International Catholic Conference of Scouting

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International Catholic Conference of Scouting
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Headquarters Rome, Italy [1]
CountryInternational
Founded1948 [1]
Membership68 members organisations [2]
ICCS ChairmanBray Barnes (USA)
ICCS PresidentRoberto Cociancich (Italy)
ICCS World Chaplain Jacques Gagey (France) [3]
Website
cics.org
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The International Catholic Conference of Scouting (ICCS) is an autonomous, international body committed to promoting and supporting Catholic Scout associations and to be a link between the Scout movement and the Catholic Church. Its headquarters is located in Rome, Italy.

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It enjoys consultative status with the World Scout Committee [4] and forms the World Scout Inter-religious Forum (WSIF) [5] together with the Council of Protestants in Guiding and Scouting, International Link of Orthodox Christian Scouts, International Union of Muslim Scouts, International Forum of Jewish Scouts, Won-Buddhism Scout and World Buddhist Scout Brotherhood.

Council of Protestants in Guiding and Scouting

The Council of Protestants in Guiding and Scouting (CPGS) is an autonomous, international body committed to promoting and supporting Protestant Scout and Guide associations and to be a link between the Scout movement and Protestant churches based on the definition of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

International Link of Orthodox Christian Scouts

The International Link of Orthodox Christian Scouts is an autonomous, international body committed to promoting and supporting Orthodox Scout associations and to be a link between the Scout movement and Orthodox churches.

International Union of Muslim Scouts

The International Union of Muslim Scouts (IUMS) is an autonomous, international body committed to promoting and supporting Islam within Scouting. Its headquarters are in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

There is a close cooperation with the International Catholic Conference of Guiding (ICCG). [6]

It represents about 8 million Scouts. [2]

History

At the 1st World Scout Jamboree in London Father Jacques Sevin SJ of France, Jean Corbisier of Belgium and Count Mario di Carpegna of Italy decided to create an international umbrella for Catholic Boy Scouts. Pope Benedict XV supported this idea and in 1922 Catholic Boy Scouts from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain and Hungary created this umbrella organisation. Its rules were approved by the Pope in the same year. World War II made an end to this organisation. 1946 and 1947 the contacts between the Catholic Scout associations were reestablished and since 1948 conferences took place every year [1] i.e. in 1958 in Vienna. [7]

1st World Scout Jamboree

The 1st World Scout Jamboree was held from 30 July 1920 to 8 August 1920 and was hosted by the United Kingdom at Kensington Olympia in London. 8,000 Scouts from 34 nations attended the event, which was hosted in a glass-roofed building covering an area of 6 acres (24,000 m2).

Jacques Sevin French Jesuit

Jacques Sevin was a French Jesuit known for his role in the introduction of Scouting to France.

Jean Corbisier, a Belgian professor, was one of the founders of Catholic Scouting.

In June 1962 the Holy See approved the statutes and the Charter of Catholic Scouts, and the umbrella of Catholic Boy Scouting took the name International Catholic Conference of Scouting. In 1977 the new charter was approved by the Holy See. [1]

Holy See Episcopal jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, Italy

The Holy See, also called the See of Rome, refers to the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome, known as the pope, which includes the apostolic episcopal see of the Diocese of Rome with universal ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the worldwide Catholic Church, as well as a sovereign entity of international law.

At the 2011 World Council, the structure of ICCS was modified for 3 years. Instead of a Secretary General, a Chairman and a President (with equal powers) were elected. [2]

Members

Africa Region

Full members

Scoutisme Béninois

Scoutisme Béninois is the national Scouting organization of Benin. Scouting in Benin started around 1930 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1964 under the previous name Dahomey. Its Girl Guide branch, the Guides du Bénin, is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Association des Scouts du Burundi

The Association des Scouts du Burundi, the national Scouting organization of Burundi, was founded in 1940, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1979. The coeducational Association des Scouts du Burundi has 6,661 members as of 2008.

Fédération du Scoutisme Tchadien

The Fédération du Scoutisme Tchadien, the national federation of two Scouting organizations in Chad, was founded in 1960, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1974. The coeducational Fédération du Scoutisme Tchadien has 14,500 members as of 2011.

Observers:

America Region

Full members:

Observers:

Candidates:

Asia-Pacific Region

Full members:

Observers:

European-Mediterranean region [11]

Full members:

Observers:

Candidates:

Activities

World Scout Conference and Regional Scout Conferences

ICCS was represented at the 38th World Scout Conference in Korea. [12] ICCS was also represented at the 14th Africa Scout Conference in Accra in November 2009. [13]

World Scout Jamborees and World Scout Moot

ICCS is active at World Scout Jamborees. At the 20th World Scout Jamboree i.e. there was a special award issued by ICCS and an order of mass [14] and a song book [15] was published. The ICCS was also involved in the 21st World Scout Jamboree with its own center the Hyland Abbey. [16] ICCS will also be present in 2011 at the World Jamboree in Sweden. [17] ICCS is also an active participant of the World Scout Moot i.e. in 2000 in Mexico. [18]

International Scout Ecumenical Encounter

The ICCS was an active participant in all the International Ecumenical Scout Encounters:

World Scout Interreligious Symposium

ICCS was an active participant of all World Scout Interreligious Symposium:

International Scout Week

Between August 16 and 23, 2009 a Scout Week took place in Taizé for the first time. [25] 56 Scouts und Scoutleaders from Egypt, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic and Hungary took part in this international week. [26] This event is scheduled for every summer. [27] In 2010 it will take place between August 22 and 29. [28]

World Youth Day

ICCS not only takes part in the activities of World Scouting, but also supports events of the Catholic Church. So ICCS is present at the World Youth Days. So there was a vigil organised by ICCS, ICCG and AGESCI at the World Youth Day in Rome with thousands of Scouts from all over the world. [29] ICCS will be present at the 15th World Youth Day in August 2010 in Madrid. [30]

Trainings and other events

ICCS hold regularly courses and camps for Scouts, Scoutleaders and chaplains and regional and world level.i.e. in December 2009 and January 2010 the Living Stones Camp, [31] ICCS World Seminar 2008 in Korea, [32] Pastoral Seminar for Central Europe, [33] ICCS Scout Jamboree in Thailand [34] ...

International Awareness recognition

This is an opportunity offered by the ICCS to all youth and adult members of the Boy Scouts of America. [35]

Brotherhood of Saint George

The honor society of the International Catholic Conference of Scouting is the Brotherhood of Saint George. Catholic Scoutleaders and Chaplains are honoured by getting the membership. [36] [37]

Publications

See also

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