Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder

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Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder
Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder (VCP) Logo (Lilie).svg
Association of Christian Scouts and Guides
Founded1973 (1973)
BundesvorstandOliver Mahn, Neals Nowitzki, Natascha Sonnenberg
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The Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder (roughly: Association of Christian Guides and Scouts, VCP) is a German Protestant coed Scouting and Guiding association. According to the VCP, the organization has about 47,000 members.

It is a member of the Ring deutscher Pfadfinderverbände (Federation of German Scouting Associations, RdP), which in turn is a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), and a member of the Ring Deutscher Pfadfinderinnenverbände (Federation of German Guiding Associations, RDP), which in turn is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). [1]


The association was formed in 1973 through the merger of three Protestant associations:

  • Bund Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen (founded in 1922; only in Bavaria; girls only)
  • Christliche Pfadfinderschaft Deutschlands (first groups in 1910, founded in 1921; boys only until 1969)
  • Evangelischer Mädchen-Pfadfinderbund (founded in 1926; not in Bavaria; girls only)

In 1976, some traditional Scouting groups left and formed a separate association, using the former name Christliche Pfadfinderschaft Deutschlands again.[2]

Two years later, the VCP held his first national jamboree. Since then, roughly every four years a national jamboree has taken place:

In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first groups of Protestant Scouts and Guides were formed in the still existent German Democratic Republic. Today, the VCP is present in all Federal States of Germany.[3]


The association is divided in three age-groups:

  • Kinderstufe - Cub Scouts (ages 7 to 10)
  • Pfadfinderstufe - Scouts (ages 10 to 15)
    • Jungpfadfinderinnen and Jungpfadfinder (ages 10 to 13)
    • Pfadfinderinnen and Pfadfinder (ages 13 to 16)
  • Roverstufe - Rover Scouts (ages 16 to 20)

The age-groups can be identified by their scarfs. Cubs wear scarfs with orange stripes, Jungpfadfinder with light green stripes, Pfadfinder scarfs with dark green stripes and Ranger/Rover stripes with bordeaux-red stripes.

There is also a special branch for adults in Scouting, the Erwachsenenarbeit, which aims at all members older than 21 years including leaders and non-leaders, they wear scarfs with purple stripes.

Like most German Scout associations, the VCP emphasizes on youth leadership. Most patrol leaders start at 16 and most leaders up to district level are younger than 25.


The VCP has no common Scout Promise, its constitution proposes the following text, but other wordings are possible:

Im Vertrauen auf Gottes Hilfe
will ich christliche Pfadfinderin/christlicher Pfadfinder sein
und nach unseren Regeln mit euch leben.
Trusting on the help of God
I want to be a Christian Scout/Christian Guide
and to live with you according to our rules.


The association has no common Scout Law, it uses Scout rules, which should be formulated individually by each group. The constitution proposes a number of points, which should go into these rules. Despite this, many subdivisions of the association use a common Scout Law.

Scout centres[edit]

The VCP runs two national Scout centres:

as well as a number of regional Scout centres mostly maintained by subnational divisions of the association.

Rieneck Castle was leased by the Christliche Pfadfinderschaft Deutschlands in 1959 and bought in 1967, it is mainly used for training courses on national level, and the annual International Creative Workshop (IMWe). The VCP-Bundeszeltplatz was bought in 1997 and hosts camps from group to national level.

International Creative Workshop[edit]

The International Creative Workshop[4] (German: Internationale Musische Werkstatt (IMWe))[5] is an annual Scouting and Guiding event run by the VCP,[6][7] it usually takes place at Rieneck Castle.[4] As a Wood Badge training event,[6] the aim of IMWe is to give leaders of Guide and Scout groups the opportunity to explore their creative talents in a relaxed setting.[4] IMWe is prepared on behalf of the VCP by an international group of scouts[8] who meet several times a year to organize the workshop, which is held around Easter;[4] the workshop lasts for 8 or 9 days, with a symbolic framework or theme.[4] Participants have to be aged 17 years or older.[5][4][9] IMWe has been represented at international Scouting events such as EuroJam 2005[10] and World Scout Moot in 2015.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Unser Verband". Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Geschichte" (in German). Christliche Pfadfinderschaft Deutschlands. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Landesbüros". Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Søvik, Jostein (28 March 2008). "International Creative Workshop (IMWe)". (in English/Norwegian). Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2019.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  5. ^ a b "IMWe 2018 - International Creative Workshop for Scouts". 3 April 2018. Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b Strunk, Piet (2011). Die Pfadfinder in Deutschland 1909 - 2009 [Scouting in Germany 1909 - 2009] (in German). Novum Publishing. p. 255. ISBN 978-3-99003-246-6.
  7. ^ "Bundesverdienstorden für Bocholter Ehrenamt" [Federal Merit Order for Bocholt volunteer] (in German). Kirchenkreis Steinfurt-Coesfeld-Borken Evangelical Church. 12 October 2013. Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Við beislum sköpunarkraftinn og nýtum í starfið" [We harness creativity and use it for the job]. (in Icelandic). 29 April 2014. Archived from the original on 20 July 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  9. ^ "IMWE". Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Buehne" [Stage] (in German). German Contingent to the 2011 World Scout Jamboree. Archived from the original on 31 August 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  11. ^ Moot Handbook (PDF) (Report). UK Contingent to the 2017 World Scout Moot. p. 21. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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