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Scouting and Guiding in Switzerland is divided in the following age groups: Beavers, for children 5-6 years old, Brownies and Cub Scouts, 6-10 years old, Scouts and Guides, 10-14 years old, Venture Scouts, 14-17 years old and Leaders and Rovers, 17 years and older.

Page Beavers Section
The Beavers section was created in the late 2000s in the Swiss Scout and Guide Movement. This additional age group was founded to allow younger children to participate in the movement. Beavers are between 5 and 6 years old, afterwards they progress to the Cub Scouts and Brownies section. Since the Beaver section was only introduced recently, not all local groups have a Beaver section yet.
Page Scouts & Guides Section
The Scouts and Guides Section, the core of the Swiss Scout and Guide Movement, is intended for young people aged 10-14. In Switzerland, most of the troops are mixed, and consist of about 25-30 girls and boys. The patrols of 6-7 people are usually either boys or girls only and are led by a patrol leader and their second.
Page Venture Scouts Section
Venture Scouts are between 14 and 17 years old. They form teams of about 5 to 10 Venture Scouts and organize their activities (called “enterprises”) on their own under the supervision of experienced leaders. At the end of their time as Venture Scouts they might start gaining their first experiences as Leaders in other sections.
Page Rovers / Leaders Section
After several years as a venture, one has become too old for organizing activities under the supervision of a venture leader. In fact, the experience he or she has acquired during these years has raised them almost at the same authority level as a leader. It is now time to become a true leader, and either to begin organizing activities for other sections, or continue living in an independent rover unit, a “clan”.
Page Organisation
The Swiss Scout and Guide Movement has a federal structure, just like the Swiss state. It consists of the local level, the regional/cantonal level and the national level. Switzerland is a federal state. This means there is no central state administering the cantons, the cantons are mostly independent states, united only to share resources for interacting with the rest of the world. This is also true for the Swiss Scout and Guide Movement.
Page Facts & Figures
Here you can find some interesting figures about Scouting and Guiding in Switzerland. For information on cantonal level, please consult the respective websites.
Page Brownies & Cub Scouts Section
Kids aged 6 to 10 years belong to the Brownies and Cub Scouts section, although in Switzerland all children in this age group are referred to as "Cub Scouts". The groups can be coeducational or separate for boys and girls depending on the preferences of the local group. They live in the imaginary world of the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. The group is divided into wolf packs, smaller groups which are led by an older and more experienced Brownie or Cub Scout.
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Swiss Guide and Scout Movement

Speichergasse 31
3011 Bern

Tel. +41 31 328 05 45

info@pbs.ch

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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

info@pbs.ch


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