Scouting and Guiding in Nauru
Nauru is one of 35 countries where Scouting exists (be it embryonic or widespread) but where there is no national Scout organisation which is yet a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Scouting in Nauru is closely tied to Scouts Australia, and especially to Scouts in Geelong, Victoria, a port with which Nauru does much trading. Relationships between the Geelong Scouts and the Nauruan Scouts date back to the 1930s, and continue into modern times.
The Nauru Scouting organisation was approved by the Melbourne Scout Headquarters. As of December 1937, more one eighth of the island's population were Scouts. Scouting began in Nauru due to concerns over a decline in physical activity due to the ease of life brought about by the discovery of phosphate.
In 1982, Nauru printed a miniature sheet of stamps commemorating the Year of the Scout.
Relationship with Geelong Scouts
Harold Hurst, former leader of the Geelong Scouts of Frankston, was a driving force in establishing ties between the two groups, having provided transportation, accommodation and education for visiting Nauruan Scouts.
In the 1930s, the Geelong Scouts collected books to send to Nauru. As of 1936, the Nauru Scout organisation had a library of approximately 1000 volumes.
As recently as May 2013, Scouts from Nauru have visited Scouts from Geelong.
- "A long, busy career in Scouting", Australian Scout, April 1999.
- "Leader Newsletter - Geelong Peninsula District", Wayne Myers, May 2013
- "Nauru", Encyclopedia of the Nations
- Scouting in Nauru - How The Movement Helped An Island, The Argus, 16 December 1937
- "Miniature Sheet - Nauru - Scouts", Indian Stamp Ghar, 6 March 2010
- "Boy Scouts from Nauru", The Argus, 13 February 1936.
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