Guiding and Scouting in Finland

Guiding and Scouting in Finland is based on work by volunteers. We provide non-formal education activities for the personal development of children and young people and our groups are open for all. We try to reach people from different backgrounds and focus on diversity. There are 750 local groups and about 70% of them have a Christian congregation as a background organisation. Local groups run by volunteers offer activities to all of our five age groups.

A typical feature of Finnish Guiding and Scouting is our young leaders: young people are given positions of responsibility from early on – typically leaders of local groups are in their twenties and regional level leaders and national level volunteers in their late twenties. In Finland our aim is that our organisation should truly be a movement for young people by young people. To enable this we need adults who support and mentor young leaders. Outdoor activities are an essential part of Guiding and Scouting in Finland; summer and winter camps, day trips in the forest and sailing are available to all. Our organisation is co-educational and most of the local groups are mixed.

Guiding and Scouting started in Finland in 1910. The Union of Finnish Girl Guides worked in co-operation with the Scout Union of Finland. In 1972 they merged and became one organisation, Suomen Partiolaiset – Finlands Scouter ry (The Guides and Scouts of Finland).

At the moment the Guides and Scouts of Finland have 65,000 members – during the last few years the membership has been growing.

To read more about guiding and scouting in Finland please visit
www.partio.fi/en