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The Scout and Guide Method

The Scout and Guide method explains the educational part of what we call “Scouting and Guiding”. It describes the main goals of Scouting and Guiding and the means to achieve them. The main goal of Scouting and Guiding in Switzerland is to promote the overall personal development, enabling children and youth to become responsible citizens.

The Swiss Scout and Guide method is based on the methods of the world associations. The fundamental principles of the MSdS are divided into five relations and seven methods. The five relations describe the goals we want to achieve in Scouting and Guiding, whereas the seven methods describe how we mean to achieve them.


Scouting and Guiding achieves its goals (relations) through the methods by the means of the activities.

The five relations (goals)

The meaning of “overall development” is defined using the five relations. These relations are all complementary. For each relation, the Swiss Scout and Guide Movement formulates a goal, which its members try to achieve by the activities they offer, using the seven methods.

  • Relationship with the self: being self-confident and critical
  • Relationship with the body: taking care of the body and expressing oneself
  • Relationship with others: meeting others and respecting them
  • Relationship with the world: being creative and act in an ecological way
  • Relationship with God/spiritual dimension: being open and reflective


The seven methods

The seven methods are ways given by the SSGM to achieve the educational goals.

  • Personal development
  • Law and Promise
  • Life in the group
  • Rituals and traditions
  • Participation and responsibility
  • Outdoor life
  • Game play


Swiss Guide and Scout Movement

Speichergasse 31
3011 Bern

Tel. +41 31 328 05 45

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Pfadibewegung Schweiz (PBS)
Speichergasse 31
CH-3011 Bern

Tel.: +41 31 328 05 45  (phone numbers of the staff at the general secretariat)
Fax: +41 31 328 05 49

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