Eastern bloc Scouts
PUCKHABER,WILLIAM JAY (gt5956a@PRISM.GATECH.EDU)
Thu, 6 Jun 1991 17:44:46 -0400
Your story about the scout earning his way to the Jamboree reminds me of
a story I heard from Harry Thorsen a few years back at his home/museum in
In one of his many displays, he had a Russian Scout insignia and told
us a sad story about a couple of pre-revolutionary Russian Scouts.
It seems that Russia was pretty bad off in those days and the Scouting
organization (yes there was one) did not plan to send any scouts to the
Jamboree in england.
Well, there were two Scouts who really wanted to go but had no way to get
there. They earned the money to buy a couple of bicycles and minimal camping
equipment and left for England.
They rode their bikes across Europe and sold them to gain passage on a
boat that was crossing the channel.
As they were travelling though, the revolution broke out and we all know
Anyway, they arrived at the Jamboree to be the only Russian participants,
and were met there by the Russian Ambassador. He proceeded to put them back on
a boat and send them home because now that the revolution was going on they
were not to represent the Russians.
They missed the Jamboree.
This is all from memory, so there are probably many inaccuracies but the
general idea is the same. These Scouts worked hard to get to the Jamboree only
to be sent home. If anyone knows the story better, please help me out.
On a similar note, last year I spoke with Doug Palmer at Philmont who
mentioned the existance of some Scout Troops in eastern Europe that had been
"underground" for as many as 25 years. Apparently they were working on having
a group of Czechoslovakian scouts attend Philmont now that things were
changing over there. Has anyone heard anything else about this or did I
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City