Confederation of European Scouts

The Confederation of European Scouts, called in French Confédération Européenne de Scoutisme and abbreviated as CES, was formed in Brussels, Belgium, on 12 November 1978 and is still based in Belgium. CES stresses the European dimension of the Scouting programme and claims to provide the "authentic Scouting of Baden-Powell". The CES is a confederation of national federations. The CES is a split-off from the Fédération du Scoutisme Européen (FSE) later renamed to the Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d'Europe; it left after controversies about the importance of religious elements in the single associations' programs and co-education.[1] The exact number of members of the CES is unknown.

Confederation of European Scouts
Founded12 November 1978
PresidentTony Ward
Confederation of European Scouts

Member organizations

CES has national federations in:[2]

Associate Members:

Former members

The following organizations were listed as members in 2002[9] and left the CES or were dissolved between 2002 and 2009:

  • France - Fédération Française de Scoutisme (FFDS, founded 1970); umbrella federation
    • France/Alsace - Fédération du Scoutisme Européen Alsace (FSE Alsace, all known active groups are located in Germany near Mannheim)
    • France/Picardy - Guides et Scouts St Bernard
    • France/Picardy - Scouts de la Forêt de Brocéliande
    • France/Champagne - Scouts Libres Européens
  • Spain - Confederación Española de Federaciones y Asociaciones Scouts; umbrella federation[10]
    • Spain/nationwide - Federación de Asociaciones Scouts Baden-Powell (SBP)
    • Spain/Andalusia - Asociación de Guías y Scouts ASA - Andalucía (ASA)

Another former member is the Italian Federazione del Movimento Scout Italiano (until June 2006 Federazione Scautistica Italiana; FEDERSCOUT), which left the CES in 2008 joining the World Federation of Independent Scouts.

Until 1996 the CES had a member in Portugal, the Associação das Guias e Escuteiros da Europa (Guide and Scout Association of Europe),[11] which left the CES and joined the UIGSE.



  • President: Wouter Aarts (FSE-NL)
  • Vice-President: Verena Börger (BEP)
  • Secretary: Brian Cockburn (FSE-BA)
  • Treasurer: Maite Orens (E&S)


  • The emblem of Europe et Scoutisme is based on the emblem of the CES, a Fleur-de-lis with the European stars on a blue background.
  • The Bund Europäischer Pfadfinder, the Federatie Scouting Europa Nederland and the European Scout Federation (British Association) use the old emblem of the FSE, a gold fleur-de-Lys on a red Cross Paté, with a blue background.
  • The emblem of the Organización Juvenil Española is a gold lion on a red cross potent.


The Eurojam is the Scouting jamboree of the CES.[11]

YearLocation, CountryTheme/NameAttendanceAnnotations
1981Bramhope, United Kingdom-700
1985Hosenbachtal (near Niederhosenbach), GermanyPierre de Lumière (Stone of Light)> 600
1989Heeze, The NetherlandsEnvironment and Pollution~ 1,000[12]
1993Olloy-sur-Viroin, BelgiumTales and Legends1,372
1997Bassano Romano, ItalyLet us help Europe to develop1,645
2002Thoresby Hall, United KingdomRobin Hood and his merry men417planned for 2001 but postponed to 2002 due to the 2001 United Kingdom foot-and-mouth crisis[13]
2006[14]Hauenstein, GermanyVier Elemente (Four Elements)401originally planned for 2005 in Spain[15]
2010[16]Villers-sur-Lesse, BelgiumBelgian comics382 [6]
2013[17]Gilwell Ada's Hoeve, Ommen, NetherlandsThat monster, that cursed monster! (Saint George and the dragon)550 [18]
2017[19]Campamento Juvenil "Raso de la Nava", Covaleda, Spain


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  2. "Confédération Européenne de Scoutisme - National Federations". Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  3. "Europe et Scoutisme - Les Groupes". Archived from the original on 2011-04-23. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
  4. "Bund Europäischer Pfadfinder - der BEP". Retrieved 2009-11-25.
  5. "FSE Nederland". Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  6. "provisional list of entries for Eurojam 2010". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
  7. "FSE 2019" (PDF). European Scout Federation (British Association). Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  8. "Spain". Confédération Européenne de Scoutisme. Archived from the original on 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
  9. "Liste des membres de Confédération Européenne de Scoutisme" (PDF). European Commission. 2002-11-07. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2007-02-13.
  10. The Spanish federation was dissolved in 2006; both organisations are now independent.
  11. "Histoire de la Confédération Européenne de Scoutisme" (PDF). CES. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  12. "Geschiedenis van de Ashanti groep". Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  13. "Impulsnachrichten 2001/II". Archived from the original on 2016-11-26. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  14. "Eurojam 2006". Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  15. "CEFASEUROJAM ' 2005 -SPAIN-" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  16. "CES EUROJAM presentation". Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  17. "Coming Events". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  18. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-07-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. "Welcome to EurojamCES2017 – Jamboree , Camporee, Eurojam". Archived from the original on 2016-07-20. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
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