Scouting in Bulgaria
Organizatsia Na Bulgarskite Skauty
National Organization of Bulgarian Scouts
BULGARIA WELCOMED AS THE 151st MEMBER
On January 17, 1999, The National Organization of Bulgarian Scouts, became the 151st member of the World Organization of the Scout Movements. Scouting began in Bulgaria in 1911-1913. In 1923, a national Scout organization was created. The next year, it became a member of the World Bureau. Scouting reached 6,000 members at the beginning of WWII. In 1940, due to the political situation, Scouting stopped its activities in Bulgaria. When the war ended, communists dominated the country and prevented Scouting from starting up again. After the collapse of the Berlin wall, Scouting was reborn again in 1989. It was not until 1995 that a national Scout organization was created that conformed to WOSM standards. The Scout organization has 2,000 members with 57 groups in the 20 largest cities and towns in the country. There is an active Sea Scout program on the Black Sea and in Silistra, on the Danube River. Each year, Bulgarian Scouts organize a national Jamboree. The last one was in 1998 and took place in Silistra. Bulgarian Scouts take part in community development activities in their country. They have carried out several projects with the Bulgarian Red Cross and have also taken part in reforestation projects. They receive good press and tv coverage.
Scouting in Bulgaria
Before the establishment of Communism in
Bulgaria after World War II, there were over 60,000 Scouts in the country. With the advent
of Communism, Scouting was outlawed and the resources of the Scout organizations were
plundered and redistributed to the newly formed Communist youth organizations.
A Chronicle of Scouting in Eastern Europe
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.
Your feedback, comments and suggestions are appreciated.
Lewis P. Orans, 2002