Always prepared: Scouts in Latvia celebrate centenary and look to the future

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by World Scouting from Malaysia
Publication date: 4th May 2018
Creator: World Scouting

The idea of freedom is at the heart of Scouting in Latvia, a Baltic nation bordering Russia that was for decades under the control of the Soviet Union.

Scouting was first established in the country in 1917, and – despite the political situation - generations of young people grew up with a respect for nature and active citizenship inspired by the Latvian Scout Motto, “Arvien Modri,” or always prepared.

Last year, Scouts in Latvia celebrated their centenary with a slew of activities, including a national jamboree, an autumn hike, winter and summer camps, and a conference on its youth policy. The year of celebration is now part of a new documentary, “Always Prepared.”

“Scouts and Guides are an important (part) of Latvia’s freedom, and we are keeping the freedom alive by being active and responsible every day. We tell stories and
teach the kids to appreciate the value of being a free person in a free country…
it's about taking an active part and helping Latvia both during the first 100 years
and also during the next 100 years, and beyond.”
– Scout leader, Nils Klints.

The film portrays the spirit of Scouting in the Baltic nation, and its aspirations for the future.

Find out more about Latvia and watch ‘Always Prepared’ here!

Author: Eva Johansone

Main Camera: Jānis Kešāns

Editing Director: Toms Krauklis

Field Director: Adriāna Roze

Music: Jānis Strapcāns

Producer: Agnija Jansone

Translation: Asne Tirzīte, Ilze Millere

Very Films, 2018

© Copyrights: Latvian Scout and Guide Central Organization

The movie features photographs from the archives of the Latvian Scout movement and photographs and features from the World Scout Bureau Inc. The movie has been supported by voluntary work from Latvian Scout and Guide Central Organization, donation by Yasuhiko Kawashima, and state budget financing from the Latvian Education and Science Ministry’s Youth Policy State Program’s funding for 2017 and 2018.

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