Russian Association of Girl Scouts
Number of Girl Guides in 2016
Obeshaniya Chestnym slovom obeshayu sdelat’ vsyo ot menya zavisyasheye, shtoby vypolnit’ svoi dolg pered stranoi i stremitsa k dukhovnomu sovershenstvu, pomogat’ tyem, kto nuzhdaetsa v moei pomoshi, i zhit’ po zakononam devochek-skautov.
Russian Guide Law
- Devochka-skaut verna dannomu slovu
- Devochka-skaut dovodit nachatoe delo do kontsa
- Devochka-skaut starayetsa byt’ poleznoi i pomogat’ drugim
- Devochka-skaut druzhelyubna, privetliva i vezhliva
- Vse devochki-skauty syostry
- Devochka-skaut drug prirody
- Devochka-skaut predana roditelyam, distsiplinirovana i podchinyaetsa prikazam lidera
- Devochka-skaut nikagda ne univaet
- Devochka-skaut berezhliva i uvazhaet chuzhuyu sobstvennost’
- Devochka-skaut chista i blagorodna v svoikh pomyslakh i postupkakh
Girl Scout Law
- A Girl Scout’s honour is to be trusted
- A Girl Scout always finishes what she has started
- A Girl Scout does her best to be useful and help others
- A Girl Scout is friendly, affable and courteous
- All Girl Scouts are sisters
- A Girl Scout is a friend to nature
- A Girl Scout is loyal to her parents, disciplined, and obeys her Leaders’ orders
- A Girl Scout is always cheerful
- A Girl Scout is thrifty and respects others’ property
- A Girl Scout is pure and noble in thought, in word and in deed
Development of the Movement
Scouting developed across many areas of Russia relatively quickly, perhaps as early as 1909. There are records of girl patrols in a range of towns from this time onward, but there was no national girls’ organisation.
Scouting was banned in 1919, and the Young Pioneers became the official state youth organisation. Many units continued to exist unofficially, but all had ceased by the mid 1920's.
Scouting returned in the years of perestroika. Many international contacts were made with foreign visits and aid offered as a result of the Chernobyl disaster. There was much interest on an international level in bringing Scouting back to Russia.
In 1991 FSR (Federation of Scouts of Russia) was created and almost immediately there was discussion on a programme specifically for girls. In 1993 in Perm the founding conference of the League of Girl Scouts of FSR took place. The girls’ programme and Movement developed, and in 1994 in October in Perm the next step was taken as the Russian Association of Girl Scouts had its founding conference. Representatives of WAGGGS and Girl Scout leaders from across the country (including other Scouting organisations as well as FSR) were present. A national board was elected and RADS as it is known today was established.
In 1996 RADS had its first National Girl Scout camp, and its biannual conference met again in Perm. The structure of the Association was altered slightly for more efficient management and expansion. All through the revival of Girl Scouting in Russia and the formation of RADS, much support in many forms was given by the UK as link country.
RADS today has the special challenge of continuing to build a national association in the largest country on earth. Russia contains many nationalities and ethnic groups, and this regional diversity is visible in RADS too.