NATIONAL ORGANISATION OF RUSSIAN SCOUTS

The National Organisation of Russian Scouts (N.O.R.S.) carries on traditions of Russian Scouting from its foundation in 1909, and its exile from Russia, down to the present day.

Nikita Gileff, Chief Scout of the National Organisation of Russian Scouts in Australia, has written this short history to create an awareness that Russian Scouting remained active for 85 years and that the rebirth of Scouting in Russia is another phase in a long tradition.


If you are interested in the work of the National Organization of Russian Scouts, please write to: Nikita Gileff,Chief Scout of NORS, Australia at: nagileff@optusnet.com.au


Links to the History of the National Organization of Russian Scouts

NORS History and Traditions. The journey of NORS as related by the Chief Scout of NORS, Australia. Emblems of NORS. St. George and Russian Scouting.
NORS in Russia, 1909-1922. Some rare pictures of Scouting in Russia before the Revolution, including pictures of the First Chief Russian Scout, Colonel Oleg Pantuhoff.
NORS in China, 1922-1949. Many Russians moved east to Siberia and Northern China during the Civil War between the Reds and the Whites from 1917 to 1922. A large number settled in China where they maintained the traditions of Russian Scouting. NORS was recognized by the World Organization from 1928 to 1945 as a Scouting organization "in exile."
NORS in the Philippines and France, 1949-1950. With the Communist takeover in China, most Westerners left the country. Many Russians were evacuated to the Philippines and brought Scouting with them. Also, Russian Scouting continued in France, America and other countries with large Russian emigré populations.
NORS in Australia, 1949-1997. A large number of Russians moved to Australia from the Philippines and China. NORS continues active in the Russian community in Australia to the present day.
NORS-australia-link.jpg (1018 bytes) NORS, Australia. The official sites and historical account of National Organisation of Russian Scouts (NORS) in Australia. 
NORS, France: Summer, 1997
NORS: Visit to Serbia
NORS Austrailia, Summer Camps:
Photographs from
2001, 2002, 2003
NORS, Australia: Jamborette, 2003.
Photographs from an NORS-sponsored International gathering.
Under Development

Saint George is the Patron Saint of Scouting. His feast day on April 23rd is celebrated by Scouts in many lands, including Russia. Icons of Saint George have been important in the Russian Orthodox Church since early times. These icons come from the Novgorod Icon Gallery of the Novgorod State University in Russia and date from the 12th to the 16th century.
Campfire at Pavlovsk: The Park at Pavlovsk was the location of the first Russian Scout campfire on April 30, 1909. It is a special place to Russian Scouts, and today is the site of commemorative gatherings as Russian Scouting seeks its roots. Visit the Palace and the Park and learn something of their history and a Russian Scouting tradition.

Links to Russian Scouting:

Several Scout associations are actively supporting the growth of Scouting in Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union.

Scouting in Russia from the UK Scout Association provides a history of Russian Scouting over the years since the formation of the Russian Federation and the rebirth of Scouting. It traces the history from 1990 to 2001.
Home Page of the Russian Union of Scouts a key member organization of the All-Russian National Scout Organization (ARNSO) recognized by WOSM.
Scouting in Russia reports on the activities of the Boy Scouts of America in Siberia and its Siberian Scouting Intitiative. The Americans work primarily with SiBAS, the Siberian Association of Scouts.

The US-Siberian Scout Symposium was held near Lake Baikal, Siberia in June, 1995. It celebrated three years of cooperation between the Boy Scouts of America and the Siberian Association of Scouts (Photos by American participants).

Network Russia documents the work of the UK Scout Association and British Scouts in St. Petersburg, Moscow and European Russia. The British are working with several associations, including ARNSO, ORUR, NORS_R, etc.

The Scouts de France are active in the Crimea, Ukraine and Belarus. Other European Scouting organizations, including the Danish and Belgian Scout Associations, are contributing to these efforts. Other Russian Scout organizations include: the Federation of Orthodox Scouts, the Organization of Young Russian Pathfinders, the Ural Scout Federation, and the St. Vladimir Scout Association.
A Chronicle of Scouting in Eastern Europe and Russia. With the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe and Russia, Scouting has returned to many lands where it had previously taken root. These pages chronicle the return of former members and the addition of new members to the World Organization of the Scout Movement. They also report the growth of Scouting in the other nations of Eastern Europe. Currently, the "Chronicle" reports on the progress of Scouting in 19 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The Chronicle Home Page provides links to each.
Scouting Along the Silk Road: A Chronicle of Scouting in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Scouting's emergence in the fabled lands of Central Asia and the Caucasus, including the former Soviet republics, Mongolia and Afghanistan, is chronicled in Scouting Along the Silk Road reporting on the progress of Scouting in 8 countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

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