ORGANISATION OF RUSSIAN SCOUTS
NORS in Russia, 1909-1922
Scouting began in Russia in 1909. Here are a few rare
photographs of Russian Scouts in those early days. They
are from the collection of the Chief Scout of NORS
Australia. They mark the beginning of the long journey of
these Russian Scouts to freedom and trace the roots of
Russian Scouting to its origins.
Oleg I. Pantuhoff, Chief Russian Scout
and Founder of the Russian Scout Movement.
Appointed by Tsar Nicholas II in 1909.
Pantuhoff, wife of Colonel Oleg Pantuhoff
Chief Russian Guide
the very rare photos of Colonel Oleg I. Pantuhoff,
Chief Russian Scout, addressing Russian Scouts after a
parade on Saint
George’s Day, April 23, 1916.
of senior leaders during a parade of the Saint
Petersburg Scout Group on Saint George’s Day, April 23,
Left to right: Admiral I. F. Bostrem (his son became the
Chief Scout of French NORS);
Captain B. N. Svezevski; Colonel Oleg I. Pantuhoff and
Scoutmaster R. A. Fernberg.
of Scouts in Saint Petersburg, 1916.
Saint Petersburg Scout Group headed by the Tsarskoe Selo
Troop upon arrival
at Tovrichski Castle, May 29, 1915. At the front, the
Standard of the Tsarskoe Selo Troop,
the first Standard of the Russian Scouts.
The first Standard of the Russian
to the History of the National Organization of Russian
of the National Organization of Russian Scouts.
Includes Links to Russian Scouting.
History and Traditions. The
journey of NORS as related by the Chief Scout of
NORS, Australia. Emblems of NORS. St. George and
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."
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
Australia, 1949-1996. 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
Australia. Summer Camp, 2001. Photographs from the most recent
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:
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