Everything is possible in Guiding and Scouting

Guiding and Scouting is a wonderful means of learning new things about nature, yourself, other people and your own living environment. You get to pick up new things by doing them yourself instead of reading about them in books. Scouting is all about doing things together: hiking, skiing, canoeing, sailing, practising first aid, making crafts and honing your woodcraft skills in the great outdoors. Scouting is a hobby where each individual can truly make a difference!

Scouting is for everyone

Everyone is welcome to join Guiding and Scouting! Anyone who is 7 years of age or older is free to join and there is no maximum age limit. The essence of Scouting is engaging in a diverse assortment of activities together with others and interacting with a wide variety of people. Where you come from is not important. All you need is a willingness to get involved. In addition to smaller events, Guides and Scouts hold large-scale events and camps. They provide an amazing opportunity to meet your peers from all over Finland and the world. There are 38 million Guides and Scouts in 200 countries worldwide. The Guides and Scouts of Finland is the largest youth organisation in the country with a whopping 65,000 members.

Find out more about our values, objectives and programme click here

Scouting is about doing things together

Guides and Scouts operate in local groups (”lippukunta” in Finnish), which are situated around the country. The local groups are communities of children, youths and adults that work together to plan and implement various kinds of Guiding and Scouting activities. The different age groups within the local groups usually meet once a week at their designated premises. The children’s groups are led by adults, but in the youth groups, the leaders are only a few years older than the group members. The local group itself is led by an adult with the help of a number of willing youths and adults. Every group leader is trained for his or her tasks.

The Helsinki Metropolitan Area Guides and Scouts (abbreviated PäPa) is an association for all the guides and scouts in the the local troops and their members from the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa.

The guides and scouts organize many kinds of events and camps, scout skill competitions and many types of training in their area. All of this supports the scouting activities in the local troops. All together, 1 000 000 hours of volunteer work is conducted every year in the troops of PäPa!

That’s really something!

In guiding and scouting youngsters enthusiastically plan their own activities and carry them out. In fact, with its 10 000 members, PäPa is the largest youth organization in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

PäPa is also one of the ten scouting districts in the Guides and Scouts of Finland. This means that through the national association, all the guides and scouts of PäPa belong to the worldwide scouting movement. A city, a forest or even the entire world can serve as the adventure grounds for guides and scouts.

Volunteering for Scouts and Guides

Guiding and Scouting is also an excellent hobby for adults. 
What can you do in scouting?
  • help in organizing camps and weekend trips to the woods
  • help in leading groups or lead groups (eg. once a week/ once in two weeks 3 hours)
  • help with the support functions such as running the organization, baking for the Christmas sale, cooking at the weekend trip, organizing activities for the leaders, participating in the community effort,  help to develop the local group’s communication channels or websites etc.
  • participate in big projects such as development projects or big camps
What do you get from scouting?
  • possibility to do good
  • possibility to support young people in their personal growth either working with them directly or indirectly by working in the support functions
  • bunch of new friends and a community
  • new experiences and wilderness skills
  • support to work in their own role from peers, trainings and courses
  • possibility for self-development in the long run

How to join the scouts?

All children from the age of 7, youngsters or adults can become scouts or guides!

If you want to join us, contact our office

e-mail: paakaupunkiseutu( @ )partio.fi or phone: 09-8865 1200.

Would love to join the Guides and Scouts, but the fee seems to be a bit too much?

We believe that everybody should have a chance to become a guide or a scout if they wish so in spite of their financial status. In case you are not able to pay the annual membership fee for instance on grounds of a sudden illness, unemployment or family issues, please send an application to us.

A free membership can be granted based on economical, health or social issues. This benefit is mainly aimed for underage children. You can apply for the benefit throughout the year.

How to apply

  • Please contact your local guide/scout group to join in as a member (or contact our office on 09 8865 1200 or papa.toimisto(a)partio.fi – we will be happy to help you with finding a suitable group for you). You will find their contact information here.
  • After joining a group and receiving an invoice for the membership fee you can apply for an exemption. Please note to apply before the due date on the invoice.
  • Please apply for a free annual membership either online or by posting a printed form to our office. All applications will be kept strictly confidential.

Please apply either

  • online or
  • print out, fill in and mail the application to us or
  • get your copy from Partioasema (Töölönkatu 55, 00250 Helsinki)

Please address the application to

Mimmu Mannermaa, Pääkaupunkiseudun Partiolaiset ry, Töölönkatu 55, 00250 Helsinki

Further information: Executive Director Mimmu Mannermaa, mimmu.mannermaa@partio.fi or tel. 040 132 7088.

For group leaders

Useful links:

How to gain new adult volunteers?

  • use your own and friends contacts
  • contact other organisations and visit their events
  • organise your own event/ go to your areas event
  • keep in touch with the recruits even though your group wouldn’t start right away.
  • send your new members to Introduction to Guiding and Scouting course or Guide and Scout Leader Basic Training, First Aid and rescue trainings
  • organize skills training in all the same skills that the new leaders will be teaching the children in the near future.
  • translate all the activities and skills badges materials of age group of interest in appropriate language as soon as possible to support on boarding.
  • give responsibility. What ever you do with new adults, do it in the scout way. Scouting is learning by doing. Encourage them taking initiative and bringing one’s own knowledge and experience in right now. Step back but keep inviting initiative and fill in the gaps that might stop the movement. Don’t just invite in and then leave in the middle of empty space.
  • if you have english speaking group with english speaking leders in your local group, your local group is multilangual. All information belongs to everybody. Figure out how you most efficiently communicate in many languages at the same time without making fellow scouts feel discirimated or left out.
  • make sure that new leaders are added to the all same maling lists, Facebook groups etc than other leaders are as soon as possible.
  • be the Adult Tutor yourself. Someone has to be there and in touch almost every day. Show yourself that you are making the effort as well. 

How to start a new group?

  • contact the local school and/ or kindergarten and ask if you could go for a visit and make a short introduction to scouting and guiding
  • Ask school’s headmaster to send out your invitations through Wilma communications as the parents read it.

Want to start a new group in English?

  • contact your nearest international or multilingual schools and their parents’ association for co-operation.
  • deliver your fliers in the offices of international companies of the nearby area.
  • contact the companies directly and personally and ask their help to send your message to their employees.