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Lithuanian Scouting (Lietuvos skautija) is a nonpolitical, non-governmental organisation, open to all residents of Lithuania, regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, or social circumstances. As an organisation engaged in non-formal education, LS seeks to help young people reach their full physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual potential, and become responsible citizens of their local, national, and international communities. The motto of LS is Fun with a purpose!

With over 2,000 members, Lithuanian Scouting is the largest scout organisation in Lithuania. It is divided into 10 regions, with groups operating in both larger cities and smaller villages all across the country. The head of the organisation is its Chief Executive, working closely with the National Board, the National Council, as well as the Ethics and the Regulatory Boards.

Lithuanian Scouting is a national scout organisation of the World Organisation of Scout Movement (WOSM) as well as an organisation representing the scout movement in the Lithuanian Youth Council (LiJOT).

 

 

What we do

For Lithuanian Scouting as a non-formal education organisation, our youth programme is the centre of all activities. Its central values are set forth in the Scout Law and the Scout Promise and it is based on the scout method, which emphasises learning-by-doing and teamwork. With the help of adult leaders, young people embark on a path of exciting discoveries, progressive achievement, and increasing responsibility, learning to cooperate, to lead, and to take initiative along the way. Scout patrols, troops, and groups meet for weekly meetings, hikes, camps, and training sessions, they also represent the organisation in local events and volunteer in activities initiated by other organisations. There are many outdoors activities, with camping and hiking happening not only in the late spring-summer season, but also in autumn and winter.

Every five years, Lithuanian scouts meet for a National Jamboree. The most recent jamborees were Legenda Tęsiasi in Zarasai (2008) and Gėrio pėdomis (Following Kindness) in Telšiai (2013).

The youth programme is designed to meet the needs and aspirations of different age groups. Belonging to a certain age group is marked by the colour of the scout scarf:

Cub scouts (“junior scouts”), 6-10 y.o., wear orange scarves. Cub scout troops are called ‘cub scout packs’ and their programme is based on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.

Scouts, 10-14 y.o., wear yellow scarves and meet in ‘patrols’ – small groups with their own name, symbols, and traditions.

Venture scouts (known in Lithuanian as “experienced scouts”), 14-18 y.o., wear maroon scarves. Their programme is marked by increasing independence and a sense of adventure.

Lithuanian Scouting also boasts a vibrant rover scout section (18-29 y.o.), known for its distinctive traditions dating back decades. The colours for the scarves of the female and male rovers are blue and purple, respectively.

Leaders over 18 may also be seen wearing scarves of different colour. Green is the colour worn by scouters, experienced leaders, grey – by adults in scouting (usually new leaders who join scouting as adults), and leaders who have finished Gilwell training wear the traditional beige Gilwell scarf and woodbadge.

In international and some national events, members of Lithuanian Scouting may also be seen wearing the national scarf, which combines the colours of our national flag - yellow, green, and red.

There are also Sea and Air Scout groups in different regions. These groups have their own uniform and traditions.

 

Visiting Lithuania?

Please contact our International Team at international@skautai.lt if...

  • you are planning to visit Lithuania with your scout unit and need information about camping in the country;
  • you would like to contact a local scout troop or if you are looking for partnerships with Lithuanian Scouting units;
  • you are coming to study or work in Lithuania and would like to volunteer at a local unit.

 

Contact us

Postal address: Trakų g. 18, LT-44236, Kaunas

International Commissioner: Beatričė Leiputė, international@skautai.lt