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Established: 1934 [1]
Founder: Jos Cleymans [2][3]

Chiro Flanders is a Fimcap.


  • Name 1
  • Structure 2
  • Notable Chiro members 3
  • Chiro Organizations worldwide 4
  • External links 5
  • References 6


The name Chiro is a combination of the Greek letters chi (χ) and rho (ρ), which are the first letters of Christos, the Greek form of Christ. It was introduced by Jos Cleymans in an issue of Het Katholiek Patronaat, describing the youth of Chiro (Chirojeugd). At first, it was only about a new way to entertain children on Sunday, while also teaching Catholic values. In 1941 Cleymans and some of his fellow priests founded the organization.


The members are divided into several sections according to their age. This division is not strict and not always applied in every individual group.

  • Ribbels: 6–8 years old (not in every Chiro group)
  • Speelclub: 8–10 years old, if there are ribbels, else 6–9 years old
  • Rakwi: 10–12 years old, if there are ribbels, else 9–12 years old (rakkers (boys) & kwiks (girls))
  • Tito: 12–14 years old (tippers (girls) & toppers (boys))
  • Keti: 14–16 years old (kerels (boys) & tiptiens (girls))
  • Aspi(rant): 16–18 years old

Notable Chiro members

For a more elaborated list, please refer to the Chiro website.[5]

Chiro Organizations worldwide

Belgian Philippines (since 1952),[6] Burundi, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, D. R. Congo (as "Kiro")[7] and Haiti (as "Mouvement Kiro D'Haiti", since 1960).[8]

All these organizations – including the original Chirojeugd Vlaanderen – are member organizations of Umbrella organization of catholic youth organizations.

External links

  • Official website (Dutch)


  1. ^ "Het ontstaan van de Chiro". Chiro website. 
  2. ^ "Het ontstaan van de Chiro". Chiro website. 
  3. ^ "Jos Cleymans". Chiro Wiki. 
  4. ^ "Cijfergegevens". Chiro website. 
  5. ^ "Bekende Chiro-Vlamingen". Chiro website. 
  6. ^ "History of Chiro in the Philippines". website. 
  7. ^ "Africa". FIMCAP website. 
  8. ^ "MOUVEMENT KIRO D'HAITI". website of Mouvement Kiro D'Haiti. 

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