Guiding and Scouting is a hobby where everyone can make new friends, have amazing adventures, and learn new skills while having fun together. The essence of this hobby is engaging in a diverse assortment of activities together with others and interacting with a wide variety of people.
The best time to join Guiding and Scouting is now! New groups for kids and young people are starting in August and in September all around Finland. All our activities are run by volunteers, and new adults are always welcome to start volunteering with us. Join us!
Guiding and Scouting is both local and global hobby and an international youth movement. Everyone’s welcome here. All genders, races and backgrounds. Regardless of your child’s physical ability – there’s a Scout adventure out there waiting for them. Guiding and Scouting is a wonderful hobby for kids who are new to Finland and families who are looking to integrate to the local community and culture.
Scouting provides young people with opportunities to participate in events, activities and projects that contribute to their growth as active members of their community. Guides and Scouts do go camping, hiking, swimming, cycling and canoeing. But they also get to hang out with their friends every week – having fun, playing games, working in a team and taking on new challenges.
Versatile hobby preparing young people with skills for life
Every week we give tens of thousands of 7-22 year olds the skills they need for school, their future job interviews, their important speeches, the tricky challenges and the big dreams: the skills they need for life. Supporting the development and growth of children and youth is a vital part of Guiding and Scouting in Finland. Improving useful skills such as problem-solving, bushcraft, first aid, and social skills happens naturally while having fun with like-minded people. Kids learn how to respect and appreciate nature, the environment, and other people.
Kids can join their local Guides and Scouts troop, even if they don’t speak the local language yet, but are willing to learn. Free-time activities and hobbies are great ways of learning the language and integrating into one’s local culture while having fun! Most of the guiding and scouting activities are currently organized in Finnish and Swedish, but many local groups also cater to those who speak English or other languages. Please don’t hesitate to ask your local group how they have organized their groups and activities.
Immigrants and refugees are warmly welcome to join
Refugees who join the Guides and Scouts of Finland do not need to pay their membership fee for the year of 2022. This exemption from 2022 membership fees for refugees applies to refugees representing all nationalities. Read more about the membership fee exemption by clicking here.
All immigrants are warmly welcome to join the scouting movement in Finland! Standard membership fee applies for those immigrants who are not refugees. Scouting is an inexpensive hobby. By paying around 60 to 80 euros per year you can participate in the activities of your local group, the Scout District and the Guides and Scouts of Finland. The fee also makes you part of the international Scout movement. The payment includes the membership fees of the Guides and Scouts of Finland and the Scout District. Some local groups may collect a separate membership fee.
We have gathered answers and advice regarding joining the Guides and Scouts of Finland in different languages, please find out more through these links:
- Information in English
- Information in Estonian
- Information in Russian
- Information in Farsi
- Information in Arabic
- Information in Somali
- Information in Kurdish – Kurmancî
- Information in Kurdish – Soranî
- Information in Ukrainian
Adults can also join the Guides and Scouts of Finland
Did you know that Scouting is a splendid free time activity for adults, too? Scouting provides a great counterbalance to work and otherwise hectic day-to-day life. The Scouts organize training for various tasks, and you may acquire study points from many of the courses. Scouting as an adult is voluntary work, which enables many children and adolescents to be part of the hobby. As a volunteer, you can define how much time and effort is feasible for you. Everyone is needed!
Join the adventure! Sign up now!
A new season of Guiding and Scouting is starting soon so now is the best time to begin your new hobby. You will find the local groups in your area as well as additional information about Scouting here: scouts.fi/join
If you are uncertain which local group would suit you or your child best, ask for advice from the Scouts’ information centre: tel. 09 8865 1100/ e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.