On November 1st 1956 in Cologne, Germany, about fifty young German and French chiefs met; they were Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox. Their meeting gave birth to the “Federation of European Scouting”.
As official emblem for all associations, the Federation adopted a Malta cross with eight points and a golden fleur-de-lis. This choice was not made by chance. It was on All Saints’ Day, when the Church proclaims solemnly the eight beatitudes to the whole world. For the F.S.E., these beatitudes are precisely symbolised by the eight points of its emblem.
The red color is symbolic of the blood Our Savior shed on the Cross for us, while the golden color of the fleur-de-lys symbolizes the Light of Christ. The eight points of the Maltese Cross symbolize the Eight Beatitudes with which Our Lord opened the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-10):
The FNE Explorers’ flag incorporates this emblem on a background of white over black:
Our flag is normally flown 24 hours a day while at camp, it represents a form of spiritual protection. The white represents day and the black night as our program runs both day and night. White also represents goodness and love that overcomes hate and evil represented in black as to living in every day society - to be prepared.
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