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.

Colonel Oleg I. Pantuhoff, Chief Russian Scout
and Founder of the Russian Scout Movement.
Appointed by Tsar Nicholas II in 1909.

Nina Pantuhoff, wife of Colonel Oleg Pantuhoff
Chief Russian Guide

One of 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.

A group of senior leaders during a parade of the Saint
Petersburg Scout Group on Saint George’s Day, April 23, 1916.
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.

A parade of Scouts in Saint Petersburg, 1916.

The 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 Scouts

Links to the History of the National Organization of Russian Scouts

Home Page of the National Organization of Russian Scouts. Includes Links to Russian Scouting.
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 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, 1949-1996. 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 day.
NORS Australia. Summer Camp, 2001. Photographs from the most recent Camp.

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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