Greek Scout Uniform Chronology: The 1910s

Figure 1.--These Greek Scouts in 1912 are practicing their first aid skills to assist in the Balkan Wars.

The Greek boy scout movement was founded in 1910. A Greek reader tells us, "For the first two decades most of the Greek boy scouts were somewhat older youths than was common in Britain where the Scouts were founded. Most early Scouts were young men in their early 20s or in some cases teenagers." Some photographic images do show that some pre-teens or realy teens alo participated. The Greek word for boy scout is "Proskopos" and this word does not have anything to do with the word boy ("agori" in modern Greek). Their uniform was very similar to the uniform of the British scouts, with knee length shorts, shirt, knee socks, neckerchief and a campaign hat. The cost of the uniform and other expenses associated with participating precented many Greek boys from joining. Scouts performed a variety of home front duties to assist soldiers in both the Balkan Wars and World War I.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: December 20, 2002
Last updated: December 20, 2002