Scouting was an island of normality in a sea of abnormality
Luděk Bartoš was born in 1948 in Rakovník, although his family moved to Prague soon after. In May 1949 the Communist Party nationalised their family company - the Otto Factory for soap and edible fats. In 1961 he joined a tourist group under Slavoj Praha. The group was actually the 5th River Scout Troop. He became leader of the troop in the late 1960s. He studied at the University of Agriculture in Prague-Suchdol. He considered emigrating after the 1968 occupation, but decided not to in the end. Upon graduating from university in 1971 he took up a job at the Institute of Physiology of General Medicine of Charles University. He was active as a “commodore” in the Scouting movement until the mid-1990s. He founded the Department of Ethology (the study of animal behaviour) at the Institute of Animal Production in Prague. He is now a professor at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague.