Two Sections, Three Branches
In order to respect the vocation and psychology of each sex, Guides & Scouts of Europe- Ireland is composed of two sections: a Scout (male) section, and a Guide (female) section. Each section includes three branches:
For the male section: Wolfcubs, Scouts & Rovers
For the female section: Wolvets, Guides and Wayfarers.
This articulation, imagined by Baden Powell, corresponds to three natural steps of the evolution of the boy and the girl, as well physiologically and psychologically. From one branch to another, there is a continuity of scouting in its principles, its methods and its aims. Each branch is only an adaptation of the scout method to the concerned step: childhood, adolescence, start of man and woman’s life.
FIVE AIMS OF SCOUTING
During scouting activites there is an enmphsis on physical development, psychological and intellectual development. The activities teach the children to have a measured approach, without falling into the extremes of excessive sporting activity, hygiene and physical appearance, or on the other hand of laziness and material comfort.
The child learns to strengthen the willpower, so that he persists in his efforts, even in difficulties. To discern what is important and what is futile and to be strong in adversity and to never give up. The whole purpose of the scout method is to develop the man and the woman in an integral way, so that they can become free.
SENSE OF THE PRACTICAL
By learning to live outdoors, the child learns to adapt to the surroundings, and will find practical solutions within. The child will look for practial ways to improve his life in the outdoors. Being practical will help throughout the life: at home, house work, or more serious difficulties to resolve. The mind, stimulated by a practical question, becomes much more creative.
SENSE OF SERVICE
Through service of others, the young nurture their generosity. Service to others is important at every age and enables the child to look away from self centered questions, uneasiness or melancoly and be appreciated for thier capacity to love and to give. This is done by work on the sense of service to others daily, so that it becomes a primary attitude in everyday life.
SENSE OF GOD
This 5th goal of scouting aims at bringing the child towards the Sacred, to appreciate it, and to understand that the whole of scouting is transcended by an ideal that allows the fulfillment of man. Christ is the first scout in the activities. We show the children how to meet Him through the other 4 goals of scouting. The scout law is the summary of the Gospel.