Swiss Guide and Scout Movement
The Scout Movement Switzerland (PBS ) is the umbrella organization of the Swiss Scouts and Guides ( gender neutral " scout " named ). It was created in 1987 by the merger of the Swiss Confederation Scouts (SPB ) and the Federal Swiss Girl Scouts (BSP ).
The Scout Movement Switzerland, with around 42,000 members, the largest youth organization in Switzerland. It summarizes 22 cantonal associations along with more than 600 local groups ( departments ). The PBS works on the system: "Youth leading youth". For example, a department manager is rarely over 25 and the group leaders are usually aged 16 to 20 years.
The PBS is a member of the World Scout Associations World Organization of the Scout Movement ( WOSM ) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts ( WAGGGS ).
Unlike in Germany, in Switzerland, there are only a big Scout Association. Most members are on the cantonal associations directly a member of the PBS. But the Association of Catholic Guides and Scouts is a member of PBS.
Outside the PBS emerged after 1980 several small organizations that reject the substantive modernization of Scouting, usually with a few hundred members. They include the " Swiss Boy Scouts of Europe / Scoutisme Européen Suisse " and " fire circle Niklaus von Flue ". In addition, several foreign Scout organizations have groups in Switzerland, including the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts of the USA and the Danish Scout Corps.
To implement the Scout method, Scout Movement Switzerland divides its program into five ages, are offered for the different activities, each with its own priorities.