Scouting in the Czech Republic
Junák – Association of Scouts and Guides of the Czech Republic is, with its more than 45,000 members, the largest civic organization for children and youth in the Czech Republic. Junák is a member of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and operates in accordance with their missions, principles and methods. It is also a member of the organisation of adult Scouts and Guides called the International Scout and Guide Fellowship (ISGF). It is one of the founders of the Czech Council of Children and Youth (CRDM). The Czech Scout movement was founded in 1911 and thus we are happy to celebrate our centenary in 2011/2012.
Creating a Better World
The mission of Junák is to encourage the development of children’s and young people’s personalities, their spiritual, moral, intellectual, social and physical skills, so that for their whole life they are prepared to be responsible towards themselves, to others, their country, nature and the whole human society in harmony with the principles established by the founders of the Scout movement.
We are growing
Junák is currently in the process of creating a new educational programme. The progressive schemes for Cubs and Brownies have been finished and the new programme for Rovers and Rangers is being developed. A project for quality assessment has been launched. This will provide all organization units with a set of criteria to evaluate their Scouting activities and subsequently, it would lead to the improvement of quality of Scout programme. In the year 2011 Junák reached 46,691 registered members. The member base has been growing for several years. 971 summer camps and many training events were organized in 2011.
We have launched a renewed Scout programme and our organisation is growing. We have an extensive and well-established training scheme for adult leaders in Scouting, based on the system of competencies. We are hosting a volunteer through European Voluntary Service and she takes part in our projects. St. Nicholas weekend is an annual national event for 800 Rovers and focused on intelectual, social and cultural development We are active in the service to society, with projects such as building elementary schools in Ethiopia.