Scout Movement Switzerland
The Scout Movement Switzerland (PBS) is the umbrella organization of the Swiss Scouts (gender-neutral and Girl Scouts Scouts called). It was created in 1987 through the merger of the Swiss Scout Association (SPB) and the Federation of Swiss Girl Scouts (BSP).
With more than 48,000 members (as of 2020), the association is the largest children and youth organization in Switzerland. It brings together 22 cantonal associations with more than 550 local groups ( departments ). The PBS works according to the principle “young people lead young people”. So which are department Executive rarely above 25 and the Group Executive old usually between 17 to 20 years.
Unlike in Germany, there is only one large scout association in Switzerland. Most of the members are direct members of the PBS through the cantonal associations. But the Association of Catholic Boy Scouts is also a member of the PBS.
Outside of the PBS, several small organizations emerged after 1980 that refuse to modernize the content of the Scout work, mostly with a few hundred members. These include the Swiss Scouting Europe / Scoutisme Européen Suisse and Feuerkreis Niklaus von Flüe . In addition, various foreign scout organizations have groups in Switzerland, including the Boy Scouts of America , the Girl Scouts of the USA and the Danish Scout Corps.
Scout & Sport AG , better known under the name hajk , is also part of the PBS structure . Hajk is the official supplier of the Swiss Scout Movement and, in addition to the specific Scout range, offers a wide range of outdoor products. Scout und Sport AG is 90% owned by the Swiss Scout Movement, the remaining 10% belong to the cantonal associations, so any profits from hajk flow entirely into youth work. There are over 500 hajk material points across Switzerland that are run by the scouting departments on a voluntary basis, and hajk also operates a shop at Speichergasse 31 in Bern and a web shop.
|old name||Name of the stage||Age||Name of the group members|
|Beaver stage||5-6 years||beaver|
|1st stage||Wolf level||6-10 years||Wolves|
|2nd stage||Path level||10-14 years||Scout|
|3rd stage||Pio level||14-17 years||Pios|
|4th stage||Rover stage||from 17 years||rover|
- History of the scout movement in Switzerland
- Pathway Aargau
- Pfadi region of Basel
- Scout Corps Patria Bern
- Scout Freiburg
- Sea scouts in Switzerland
- PTA ( Boy Scout Despite Everything )
- Scout Corps Flamberg Zurich
- Lord Baden Powell (ship)
- Felix Ruhl: 100 years of scouts , Reinhardt, Basel 2007, ISBN 978-3-7245-1440-4 .
- Katharina Kalcsics: Boy Scouts. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland .
- Scout Movement Switzerland (PBS)
- Member portal
- Association of Catholic Scouts (VKP)
- Central archive and museum of the Swiss Scout Movement
- Scout Movement Switzerland in the archive database of the Swiss Federal Archives