Scouting in Ukraine

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PLAST was founded in Ukraine in 1911 as the Ukrainian Scout Organization. During the years under Communism and the Soviet Union, Scouting was banned in Ukraine, but the PLAST organization continued to exist in exile around the world. Since 1990, the end of Soviet Communism and the birth of an independent Ukraine, PLAST-Scouting has been growing rapidly. At the beginning of 1995, there were 85 local groups and councils, with over 3,500 Scouts. PLAST is working with other Ukrainian Scouting organizations to develop a national federation and to achieve recognition by the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

"Ukrainian Scouting has been known since its inception as "PLAST". That word in Ukrainian mean exactly the same thing as "Scouting" in English — i.e. "plastun" is a "Scout," or somebody sent to reconnoiter the terrain."

Adapted from "Ukrainian Scouting, the Newsletter of the PLAST-Scouting Organization of Ukraine,"
Volume 1, Number 1, January, 1995.

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A Chronicle of Scouting in Eastern Europe

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.

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.

Currently, the "Chronicle" reports on the progress of Scouting in 19 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The Chronicle Home Page provides links to each.

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