Scout isn’t political but it can’t be apolitical either
Miloš Kříž was born in 1956 in Pardubice. He grew up in a Catholic family; his father was strongly opposed to the communist regime. As a 12-year-old he joined the Catholic scout club No. 43 led by Petr “Kim” Majšajdr. A year later at the last legally held scout summer camp he took the scout oath. In 1970 scouting was banned and the 43th club went underground where it remained practically up until the Velvet Revolution. In 1971 Miloš Kříž finished an apprenticeship to become a joiner and ever since 1975 along with Jiří Navrátil he led the scout club. They renamed themselves in 1985 and for the following five years operated under the auspices of the newly-founded Czech Association of Environmentalists. After the Velvet Revolution he and Petr Majšajdr and Jiří Navrátil established their own scout center which bears the name of the Mašín brothers.