WHO WE ARE?
The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP) is registered as an independent legal entity in Poland providing dynamic, values-based, non-formal educational and leadership training programmes for girls and boys between the ages of 6 and 25. Its activities are open to all young people, regardless of origin, nationality, race or creed. It aims to provide a safe environment for young people to develop their fullest potential as responsible and active citizens who participate in their local, national and international communities and all areas of society. Currently the membership of ZHP is about 95 000 girls and boys and leaders.
ZHP is member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Women are registered as members of WAGGGS, men are members of WOSM.
ZHP IS ALSO A MEMBER OF
BROWNIES AND CUB SCOUTS, IN POLISH: ZUCHY (6-10 YEARS) – PLAY IN THEIR PACKS
In the programme of the youngest members the world of imagination plays an important role. Any kind of learning is accomplished by playing games. The youngest members are organized into cub packs. Children learn to integrate into a collective of friends. Adults give them real responsibility gradually but at the same time they ensure physical, emotional and mental safety.
GUIDES AND SCOUTS, IN POLISH: HARCERKI & HARCERZE (10-13 YEARS) – LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD AND PEOPLE THROUGH GAMES AND FUN
The importance of the patrol system is growing at this age. It is a system of natural “gangs” of young people, which enables full participation and self-realization of each member. At the head of such a patrol there is an experienced peer – a young leader (patrol leader). A symbolic framework of scouts and guides is discovering and exploring the world around them and the outdoors is the preferred environment for activities.
VENTURE GUIDES AND VENTURE SCOUTS, IN POLISH: HARCERKI STARSZE & HARCERZE STARSI (13-16 YEARS) – LOOK FOR THEIR PLACE IN LIFE BY UNDERTAKING VARIOUS PROJECTS
The characteristic form of activity for senior scouts and guides is quest. The teams begin their quest to discover new authorities and their own perspective on the world. They learn responsibility by carrying out projects. The adults are present but their role is that of advisers and supporters.
RANGERS AND ROVERS, IN POLISH: WĘDROWNICZKI & WĘDROWNICY (16-21 YEARS) – HELP OTHERS, MASTER THEIR SKILLS AND REACH BEYOND THEIR CAPABILITIES
The majority of activities of this age group take place at the level of rover groups. Adult leader is the first among equals. The centre of rover programme is composed of wandering, travelling, self-discovering, discovering of one’s values and character. Rangers and Rovers prepare challenging projects for themselves. They organize mountain expeditions and international trips. They participate actively in environmental protection and carry out service for local communities.
SCOUT VALUES IN ZHP
THE GUIDE AND SCOUT PROMISE
IT IS MY SINCERE WISH TO SERVE GOD AND POLAND WITH THE WHOLE OF MY LIFE, TO GIVE MY WILLING HELP TO OTHER PEOPLE, AND TO OBEY THE GUIDE AND SCOUT LAW.
THE GUIDE AND SCOUT LAW
THE BROWNIE/CUB SCOUT PROMISE
I PROMISE TO BE A GOOD BROWNIE/CUB SCOUT AND ALWAYS OBEY THE BROWNIE/CUB SCOUT LAW.