13th group Bratislava – Petržalka

How we started

Everything began as an innocent co-operation between two troops – the 17th Boys and the 23rd Girls. The two troops made trips together and prepared common activities. The water continued to flow down the Danube (it never flows up!) and we continued with our co-operation. The necessity to be legally recognised came suddenly and such recognition has a few advantages but on the other hand we had to start managing such ‘simple’ tasks as bookkeeping and so on. However, the regulation regarding legal recognition was not the only reason we started the group. The time was right to start the group as we had more than 50 members in the Boy Scout troop which was too many. We separated the youngest members and formed the Wolf Cub troop and with these along with the 23rd Girls troop we founded a scout group.
Being in a group has several advantages. The leaders can dedicate their time to working with their troops and not to dealing with the bureaucracy that surrounds us all today. Another big advantage is that certain things can be done for the group as a whole and not individually for each troop (organise a campsite, for example) and therefore work in scouting can be divided and organised more effectively. The formation of the group to extend the benefits of scouting to more children.

Our group was officially founded on January 1 1999. We have gained the number 13.
There are two troops in our group: 23rd Girl Scouts and 17th boy scouts.

Our post address:
Slovenský skauting, 13. zbor Bratislava-Petržalka
Lachova 9 85103, BratislavaWe have a club room here:
Ambróseho 13, Bratislava


Some geographical informations about Slovakia

We are from the Slovak Republic which is situated in Central Europe with Hungary to the south, the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the notrth and Ukraine to the east. It’s a wonderful country as you can see from our Picture Gallery.Its capital is Bratislava. Slovakia is a small country in Central Europe. The Slovak countryside is famous for high mountains, virgin forests with wild animals, wide plains and fast and turbulent rivers. Slovakia is also famous for its friendly people and cultural heritage. There are old towns and castles, many of them older than 700 years. The capital city of Slovakia is Bratislava. It’s a modem city with more than 500,000 inhabitants. There are many historical places and sights in Bratislava. The most important being Bratislava Castle and St. Martin’s Cathedral where many kings and queens were crowned. Europe’s second longest river, the Danube, flows through Bratislava. On the right bank of the Danube is the modern part of the city, called Petrzalka. It is famous for international fairs and exhibition centers and many of us live there. Slovak scouting began in 1913 and the first Scout Camp took place in Czechoslovakia. Some Slovak scouts took part in the first World Scouts Jamboree in 1920. Scouting in Slovakia was prohibited in 1939, restored after the Second World War in 1945 but was then prohibited again in 1948. Except for a three year period after 1968, (Czecho-) Slovak scouting was not finally restored until after the ‘velvet revolution’ in 1989. Nowadays, Slovak Scouting is a modem scouts’ organisation. It is a member of Wosm and Waggs. Slovak scouts now number more than 7000.