Guides and Scouts (12 to 17 years)
The aim of Scouting is sainthood, and the green branch deploys the scouting method for Guides and Scouts in order to set them on this course.
The green branch method is based on teen psychology. It uses what interests that age group (the need for self-affirmation, the taste for adventure, the instinct to gather in order to play and act, the desire to live one’s adult life in advance) to channel their activities and their energy. In this way their sense of responsibility is cultivated. This is how they grow into responsible adults.
Organisation of the green branch
Scouts and guides are organised in patrols of 5 to 8 members, aged 11/12 to 16/17. Two to four patrols make a Troop (boys) or a Company (girls) led by a Troop Chief or a Company Chief with assistant chief.
Each scout and guide in the patrol has responsibility for an Action Post for which he/she acquires a special training. There are 7 Action Posts:
- The Pioneer
- The Messenger
- The Animator
- The Explorer
- The Cook
- The Liturgist
- The First Aider
Every Scout or Guide has a responsibility for the good running of the Patrol.
In the Patrol one of the teens is the Patrol Chief. Each Patrol Chief is responsible for his or her Patrol and is also a member of the council of the adult chiefs and thus he takes part in the governing of the Troop or Company.
Each Scout and Guide, is invited to progress by completing tests that develop the points of the scouting method. This progression starts with a preparation to the Promise, then a level of Second Class, then a level of First Class. This progression is completed by technical badges (navigation, signalling, cook, first aider). The tests for the classes are more focused on the acquisition of the scout spirit whereas the badges are technical realisations.
Scout Promise: “On my honour, with God’s grace, I pledge to do my best to serve God, the Church, my Country and Europe, to help my neighbour at all times, and to comply with the Scout/Guide Law“.