|Training for life
Scouting completes the education
that Family and School provide. Scouting develops self-activity
and the frame for learning and acquisition of new experiences.
Boy Scouts discover the world outside the classrooms. The grown-up
leaders teach them and give them usefull skills.
A movement for the young
Scouting is a movement ... in constant development and progress.
It evolves and adapts to the conditions of the Society which it also serves, according to
An International Movement
There are Scouting Organizations, recognized by the World Scouting Bureau, operating in more than 150 countries.
A movement that expands constantly
Since its foundation in 1906, Scouting
grows constantly and expands in the whole World. Currently there are more than 16 million
Scouts, boys and girls. Scout members doubled over the last 20 years. A great part of this
augmentation took place in the developing countries. Recently, Scouting started re-operating
in the countries where it had been banned 60-70 years ago.
Open to all
Scouting is open and accepts everybody, regardelesss of religion, race or color
according to the Goal, the Principles and the Scout Method
as those were instituted by the Founder, Robert Baden-Powell.
The Founder of Scouting
Sir Robert Baden-Powell with Scouts at the Imperial Jaboree, London 1924
(foto courtesy Pine Tree Web).
Entering and staying in the Scout
Movement is an act of freewill. Each one takes responsibilities and charges
because he wishes so.
Entertainment with a goal
Through its entertaining and interesting schedule, Scouting achieves its goal, which
is to contribute to the evolvement of the moral, mental, natural and social abilities
of the young boys and girls, in order for them to become useful and trustable citizens,
conscious of their wider mission as members of the local, national and international society.
Challenge for the elder as well
It's a chance that young people get and proves helpful
for their lives. It's a way of living that can efficiently improve the relations between generations
so that mutual understanding is achieved. The elder in Scouting get trained and obtain
useful experiences for their individual improvement and evolvement.
Scouting is neither representing nor connected
to any political party or organization. Scouts are encouraged to constructively participate
and take part in activities of the society they live in.
An educational method:
with a personal commitment
- in a behavioral code: the Scout Oath and Law
were learning comes through practice
- self-learning, active participation, collective work
with operation in small workgroups
- in the friendly company of their age-mates, the Patrol, children develop leading capabilities and collective
dexterities that require collaboration and responsibility.
with attractive schedules
- of progressing activities, based on the youth's needs. Activities taking place mostly in nature
that offers a favorable environment for observation and learning. Nature combines simplicity with creation,
contains the unexpected, the new, elements that excite kid's desire to explore and enjoy them in
Way of life :
With a mental dimension
- Self-commitment for the quest of mental value beneath the material world.
With a social dimension
- Participation in the evolution of the society, respect of human dignity and integrity of
natural environment. Promotion of peace, understanding and cooperation among the people.
With a personal dimension
- Development of the feeling of personal responsibility and responsible, liberal expression of opinions
||The Soma Hellinon Proskopon (SEP, Boy Scouts of Greece) was founded under Law 1066 of 1917. It is a Personal Rights Institution, has a commonwealth character, is supervised by Hellenic Ministry of Education
and is based in Athens. It is administered by the Administrative Council that is elected every five years
by the General Assembly of the Institution. The General Assembly has a national representation.
The goal of SEP is to provide extracurricular activities
to boys and girls of Greek origin by means of application of the "Scouting System" - that contributes in the formation of moral characters - and offering of physical education mainly through collective activities, life in the outdoors,
and skill games with educative context, as this is defined by the Constitution and the Laws.
SEP operates since 1910 in the whole of the Greek dominion
and in many Hellenic communities abroad. It occupies children 7 to 19 years old, divided in three
branches, according to their age: The Cub Scouts (7-10 years old), the Boy Scouts (11-14 years old)
and the Explorers (15-19 years old). All three branches operate under the supervision and the responsibility
of trained grown-up volunteer staff that guides them to discover their ascents and interests
and enlighten their sense of cooperation and responsibility. The Scouting Program encourages
spontaneousness and the active participation in the administration of the groups the kids belong in.
SEP is continuously present since 1910 and has offered a lot
to the Hellenic society. During the national struggles, at the destruction of Asia Minor,
during the two World Wars, in the Middle East, during the National Resistance and at the Cypriot tragedy,
Boy Scouts of Greece gave their best -even their lives- for our Homeland. Follow this link
to read more about the History of Scouting in Greece.
Greek Scouts have served and still serve the society. Whenever and
wherever there's a need: In earthquakes, fires, at the villages of the border, to the impoverished child.
The Nation has recognised their services and has repeatedly honored the Scouts.
Today, SEP with it's 25.00 members, is
the largest and oldest of all Greek youth movements. Thousands of friends and parents participate
actively in the Social Sympathy Comittees and, along with the Older Scout Unions, support and help
the work accomplished at the Scout Units.
SEP is a contemporary movement for today's youth - tomorrow's citizens.
It embraces all current problems of the youth. The State, the local and other authorities,
depend on the presence of the Scouts and accept their suggestions on matters that deal with the youth.
Suggestions on subjects like education, unemployment, drugs and nature protection.
With the work it's presenting, SEP, looks forward with optimism
and continues its activities with great anticipation, with the faith and the enthousiasm of its Members.