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National Scout Association of Belarus

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The National Scout Association of Belarus (Белорусская Национальная Скаутская Ассоциация, Belaruskaya Natsianalnaya Skautskaya Asatsiyatsia, BNSA) is one of several nationwide Scouting associations in Belarus. It was the body recognized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1998 to 2004.

History of Belaruskaya Natsianalnaya Skautskaya Asatsiyatsia

The first Scout groups were established in Belarus in 1909 while it was part of tsarist Russia, and disbanded by the Soviets in 1922.

Belarusian Scouting was reborn and reorganized in 1989. The National Organization of Russian Scouts (NORS), based in Australia, is assisting the rebirth of Scouting in Belarus. Belarusian Scouts have regular contacts and exchanges with members of Scouts et Guides de France and the Commonwealth of Independent States Scout associations. Belaruskaya Natsianalnaya Skautskaya Asatsiyatsia, joined the World Organization of the Scout Movement effective March 13, 1998 as the Scout association representing Belarus.

World Scouting News, March, 1998, reported "The Belarusian National Scout Association includes more than 7,500 members, both boys and girls, in three branches ranging from 8 to 17 years of age. They are spread all over the country but the majority of members come from the major cities."

"In December 1991, a national coordinating committee was set up under the aegis of WOSM in order to promote the unification of the various Scout Associations which appeared in different parts of the country. Scouting grew steadily with support from the Christian Orthodox Church... as well as the Youth Commission of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus." In March 1997, as a result of a long process of reconciling divergent nationalistic trends in Scouting, a constituent assembly was held in Minsk. This assembly approved the creation of a united National Scout Association.

World Scouting News, further reported "The Belaruskaya Natsianalnaya Skautskaya Asatsiyatsia regularly invites underprivileged children, some of them coming from the Chernobyl contaminated areas, to some of their national summer camps."

The Scouts et Guides de France are working with Scouting in Belarus. Guidisme et Scoutisme en Belgique/Gidsen- en Scoutsbeweging in België has provided support in the region of the city of Homyel.

The official webpage is at present broken, but resides at http://www.belscout.webjump.com

The coeducational BNSA had 3,408 members as of 2004. WOSM membership was terminated on March 31, 2004 [1] and [2] by the World Scout Committee. WOSM now lists the country as a potential member.

According to [3] the BNSA was provisionally suspended for "Non-adherence to the Constitution of the Organization and nonfunctioning as a democratic National Scout Movement" in 2002, after "Complaints (...) received from unrecognised groups within the country about the conduct of the recognised NSO", which led to a report by WOSM's Chairman of the Constitutions Committee, demanding a legitimate general assembly and an independent auditing of its accounts.

According to [4] there was also an earlier provisional suspension for non-payment of membership fees.

The Scout Motto is and "Bud' Gotov", translating likewise in Russian, as BNSA does not use the Belarusian language, Russian is the sole official language. The Russian noun for a single Scout is Скаут.

See also

References

World Scouting News, March, 1998

External links