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[[Image:--TurkmenistanstampsBP.jpg|thumb|Turkmen postage stamps with Scout motifs, juxtaposing [[Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell|Baden-Powell]] and [[Princess Diana]]]]
There is no formal [[Scouting]] organization yet in Turkmenistan, due to the [[Politics of Turkmenistan|political situation]] and because Turkmenistan refuses to join any organization because of its "status of [[Neutrality Arch|permanent neutrality]]," which was accepted by the [[United Nations General Assembly]] on [[December 12]], [[1995]]. The only widespread [[outreach]] activities for Turkmen children between ages 8 and 14 are 10 to 14 day [[Summer camp|camps]] that do not provide any [[education]]al components, but organize some [[cultural events]] like [[concert]]sconcerts, [[poem]]spoems and [[Competitive dance|danceance competitions]].
With the death of [[Saparmurat Niyazov]] on [[December 21]], [[2006]], the situation may change rapidly, possibly opening for the expansion of Scouting.
There are, however, two [[Scout troop]]s active in the vicinity of the capital, [[Ashgabat]].
[[Image:--Turkmenistanstampcatssingle.jpg|thumb|left|Turkmen Scout postage stamp, note fleur-de-lis at bottom center]]
As far as is known, Scouting was not introduced to the region during the [[History of Central Asia|Khanate period]] of the pre-Soviet era.
The concept of Scouting is at least marginally understood in Turkmenistan, as Turkmenistan issued [[postage stamps]] for the [[October 7]], [[1997]] 90th anniversary of the [[The Scout Association|Boy Scouts]]; as well as other Turkmen postage stamps with Scout motifs and showing a heavy, darkish colored [[fleur-de-lis]]. Of course this does not necessarily mean complete understanding, and the stamps may well simply have been produced for the sake of marketability, but it shows that the concept of Scouting exists at some level in Turkmenistan.
With the [[1991]] [[History of the Soviet Union (1985-1991)|breakup]] of the Soviet Union, it was suggested that the [[Türkiye İzcilik Federasyonu]] assist in the creation of Scouting movements in the Turkic Central Asian republics of [[Organization of the Scout Movement of Kazakhstan|Kazakhstan]], [[Scouting in Kyrgyzstan|Kyrgyzstan]], Turkmenistan and [[Scout Association of Uzbekistan|Uzbekistan]], but it is uncertain if this plan ever materialized.
The Scout Motto would be ''Daima Häzir'', translating as ''Be Prepared'' in Turkmen, note similarities to [[Azerbaijani language|Azeri]] and [[Turkish language|Turkish]] mottoes. The Turkmen noun for a single Scout would be Skaut or İzci. Given recent flux in the [[Turkmen language]], an entirely different name may be decided upon.
== See also ==
[[Category:Scouting and Guiding by country|Turkmenistan]]
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