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First Scout Unit of Skopje (PSIO) is the oldest reconnaissance unit in the Republic of Macedonia. It was established in the autumn of 1952, in order to transform into the Association of the Scouts of Macedonia (SIM) in 1953. Over the years PSIO has changed its name in honor of Marshal Josip Broz Tito, president of the former SFR Yugoslavia, but after the independence of Macedonia the Unit has resumed its primary name – the First Scout Unit of Skopje.
PSIO is defined as a non-governmental organization, an independent, non-political, non-profit, voluntary and educational organization for children and young people, open to all regardless of nationality or religion. PSIO is part of the World Scout Movement (WOSM) and as such it exists and is based on the core values of Scouting.
There are more than 80 active Scouts in our scout unit categorized in several age groups. Scouts from 7 to 10 belong to a flock group, called Cubs (Razvigorci); from 11 to 14 they enter the patrol and are called ‘younger Scouts’; from 15 to 21 they form a youth club of scouts, and those over 21 are called ‘rovers’. In PSIO the scouts are distributed in 3 flocks, 4 patrols, 1 club of high school scouts, and 1 club of rovers that are guided by their leaders - volunteers.
The mission of the scout movement is to contribute to the education of young people through a system of values based on the scout Oath and Laws, to help building a better world where people are satisfied as individuals and play a constructive role in society. This is achieved by including young people in informal educational process using specific reconnaissance method that makes each individual a major agent in their own development. This mission was adopted at the World Scout Conference held in Durban, South Africa, in 1999.
The goal of PSIO is to influence the physical, affective, creative and social development of children and youth through the Scout method which is based on oaths and laws, learning through work, personal development, work in small groups, support from adults, symbolic framework and all this by following the basic reconnaissance principles:
1. Commitment to yourself
2. Commitment to others
3. Commitment to spiritual development