We note some local French youth groups that do not seem to be associated with any national group. We think that these groups may have been loosely organized, often by a Parish priest, before Scouting was established. We do not know know much about these groups. As far we can tell,they were esentially curch based. We have not yet noticed secular groups. While church-bsed, we do not notice any central organization. Here ome parish priests seemto have taken an interest in organizing challenging activities for boys. We do not know just when this began, but we see groups in the very early 20th century. There was initially some suspicion in France about Scouting, especially within the Church. First Scouting was an English creation. Second, England was a Protestant country. The ideas was so compelling, however, that Scouting soon took over from these local groups.
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