Scouting and Guiding in the Czech Republic

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Tents at a Czech scout camp in 2009.

The Scout and Guide movement in the Czech Republic is served by

Czech Scouting in exile[edit]

Emblem of Czech and Slovak Scouts Abroad, which incorporates the Flag of Czechoslovakia, the Trefoil as a symbol for Girl Guides, the traditional badges of Junák and Slovenský skauting

The Czechoslovak government-in-exile officially restored Junák and Czech and Slovak Scout groups were founded in exile, especially in the North of England and the South of Scotland, Rover Crews were founded in the Czechoslovak Armed Units in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.[1]:131

In 1948 Scouting was banned again in Czechoslovakia. Czech and Slovak refugees founded again Czech and Slovak Scout groups in exile. Junák-in-Exile was formed as a National Scout Organisation-in-Exile for Czechoslovak Scouting. From 1948 to 1950 they were members of the Displaced Persons Scout Division of the Boy Scouts International Bureau.[1]:145–146

After the end of Prague Spring in 1968 thousands of refugees left their homeland and many Scouts were among them.[1]:151 So the existing Junák units in many countries were enlarged and new Scout groups were founded in many countries.[1]:151The Czech and Slovak Scouts-in-Exile in Switzerland founded in cooperation with the Scouts of Switzerland new Junák units.[1]:151 Junák was also active in countries such as Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.[1]:151

After the Rebirth of Scouting in Czechoslovakia the Exile movement were disbanded and its members became members of Junák or of the N.S.O.s of their countries of residence.[1]:156[1]:71 The Emblem showed on the left is the badge of Czech and Slovak Scouting Abroad, before 1989 this Emblem was in use with the text: Czech and Slovak Scouting Exile.[1]:151

International Scouting units in the Czech Republic[edit]

In addition, there are USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Prague, serviced by way of USAGSO headquarters in New York City; as well as In addition, there are American Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, linked to the Horizon District of the Transatlantic Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which supports units in west-and-central Europe, the Near East and North Africa.

In May 2014, British Scouting Overseas established a Scout Group in Prague, 1st Prague (Czech Republic) Scout Group. This caters for English speaking expats in the capital city.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kroonenberg, Piet J. (1998). The Undaunted- The Survival and Revival of Scouting in Central and Eastern Europe. Geneva: Oriole International Publications. ISBN 2-88052-003-7. 

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