Swiss Boy Scouts: Levels

Figure 1.--Here we see Cub Scouts and their Scout leaders at a campfire in the mountains in Switzerland during the 1950s. Apparently the teraine was too rough for Alelia.

Swiss Scouts have the same basic levels as Scouting around the world, but there are some differences. There is no separate program for younger children like Beavers in America. (The name varies in different countries. Rather the Beavr program is included in the Wolves (Cub Scouts). Wolves is a program for childen 6 to 12 years of age. I am not sure when Cubbing was founded, but assume it was about 1920. Scouts play an important role in the Cubbing program. The Scouting program was the original program. It is for children 10 to 18 years of age. The Rover/Ranger Scouts are for youths aged 17 to 25+ years. I'm mot sure when the Rovers were organized. Scout Leaders are for adults ages 18 to 30+ years. Swiss Scouts have a tradition of youthful leaders. Members of the district or national committees are usually in their 20s. Swiss Scouts believe that this results in greater freedom at the unit level. This also offers young adults important leadership experiences. The age groupings seems to overlap more in Swiss Scouting than in many other national programs. The Swiss Scout Association explains, The reason why the age groups overlap is because we move a Scout to the next level according to his/her maturity, not his/her age."



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