Group History

October 2013 to May 2014

1st Prague Scout Group was first registered on 24th February 2014 and its first official meeting was held on the 22nd May 2014.

The group had been in development since October 2013, when former UK leaders Matt Lightfoot and Simon Burgess, who were both living in Prague, separately contacted British Scouting Overseas Area Commissioner – Peter Dawes.

Then on 20th November 2013 at 8pm, they got together to start the process of forming the group at the Trilobit restaurant (Palackého 715/15, Praha 1).

During the process of setting up the group, a number of international schools showed interest in hosting Scouts but in the end, Riverside International school was chosen. An open day was held on 15th May 2014 where 35 interested Beaver and Cub age young people and their parents attended.

So on its registration date on 24th February 2014, 1st Prague joined groups from a number of countries around the world in the British Scouting Overseas district called ‘Rest of the World’. The group originally only had Beavers and Cubs in one section and was based at Riverside Primary School, Sedlec, Prague 6.

Leaders at the first meeting were, Simona Gabrisova (BSL), Matt Lightfoot (CSL), Kevin Power  (ACSL) and Simon Burgess (GSL).

Scouts and leaders at the first meeting 22nd May 2014.

May 2015

Founder member Matt Lightfoot, Cub Scout Leader, left the group to return to the UK. In July he was awarded the Area Commissioner’s Commendation for his contribution to the formation of the group. He was presented with his award at the 2015 World Jamboree in Japan by the UK International Commissioner, Dan Wood.

November 2015

Following changes to the districts in British Scouting Overseas, 1st Prague left the ‘Rest of the World District’ and joined the newly formed ‘Northern Europe district.






September 2018

We officially started a separate Scout Troop on a Tuesday evening based at Riverside School,  Hradcanska.

June 2019

At the groups AGM held in the Scout Insitute in the Old Town Square the group launched its Explorer Unit. The event was attended by The US and UK Ambassadors to the Czech Republic. At this event, Commissioner’s Commendations were awarded to 3 members of the group leaders and our first Silver and Gold Chief Scout’s Awards were given to young people in the group. We were also pleased to start our involvement with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

September 2019

The Beaver and Cub sections move from their original home to a new location at Park Lane International School, Mala Strana. This allowed them for the first time to be truly split into two different sections. The Explorer section held its first meetings in Riverside Schools.

March 2020 to June 2020

The COVID 19 pandemic closed down face-to-face Scouting in the group from 11th March 2020 to the 25th June 2020. During this time the group went online and produced some fantastic innovative programmes using GoToMeeting as a videoconferencing platform.

June 2020

The group restarted face-to-face Scouting but due to the pandemic was unable to return to the schools. From June to October, the group ran an outdoor programme.

October 2020 to May 2021

The COVID 19 pandemic again closed down face-to-face Scouting and we went back online.

July 2021

Following the restart in May the Group started hastily organising its first large-scale group summer camp. This saw 50 young people from all sections and 20 leaders enjoy a 7 day camp in Frantiskov in Southern Bohemia. 


Founder Leaders 22nd May 2014

  • Simon Burgess
  • Matt Lightfoot
  • Simona Gabrisova
  • Kevin Power

Group Scout Leader

Simon Burgess – 2014 to present

Group Chair

Gina Hearn OBE – 2014 to 2018

Alastair Hammond – 2018 to 2019 (acting Chair)

Eleanore Hammond – 2019 to present

Beaver Scout Leader

Simona Gabrisova – 2014 to 2016

Jenny Kysela-Heikkinen  – 2016 to 2020

Chisato Hashizume  – 2020 to present

Cub Scout Leader

Matt Lightfoot – 2014 to 2015

Allison Forster – 2015 to 2017

Chris Wait – 2018 to present

Scout Leader

Manon Frot – 2018 to present

Explorer Scout Leader

Alastair Hammond – 2019 to present

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