The Scouts & Guides is a voluntary, non-political, educational movement for young people open to all without distinction of origin, race or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by the Founder Lord Baden Powell in 1907. Scouting / Guiding or the Scout Movement is a movement that aims to support young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development. The movement employs Scout method which focuses strongly on survival skills and practical outdoor activities like camping, woodcraft, hiking, sports etc. It is divided into sections by age or school grade allowing activities to be tailored to the maturity of the group’s members starting from the age of 7 years.
Scouting is all about building confidence and self-esteem, learning important life skills and leadership skills, team building, outdoor adventure, education and fun. Scouts learn how to make good choices and to take responsibility for their actions so that they are prepared for their adult life as independent persons. The mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society. Handicapped boys and girls also participate in the Scouting program.
The Scouting and Guiding Movements believe in the importance of the spiritual development of young people but uphold the principle that specific religious instruction is the responsibility of parents and religious authorities. The Scouting/Guiding Movements adapt to local conditions, languages and cultures but all national Scouting/Guiding programs share certain characteristics. Using the outdoors as a key learning resource, young people working in small groups participate in a progressive non-formal system of self-education. These programs customized to appropriate age groups are designed to stimulate the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of young people.