Lëtzebuerger Guiden a Scouting
The Lëtzebuerger Guiden a Scouten (LGS, Luxembourg Boy Scouts ) are the largest scout association in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg . The originally Catholic association is now Christian-oriented and is supported by the Catholic Church , but accepts children and young people of all religions. The LGS have around 5000 members.
The association is co-educational : As Guiden the female members are called, the scouting are the male members. The LGS are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and, through the Luxembourg Boy Scouts Association, also of the World Organization of the Scout Movement .
The first Catholic scout groups in Luxembourg came into being in 1913 as part of the Association of Luxembourg Catholic Youth Associations . They merged in 1919 to form the Lëtzebuerger Scouten ( Fédération Nationale des Scouts du Luxembourg ). Groups for Catholic Girl Scouts were only founded in autumn 1938, when Pierre Posing initiated the Lëtzebuerger Guiden ( Catholic Luxembourg Girl Guides ).
Two years later, scouting work was banned by the German occupation authorities. Some groups continued to work despite the ban; some of their leaders were deported to concentration camps.
In 1945 the Lëtzebuerger Scouten founded the Luxembourg Boy Scouts Association together with the Féderation Nationale des Eclaireurs du Luxembourg in order to create a common representation in the world scout movement. In 1950, this was also achieved by the girl scouts who work together in the Bureau de Liaison des Associations Guides du Luxembourg with the Association des Girl Guides Luxembourgoises .
Due to the social change of the 1960s, the two Catholic associations cooperated more and more intensively. The resulting long consultation process was completed in 1994 through the merger to form a code-educational association, today's Lëtzebuerger Guiden a Scouten .
The association is divided into around 60 local groups. Almost all of them work co-educational, as a rule all age groups from Wëllefcher are offered, the beaver level is rarely represented.
The LGS is headed by a three-person board consisting of the chairman, his deputy and a curate . They are supported in an extended board by numerous representatives, among others for the age groups and international cooperation.
Joined the Association's own 1987 founded Agency for International Development , the Guiden a scouting mat of Drëtter world ( Scouts for the Third World ), which, among other projects in Bolivia , Chile , India , Niger and Senegal performs. The foundation Guiden a Scouten am Déngscht vun de Jonken ( scouts in the service of youth ) ensures the financing of the work and operates the office of the association, which is located in the Weimerskircher Mühle , a former foundry in Luxembourg-Weimerskirch .
The association is divided into five age groups, which work with different, age-appropriate forms of the boy scout method. The stages are:
- Beaver (6 to 8 years)
- Wëllefcher (8 to 11 years)
- Aventuren an Explorer (AvEx; 11 to 14 years)
- Caravellen a Pionéier (CaraPio; 14 to 17 years)
- Ranger a Rover (RaRo; 17 to 23 years).
Older members can take on management tasks in the association, be active in promoting or join an old scout guild .