Council of Scout Associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Savez izviđača Bosne i Hercegovine|
Scout Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Country||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Founded||17 December 2011|
|Affiliation||World Organization of the Scout Movement|
The Savez izviđača Bosne i Hercegovine (Scout Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina) is the national Scouting organisation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was founded on 17 December 2011 through the merger of the three constituent organisation of its predecessor, the Savjet izviđačkih organizacija u Bosni i Hercegovini (Council of Scout Associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina), which was a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement since 1999. The coeducational Council of Scout Associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina has 1,250 members as of 2011.
History of Scouting in Bosnia
Scouting under the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Bosnia and Herzegovina was established in 1915. In his book, What Scouts Can Do: More Yarns, Baden-Powell wrote about Bosnia before the First World War; in a section "Biking in Bosnia" he provides a fascinating picture of this war-torn land. Bosnia-Herzegovina, as part of Yugoslavia, helped found the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1922 and remained a member until Scouting in Yugoslavia was coopted by the Josip Broz Tito government in 1950 into Savez Izviđača Jugoslavije, at which time WOSM membership was forfeited.
The Council of Scout Associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina comprised the Savez Izviđača Federacije Bosne i Hercegovine (Scout Association of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the Savez Izviđača Republike Srpske (Scout Association of the Republic of Srpska). Both Scout Associations agreed to work together to form a federation and join WOSM together, and met to finalize matters presented to WOSM for consideration of membership. WOSM granted full membership to Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 1999. In 2000, after the establishment of the Brčko District, a third association, the Savez izviđača Distrikta Brčko (Scout Association of the Brčko District) joined the council.
In 2011, the three member organizations of the council agreed to form a unified association, the Savez izviđača Bosne i Hercegovine (Scout Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina).
The Scout Motto is Буди Спреман (Budi Spreman), translating as "Be Prepared" in the dialect of each ethnic group. The noun for a single Scout is interchangeably Skaut and Izviđač.
- Cub Scouts/Poletarac-ages 7 to 10
- Scouts/Izviđači-ages 11 to 20
The membership badge of the council is often seen in black-and-white so as not to show ethnic leaning of the various groups. The emblem of Savez Izviđača Federacije Bosne i Hercegovine incorporates the gold-on-green color scheme of the coat of arms of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the maple leaf design of the original Savez Izviđača Jugoslavije. The emblem of Savez Izviđača Republike Srpske incorporates elements of the coat of arms of Republika Srpska.
- Savez Izviđača Republike Srpske.png
alternate badge of Savez Izviđača Republike Srpske
- "Triennal review: Census as at 1 December 2010". World Organization of the Scout Movement. http://scout.org/en/content/download/22261/199900/file/Census.pdf. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
- "From a Council of Scout Associations to a National Scout Organization". World Organization of the Scout Movement. 2011-12-17. http://www.scout.org/es/content/pdf/25542/From%20a%20Council%20of%20Scout%20Associations%20to%20a%20National%20Scout%20Organization.pdf. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
- Scout Association of the Republic of Srpska
- Partially distilled from Eurofax, the monthly newsletter of the European Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), produced by the European Scout Office and is distributed by fax to all member associations in the European Scout Region and the Europe Region WAGGGS, and others. Scouting is mentioned in the Bosnian language Wikipedia article on the town of Banovići.