FDF is one of the largest Christian organizations for children and youth in Denmark. The aim of FDF is to share the Gospel with children and youth. Since 1902, FDF has been an independent and voluntary part of the youth work of the Danish national church.
FDF was founded in 1902 by the young Copenhagen architect Holger Tornøe and, in the beginning, only boys could be members of FDF. The activities were first and foremost marching exercises (drills) accompanied by music, talks and Bible studies.
Soon FDF started arranging summer camps where boys were introduced to outdoor life and camp life. In 1952, an organization similar to FDF but for girls, named FPF, was founded and in 1974 the two organizations merged as FDF/FPF. The name was changed to simply being FDF in 1994.
Activities in FDF
Activities in FDF give children and youth unsurpassed experiences with nature, music, new ways of celebrating religious services etc. New technology is sometimes employed, introducing members to new and amusing uses of e.g. SMS, GPS for orienteering and camp activities. Drama, local bands and song groups also form part of the many activities in which FDF engages. In recent years, adventure sports like sailing, kayaking, wall and tree climbing have also become part of the typical acitivities.
In fact, FDF employs anything that can arouse interest, give members a good time and at the same time support our objective and fundamental values in the widest sense.