The Czech scouting movement celebrates its 90th anniversary


The history of the scouting movement in the Czech Republic, and the former Czechoslovakia, has been long and difficult. The scouting movement was banned three times, first by the Nazis, then when the Communists came to power in 1948 and then again in 1968, when it emerged as a part of the Prague Spring democratic reform movement crushed by the Russian led invasion of the former Czechoslovakia. After the fall of communism it took root once again, encouraged and supervised by the old generation who recalled their scouting years with nostalgia. Last weekend girl and boy scout organizations across the country opened their doors to the public and Daniela Lazarova went along to find out how they are doing.