Scouts and Girl Scouts of Liechtenstein

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Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts of Liechtenstein
purpose Scout work
Chair: Diana Gassner
Establishment date: 1931/1989
Number of members: 670 (2017)
Seat : Schaan

The Scouts and Girl Scouts of Liechtenstein (PPL, also Pfadi Liechtenstein ) are the largest scout association in Liechtenstein . The association, with around 670 members in nine departments (local groups), is a member of the two large international umbrella organizations of the scout movement, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and the World Organization of the Scout Movement .

The association defines its goals in Article 2 of the 1992 statutes:

“The Scouts and Girl Scouts of Liechtenstein are a Christian youth movement with educational objectives, which is open to all children and young people, regardless of their denomination, for voluntary membership. Based on a Christian attitude, the scouts and girl guides of Liechtenstein contribute to the holistic development of their members and strengthen their moral and social awareness. "


After scouts from Austria , Switzerland and England took part in the clean-up work after a Rhine flood in 1927 and this selfless commitment made a good impression, Alexander Frick founded the first boy scout group for boys in Schaan in 1931 at the suggestion of Prince Franz I von und zu Liechtenstein founded. Together with the group founded in Vaduz in 1932, it formed the basis for the Princely Liechtenstein Scout Corps St. Georg (FLPK), which united the male scouts. Already at the 4th World Scout Jamboree , which took place in Hungary in 1933, the scout corps was accepted into the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

In 1932, parallel to the boy scout groups, the first scout departments came into being, which merged in the Liechtenstein scout corps Santa Maria . The Girl Scout Corps was inducted into the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1948 .

After the Second World War , the scout movement in Liechtenstein was hit twice by large waves of resignation from the older members, i.e. the rovers and group leaders. The reason for the first exit movement around 1945 was the admission of Liechtenstein National Socialists , who had previously propagated the annexation to the German Reich , which met with strong resistance in the Scout Corps, which was closely linked to the Princely House. A second massive loss occurred in the years from 1968 onwards due to the student movement and the emergence of subcultural milieus such as the hippies , to which older members migrated. This second strong loss of membership could be absorbed by intensified cooperation with the Vorarlberg regional association of Austrian scouts and later with the Swiss scout movement .

From the rover work a meanwhile dissolved Boy Scout Samaritan Association emerged , which supervised the first aid training of the Boy Scout leaders, provided medical service at PPL events and was affiliated to the Swiss Samaritan Association via the Liechtenstein Samaritan Association .

Since the early 1980s, the Boy Scout Corps and the Girl Scout Corps have been cooperating more and more. In 1983 a common scout house was inaugurated in Schaan. The cooperation was concluded in 1989 with the merger to form the boy and girl scouts of Liechtenstein .

The Liechtenstein scouts have hosted international scout conferences on several occasions. For the 14th World Scout Conference of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, held in 1953, with 175 delegates from 31 nations, a special stamp was issued with the portrait of Robert Baden-Powell , the founder of the scout movement. The German-speaking conference of the scout associations met in 1973, 2007 and 2017 in Liechtenstein.

The Liechtenstein scout movement is closely associated with the Princely House of Liechtenstein . Up until 1989, both the Boy Scout Corps and the Girl Scout Corps were run by members of the Princely House. Karl Emanuel von Liechtenstein led the scout corps from 1935 to 1971, his successor was Nikolaus von Liechtenstein until 1989 . The Girl Scout Corps was headed by Louisanne von Galen until 1973, followed by Nora von Liechtenstein until 1989 . The PPL has been headed by an elected board since 1989, and Nikolaus and Nora Elisabeth von Liechtenstein are honorary members of the association. Prince Hans Adam II and Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein have taken over the patronage of the association .

From 2010 to 2017 the association lost around 20% of its members, the absolute number of members fell from 842 to 670. During this period, the department in Eschen was also dissolved.



The PPL consist of nine local departments, each of which is divided into groups of four age groups. In the larger departments, the teams consist of small groups of six to eight children or young people who have different names depending on their level.

The PPL are headed by the association management, which is elected for two years and consists of a president and three to six other members. The association management is responsible for organizational and content-related issues, including budget planning, employee training and external representation at national and international levels.

The association magazine Knota appears four times a year ( knots until 2008 ). With the “Scout Shop” in Schaan, the association operates a shop for scout supplies.


The guiding principle of the work in the individual stages is the stage profile , in which the different work forms and contents of the stages that build on one another are presented. The focus of the first stage, the members of which are called Bienle or Wölfle , is the playful experience based on the jungle book by Rudyard Kipling . The second and third levels, the scouts and pioneers , concentrate on the “classic” scout life with the tent camp as the focus, whereby the pioneers' program is characterized by the increased acceptance of responsibility in the community. The groups of the rover stage largely organize themselves; The core of the work in this stage is the service within and outside the scout community.

Age step Name of the
small groups
7-11 years Bienle / Wölfle Swarms / packs
11-15 years Girl scouts Patrols
15-18 years Pioneers Patrols
18-25 years Rover or ladder Round

Members over 25 years of age either work as leaders in youth work or join the Liechtenstein Scout Guild , an association of former scouts belonging to the International Scout and Guide Fellowship . The leader training is carried out in cooperation with youth and sport .


  • Alexander Frick: 50 years of scouts in Liechtenstein. Address . Liechtenstein Academic Society, Vaduz 1981.
  • 75 years of scouts in Liechtenstein . Scouts and Girl Scouts of Liechtenstein (Ed.), O. O. 2006.

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Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Continuing on good paths. In: Liechtenstein Fatherland, March 26, 2018, accessed on April 16, 2018 .
  2. a b PPL statistics 2017. In: Knota 3/2017. P. 20 , accessed on August 24, 2017 .
  3. quoted from Peter Eberle: A work on the subject of "Animation Spiritual" . ( Memento of February 7, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF), p. 18; Retrieved March 26, 2007
  4. a b History of the Liechtenstein scout movement . ( Memento of January 17, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Scouts and Girl Scouts of Liechtenstein; Retrieved March 26, 2007
  5. ^ Trefoil round the World . ISBN 0-900827-75-0 , pp. 187 f.
  6. The PSV… Scout Samaritan Association, archived from the original on September 28, 2007 ; Retrieved August 25, 2017 .
  7. Scouts and Girl Scouts of Liechtenstein: About our Association ( Memento from September 28, 2007 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on March 26, 2007