Adopted on the General Assembly in Copenhagen 13.-14th Oct. 2006 I. Status and Description The Council of Protestants in Guiding and Scouting (CPGS) is an autonomous body of Scouts and Guides of the Protestant Christian Faith, who belong to National Member Organisations of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and/or the World Association of Girl Guides und Girl Scouting (WAGGGS). “Protestantism in Scouting” draws its basic spiritual understanding from the Christian Protestant Churches, founded on the principles of the Protestant reformation. »

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The Council of Protestants in Guiding and Scouting (CPGS) is a link of confessional Protestant Guide and Scout associations and of Pastoral Protestant committees. CPGS’ understanding of Protestantism is based on the definition of the World Council of Churches (WCC). CPGS regards Scouting and Guiding as an important contributor to the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development of youth. Furthermore, CPGS believes that all of the above mentioned dimensions of Scouting should be equally emphasized. »

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CPGS was at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree

Nine people from four different countries were in the protestant tent to anime, explain, exchange around protestantism, religions and habits of many cultures. The Protestant tent began by an exhibition about protestantism in the world showing the global spread, the main currents of protestantism and the explanation of the five solas, which are the common fundamentals of numerous protestant currents. The exhibition focused on the reformer Luther and his 95 theses as it will be the anniversary of 500 years of the reformation in 2017. »

New toolkit by VCP: “Believe.Celebrate.Be Scout”

VCP has published a new toolkit with activities for the preparation of the Jubilee of Reformation in 2017 (in German). It features: activities for cub scouts, scouts, and rovers ideas for activities at Reformation Day (31 Oct) historical information on the reformation You can download it as PDF, EPUB, or MOBI-file. »

Further Toolkits

by BSA (in English) P.R.A.Y. Program - a Bible-based religious emblems program for Protestants designed to bring children, youth, and families to Christ by EEUdF (in French) Animer un moment spirituel Découvrir le protestantisme Faire vivre la vie spi by VCP (in English) Make a difference – together with the Lutheran World Foundation and aej by VCP (in German) Arbeitshilfe zur Aktion Friedenslicht aus Bethlehem 2014 (by German Scout Federation) Gott auf der Spur (Aus der Reihe: Kinderstufe im VCP) Mit Gott unterwegs (Aus der Reihe: Pfadfinderinnen- und Pfadfinderstufe im VCP) Glauben (Aus der Reihe: Ranger-/Roverarbeit im VCP) Das Kirchenjahr feiern! »

World Scout Interreligious Forum 2014 in Paris

From 2–4 of December World Scout Interreligious Forum came together in Paris to its yearly meeting. It was attended by representatives of several religions: Besides the Protestants there were Catholic and Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Won-Buddhists, and Sikhs. The meeting was also attended by Göran Hägerdal as representative of the World Scout Bureau, Kenji Takarabe of the World Scout Jamboree Office, and Patrice Brodeur of KAIICID. The main topic of the meeting was the Faiths & Beliefs Zone at the upcoming Jamboree in Japan next year. »

General assembly 24-26 Oct 2014

Every three years, CPGS comes together to its General Assembly. At the weekend 24–26 October 2014 we met at Lutherstadt Wittenberg, the small city sout of Berlin, where Luther’s reformation began 497 years ago. After the report about the last triennium the members present (Finland, France, and Germany) introduced each other to their activities in the spiritual dimension. An important topic was the vision for CPGS: All agreed that CPGS should have more members to be able to be more active. »

Past Activities

World Scout Conference 2014 (reported by Inka Hopsu) CPGS organized together with ICCS and DESMOS an ecumenical peace prayer. CPGS had stand with posters and members had CPGS t-shirts to build up visibility. CPGS took part of formulating Joint statement of World Scout Interreligious Forum CPGS took part of Jamboree preparation meeting. CPGS took part of Interreligious Forum meeting. CPGS took part of DESMOS meeting. CPGS took part of IFJS Sabbath celebrations. »