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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. Among these countries, the Scouting organizations of Estonia, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia), Latvia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia were founders of the World Organization.

Eighteen Eastern European Scout associations were Members of the World Organization at the end of 2002. These included: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro).

Scouting organizations around the world are assisting in the growth of Scouting in both Eastern Europe and Russia. They have been identified by country where information is available.

Each national page presents the country’s flag, a map showing its location in Central or Eastern Europe, and a statement on the status of Scouting in relation to the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Where available, graphics of badges or emblems, links to other sites, and the background of Scouting in the country are also presented. I hope to include personal stories of local Scouts, reports by Scouting visitors and additional information on the progress of Scouting as it becomes available.

This page is under construction and will be updated regularly. Any information you would like to contribute should be sent to the author at The Pine Tree Web.

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Czech Republic

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Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro)

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Links to Maps of Russia and the Former Soviet Republics from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
Atlas of Eastern Europe (1990) from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
Maps of European Countries including Eastern Europe from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
Map of Former Soviet Republics in Eastern Europe from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.

The World Organization of the Scout Movement is the international organization for recognition of national Scout organizations adhering to the principles of the Scout Movement. Currently, there are over 25 Million Scouts, boys and girls, in 217 countries and territories around the world. Membership in the 10 Eastern European Scout Associations recognized by the World Association totaled 276,408 at the end of December, 1996.
The growth of Scouting in Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism has seen the emergence of Scouting in the former Soviet Republics of both Europe and Asia. For an interesting journey to lands known more in story and fable than in fact, see Scouting Along the Silk Road: A Chronicle of Scouting in Central Asia.

This link will take you to the European Regional Page of City.Net and to specific links to information on each of the countries in this "Chronicle." City.Net provides excellent background and valuable links to current information on countries around the world. It covers major cities, country information, culture and language, education, maps, travel and tourism, as well as other guides and subjects with links to a wide variety of resources.

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