A Czech Scout's View
by Jiri Danda
Let me introduce JUNÁK
- the Association of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in
the Czech Republic.
Our organization was
founded by A.B.Svojsˇk in 1911. JUNÁK was banned after
the Nazi occupation in 1940, after the communist coup in
1948, and after the Soviet occupation of our country in
1970. Scouts were persecuted, but all that time, Scouting
had been continued here, even illegally. Since 1989 we
have existed legally again.
At the moment we are
members of IFOFSAG and WAGGGS (they accept our guides as
a founder member). We are not yet members of the WOSM (We
were members as former Czechoslovak Scouting, before the
separation of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and
Slovakia in 1993).
We are one Scouting
organization (one organization, one administration, but
two different programs: one for Boy Scouts and one for
Girl Guides. There is no coeducation). At the moment our
organization has approximately 70,000 members (our
country has got 10,000,000 citizens).
We are divided into
program groups by age. We use these age ranks :
VLCATA (Wolf Cubs) and SVETLUSKY (Fire Flies)
(the name for our brownies was chosen by the book Broucci
by Jan Karafiat)
SKAUTI (Boy Scouts) and SKAUTKY (Girl Guides)
ROVERI (Rovers and Rangers)
OLDSKAUTI (Old Scouts)
Czech Scout Promise
On my honor I promise
that I will do my best,
to serve the highest Truth and Love faithfully at all
to fulfill my own duties and to observe the Scout/Guide
to be prepared to help my country and my neighbors with
all my soul and body.
(Optional "May God help me so.")
As you can see, the
Czech Scout Promise is quite unusual. It's because of the
historical background. In 1911, when our movement was
founded, our state did not exist yet. The area of the
todays Czech Republic was part of the
Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Czech people didn't like that
absolutist state at all (the government tried to oppress
them not to use the Czech language and to speak German,
in the last years there was a strong police state etc.).
The main supports for regime were the army, the police
and the Catholic Church. These were the reasons, that in
our promise wasn't the loyalty to the king or to the
supreme being expressed.
Czech Scout/Guide Law
A Scout/Guide ...
- Speaks the truth
- Can be trusted and
- Is useful to
society and helps others
- Is a friend to all
people of good will and a brother/sister to all
Scouts and Guides
- Is courteous
- Protects nature and
valuable human products
- Obeys his/her
parents, superiors and Scout/Guide leaders
- Is of cheerful mind
- Is thrifty
- Is pure in thought,
word and deeds
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