It was one big adventure
Emil Tuma was born on 8 June 1928 in Nymburk. There he attended elementary school and in 1939 he joined the local grammar school. Together with a bunch of guys from Nymburk he started practising scouting. He was a member of the 2nd Scout troop led by Otto Hamtil, after the official ban on scouting with his friends formed a community in a similar spirit and during the war years built their own ship, which then sailed together. During the war, and especially towards the end, Emil and his friends were involved in a disposition platoon set up by their scout leaders. In 1946, they sailed with their own ship from the Austrian border along the Vltava and the Elbe to Nymburk. In 1947 the witness graduated and went to Prague to study at the Faculty of Science, where he studied natural sciences and philosophy. After graduation he started to work in the border town of Rumburk, where he worked for over forty years as a secondary school teacher. After the Velvet Revolution, he returned to scouting for some time and until 1998 he worked in Rumburk as a Scout Center representative. During his life he was intensively interested in botany, nature conservation and he wrote the work on the flora of the Šluknov promontory.