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The Firaisan'ny Skotisma eto Madagasikara
, the national federation of three Scouting
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organizations of Madagascar
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. Scouting in Madagascar was started in 1921 under the auspices of the respective French organizations
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. The federation was founded in 1959 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement
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in 1960. The coeducational Firaisan'ny Skotisma eto Madagasikara has 14,905 members as of 2011.
Members of the federation are
- Antilin'i Madagasikara (Catholic
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, boys only)
- Kiadin'i Madagasikara - Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs de Madagascar (interreligious, coeducational)
- Mpanazava sy Tily eto Madagasikara - Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs Unionistes de Madagascar (Protestant
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Unionist Scouts of Madagascar, coeducational)
The two latter organizations are also members of the Skotisma Zazavavy eto Madagasikara
Skotisma Zazavavy eto Madagasikara is the national Guiding federation of Madagascar. It serves 25,152 members . Founded in 1941, the federation became a full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1963....
- Fédération du Scoutisme Féminin de Madagascar
, the national Guiding
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federation, which is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
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All three associations in this Federation are community development oriented and there are several development centers in the capital and the provinces.
Scouts take an active part in rural education and help with instruction in adult literacy classes. They also help during national disasters, undertaking relief projects, rescuing farmers during flooding, and rounding up cattle to move them to high land.
The Scout Motto is Sois Prêt
(Be Prepared) or Toujours Prêt
(Always Prepared) in French, depending on the organization.
The Scout emblems of each association incorporate the national colors of the flag of Madagascar
The flag of Madagascar was adopted on 14 October 1958, two years before the independence of that nation, as Madagascar prepared for a referendum on its status in the French Community....