National Organization of Russian Scouts

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The National Organization of Russian Scouts (NORS/НОРС) is one of the two large Russian Scouting in Exile movements. This organization has historically drawn the liberal side of the spectrum of Russians in exile.

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the organization Русский Скаут went into exile, and continued in many countries where fleeing White Russian émigrés settled, establishing groups in France, Serbia, Bulgaria, Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay. A much larger mass of thousands of Russian Scouts moved through Vladivostok to the east into Manchuria and south into China.

Colonel Oleg Pantyukhov, Chief Scout of Russia, first resided in France and then moved to the United States, where large troops of Russian Scouts were established in cities such as San Francisco, Burlingame, California, Los Angeles, etc. He returned to Nice, France where he passed away.

Russian Scouting was recognized as a Member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, in exile, from 1928 to 1945.

Russian Scouting eventually split into two organizations over ideological differences. These are the modern-day National Organization of Russian Scouts and the Organization of Russian Young Pathfinders. As neither organization was created ex nihilo, they may both be considered legitimate successors to the Русский Скаут heritage.

Nikita Gileff is Chief Scout of the National Organization of Russian Scouts in Australia.

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