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Membership badge of Sak'art'velos Skauturi Modzraobis Organizatsia-the fleur-de-lis is made of the initials of the organization in the Kartveli script

Sakartvelos Skauturi Modzraobis Organizatsia (in Kartveli: საქართველოს სკაუტური მოძრაობის ორგანიზაცია; in Russian Организация Скаутского Движения Грузии "Скауты Грузии"; Georgian Organization of the Scout Movement), the national Scouting organization of Georgia, was founded in 1994, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1997. The coeducational Sakartvelos Skauturi Modzraobis Organizatsia has 1,221 members as of 2004.

History

Scouting first came to what is now the Republic of Georgia around the 1920s, by way of the British business community in the western part of the country. There was no formalized Georgian Scouting within Georgia prior to the breakup of the former USSR, and within Georgia, Scouting did not exist during the period preceding the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Rebirth

In 1992, students at Tbilisi State University began to take an interest in Scouting. The Georgian Scouting Organization was officially founded in 1994 and become the 147th member of the World Scout Movement in January, 1998. Sak'art'velos Skauturi Modzraobis Organizatsia presently has 1,092 members, both boys and girls. Georgian Scouts have actively participated in several World Scouting events, Jamborees and Moots, including the 1995 World Jamboree in Holland (at the invitation of the World Scout Committee) and the Chile World Jamboree in 1998-99.

In the summer of 1996, two Georgian Scouts attended the National Jamboree in Denmark. Although they arrived late due to visa problems, they expressed gratitude for being able to attend, and took back with them a lot of information about Scouting programs in Denmark.

The Scouts et Guides de France have been working with the Georgian Scouts to help with organization, training and programs. The Georgian Scouts maintain close ties with Scouts de France and other European and Eurasian Scout Associations. It is expected that the Georgian Scouts will grow rapidly through the schools.

Regional Scouting divisions of Georgia

Scouting in ethnic subdivisions of Georgia

  • Flag of Abkhazia.svg Abkhazia is served by the Abkhazian Green Scouts Youth Organization. The system of education in Abkhazia, inherited from Soviet times, has not been able to provide for all of the needs of Abkhazian children. After school education did not exist prior to the advent of the creation of the Green Scout Program by Director Vladimir 'Vova' Kakalia and others.

In these conditions the Centre for Humanitarian Programs, together with the ecological society Apsabara, both of which are local NGOs, carried out a pilot project for a rehabilitation of youth. The soon-founders of the Green Scouts organized a few treks to the mountains with children aged 13-16, with the aim of rehabilitation and ecological education. They asked the children what they would like to have in a youth organization, whereupon the children decided that they need a Scoutlike organization. The participants called it Green Scouts, emphasizing the role of ecological education in their program.

These treks had a lot of resonance among youth, their parents and many professionals. This activity provides rehabilitation, physical and ecological education, and gives an opportunity for kids to develop their character, and for adults to share their knowledge with children. The Green Scouts hope that in the near future, the program will grow into an Abkhazia-wide Scout movement, with emphasis on ecological education.

The Green Scouts are running their program in a condition of economic crisis. The equipment the use is mainly privately owned. Finances have been provided by the Centre for Humanitarian Programs, taken from its limited budget. Several hundred dollars were donated from a British Quaker appeal toward the direct needs of the Green Scout program. British writer Peter Nasmith sent some photographic paper for the Green Scout photo laboratory.

At the moment the Green Scout program is in the process of developing. Interested adults need appropriate training, first aid seminars need to be organized, and logistical and security questions (detailed descriptions of the routes, radio contacts with emergency services, etc.) need to be solved.

The Green Scouts are interested in all Scout activities around the world, and wish to establish direct contact with Scouts from regions where the Scouting movement has experience and is recognized by WOSM, inviting Scout leaders from other countries to come to Abkhazia to share their experience.

Program, sections and ideals

  • Cub Scouts - 7 to 11
  • Scouts - 12 to 15
  • Rovers - 16 to 20

The Scout Motto is "იყავი მზად" (ikavi mzad), translating as "Be Prepared" in Georgian. The Georgian noun for a single Scout is სკაუტი, transliterating as skauti.

Scout Oath (პირობა-Piroba)

პირობას ვდებ, რომ ყოველ ღონეს ვიხმარ, მათა მოვიხადო ვალი ღმერთის, სამშობლოს და საკუთარი თავის წინაშე. ყოველთვის და ყველგან დავეხმარო ადამიანებს და ვიცხოვრო სკაუტების კანონების შესაბამისად. (Pirobas vdeb, rom kovel gones vixmar, mata movixado vali gmertis, samshoblos da sakutari tavis cinashe. koveltvis da kvelgan davexmaro adamianebs da vicxovro skautebis kanonebis shesabamisad.)

Scout Law (კანონი-Kanoni)

  • სკაუტი ერთგულია (skauti ertgulia)
  • სკაუტი იღიმება და გიღიმებს გაჭირვების ჟამს (skauti igimeba da gigimebs gachirvebis zhams)
  • სკაუტმა იცის დროისა და შრომის ფასი (skautma icis droisa da shromis pasi) a Scout knows the value of time and work.
  • სკაუტს შეუძლია იყოს მეთაურიც და ქვეშემრდომიც (skauts sheudzlia ikos metauric da kveshemrdomic) a Scout can be a leader and lead.
  • სკაუტი კაცთმოყვარეა (skauti kactmokvarea)
  • სკაუტი ბუნების მეგობარია (skauti bunebis megobaria) a Scout is a friend of nature.
  • სკაუტი ისწრაფევს თვითსრულყოფისაკენ (skauti iscrapevs tvitsrulkopisaken) a Scout urges towards selfperfection.
  • სკაუტი მომტმენია და მიმტევებელი (skauti momtmenia da mimtevebeli)
  • სკაუტი თავაზიანია (skauti tavaziania)
  • სკაუტი სუფთაა თავისი აზრით, სიტყვით თუ საქმით (skauti suptaa tavisi azrit, sitkvit tu sakmit)

See also

External links and references

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