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Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun
Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun
National Scout Movement of Armenia
Country Armenia
Founded 1912
Membership 2,368

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Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun (HASK; Template:Hayeren; National Scout Movement of Armenia) is the primary national Scouting organization of Armenia, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1997. The coeducational Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun has 2,368 members as of 2004.

History

Scouting in Armenia was founded in 1912, then later developed abroad among the refugees who had survived the genocide of 1915-1916 and among those that had fled the new communist occupation of their lands, at which point Scouting ceased to exist in Armenia.

Haï Ari (in French Association des Scouts Armeniens, in English Association of Armenian Scouts) was a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1928 to 1997. The organization was recognized in exile, with headquarters and approximately 1,100 members in France.

1960s uniform of Haï Ari

In 1929, World Scouting recognised the association of Armenian Scouts (Haï Ari), based in France. While the Association did not have its own territorial base, it was the exception to the rule, remaining a member of the World Organization and the European Scout Region.

In 1978, Dr. Kourkène Medzadourian was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting.

As soon as the independent Republic of Armenia emerged in 1991, the French-based association of Armenian Scouts expressed its wish that Scouting in Armenia should become a part of World Scouting as soon as possible. It helped in the process of creating a national Scout organization in Armenia.

In 1994, Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun (HASK - the Armenian National Scout Movement) was born. HASK now has over 2,368 members (as of 2004), boys and girls, spread throughout the entire Republic. The French-based Armenian Scouts, which expressed its desire to withdraw from membership in order to allow Scouting in Armenia to become a member of the World Organization, has thus ceased to exist as a member of the World Organization. Membership in the World Organization has passed to Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun (HASK), the Armenian National Scout Movement) since April 18, 1997. On that date, the number of national member organizations of the World Organization rose to 144. The new Armenian National Scout Movement was represented at the 18th World Jamboree in the Netherlands.

The Scout Motto is "Misht Badrast", translating as "Always Ready" in Armenian. The Armenian noun for a single Scout is Սկաուտ, transliterated Scaut.

Scouting in Nagorno-Karabakh

  • Flag of Nagorno-Karabakh.svg Scouting might also be developed in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Other Armenian Scouting organizations

Because of Armenia's longstanding diaspora, there are several extranational Armenian Scout and Scout-like organizations. Other Armenian Scout associations include

International Scouting units in Armenia

In addition, there are USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Yerevan, serviced by way of USAGSO headquarters in New York.

See also

External links and references

Members of the Eurasian Scout Region

Full members: Armenia | Azerbaijan | Georgia | Moldova | Russian Federation | Tajikistan
Potential members: Belarus | Kazakhstan | Kyrgyzstan | Turkmenistan | Ukraine | Uzbekistan