ORGANISATION OF RUSSIAN SCOUTS
NORS in China, 1922-1947
the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the ensuing Civil
War, many Russians left the land of their birth and
emigrated abroad. Some moved to Europe, but a great many
left Russia through Vladivostok to the east into
Manchuria and south into China where groups of Russian
Scouts were established in the White Russian communities
of Harbin, Tientsin and Shanghai among others. Here they
carried on the traditions of Russian Scouting and under
the overall leadership of their founder, Colonel Oleg I.
Pantuhoff, were recognized as Scouts in Exile by the
World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1928 to
pictures on this page are from the collection of the
Chief Scout of NORS Australia. They mark part of the long
journey of these Russian Scouts to freedom.
Scouting in Tientsin, China
An artist’s rendering of the Standard of the National
Organization of Russian Scouts, Tientsin Troop, Tientsin,
Three brothers, Russian Scouts pose for a photograph with
a White Russian officer. All three were also British
Scouts and earned the highest rank in British Scouting,
King’s Scout. One of the Scouts went on to be the Chief
Scout of NORS Australia. One brother survives and lives
in Sydney, Australia. Tientsin, China, around 1922.
Tientsin Troop, National Organization of Russian Scouts,
Scouting in Shanghai
Shanghai (China) Group of the National
Organization of Russian Scouts on Saint George’s
Day Celebrations on May 11, 1941. Sitting near
the front is the Archbishop of Shanghai (and
later San Francisco), Archbishop John. He was
canonised by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1994.
Shanghai Troop, National Organization of Russian
Shanghai Troop, patrols displaying the shield won
International Jamboree, 1929.
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
Russia, 1909-1922. Some rare pictures of
Scouting in Russia before the Revolution,
including pictures of the First Chief Russian
Scout, Colonel Oleg Pantuhoff.
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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