In “The Origins of the UIGSE-FSE” we read the following:
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.E.S., 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):
- Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
- Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
- Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.
- Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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.