Plast exists for the development of Ukrainian children and youth. In Plast, children learn to be independent and responsible, help others and become better. Along with their personal development, Ukraine also develops.
The value of Plast scouting
What skills does Plast develop through the scouting method?
Voluntary acceptance of the Plast Oath and the promise to fulfill the Plast Law encourages children to self-discipline, teaches them to keep their promise to themselves and to others.
In Plast, children acquire new knowledge through games and practical experience. In this game format, the child develops as a leader, learns to bear responsibility not only individually, but also for others.
By working together and creating various projects, children develop their social skills: they learn to interact with each other, resolve conflict situations, help friends in difficult situations, etc.
Plast is a universe that charms through its symbolism, traditions, and the romance of life in nature. The Plast program is aimed at developing creative skills. Plast members are the authors of many songs, poems, and books.
Desire for continuous development
Plast creates an environment for harmonious development and self-education of individuals. Each child determines when to complete tasks, acquire new skills, learning to never stand still.
Caring for your health
Plast members try to spend much of their time in the fresh air and lead an active lifestyle. It hardens both the body and the character. Plast also teaches to take care of nature and spreads eco-awareness to save the planet.
Joie de vivre
Adults in Plast are called friends and are mentors. By their example, they show that mistakes form experience, and difficulties become new challenges in the "Great Game", which must be accepted in order to move forward, to reach new pinnacles.
Plast members tie a knot on their scarves, as a reminder to do good deeds every day. Every year, more than 1,000 socially useful projects of Plast take place: cleaning parks, planting trees, holding charity events, etc.
Children in Plast systematically complete tasks, gain new badges on their uniform and move to the next level of the program. At the same time, they develop, get to know themselves and the world around them, learn to communicate with others, take care of themselves, live in nature, etc.
Plast skills teach a set of specific learning goals in a certain field (for example, practical camping skills, sports, natural sciences, etc.). This allows the child to acquire new knowledge or deepen the knowledge already acquired.
Plast has a system of awards that motivate Plast members to grow as individuals: to do good deeds, to show leadership qualities in non-standard situations, to responsibly perform duties as the head of various Plast groups, etc.
Plast scouts can challenge themselves in many different specialized fields and gain basic knowledge and skills of various types of activities: water, winter, sea, equestrian, air, bicycle tourism, etc.
The Plast program is implemented through:
Activities are devoted to various topics: Plast theory, Ukrainian history and culture, science, art, crafts, singing, etc. Children get the necessary knowledge to complete tasks and move to the next levels of the program, and later begin to independently organize for themselves for their Plast group.
These are sessions with a goal of acquiring specific knowledge. For example, an ecological training event can be one where children learn to sort and recycle garbage; training in practical camping or outdoor skills is where they get used to life in nature, tie knots, make fire; while training in Ukrainian mythology is dedicated to Ukrainian history, culture and literature, etc.
Hikes and Trips
At different levels, Plast scouts organize trips between cities or through the mountains. These are mostly hiking trips, but can also be by bicycle. Such travels become real adventures that harden children, make them more resilient, make friends, and teach survival in nature.
The camps are the culmination of the yearly Plast program. There, children show what they have learned and gain even more skills and knowledge. At the camps, children become more independent, learn to take care of themselves and nature. In addition, we have camps with individual specializations where children can learn to kayaks, fly paragliders, ski, do art and more.
Small and medium-sized Plast groups regularly organize their own events. These can be activities, training, trips and camps, as well as other activities: musical and literary evenings, field games, sports, intellectual competitions or board game tournaments, etc. At such events, children demonstrate their abilities and find new friends.
Plast members from all over Ukraine gather for these events. These are art festivals where children sing, dance, draw, prepare plays, sports tournaments in volleyball, football, handball, etc., competitions in practical camping and outdoor skills, where children build various structures in nature, cook food on fire, etc.
Plast international events
Plast is open to cooperation and new associations. Plast Scouts gladly invite scouts from all over the world to their events, and also come to scout events in different countries.
The largest Plast Events
Jubilee International Plast Meeting (YUMPZ)
It occurs every five years, every time in a different country where a National Plast Committee exists. Plast members, and friends of Plast from all over the world gather to celebrate the anniversary of the organization. In 2022, this was supposed to be held in Ukraine. However, due to the war, it was moved to another country and will be held in 2027.
National Ukrainian Jamboree
A Jamboree takes place in Ukraine, every other year. Several thousand scouts of Ukraine gather together for joint camping, interaction and celebration of various important events.
Scout Day: A festival of creativity
Groups of plast youth from 12 years of age and up, from all over Ukraine, gather in Lviv and present creative performances. The event gathers more than 1,500 participants every year.
Spartakiada: A sporting event
Competitions in various sports are held in various cities of western Ukraine. Every year, the event takes place with participants of over 1,000 members.
The Spring Festival
This is a camping competition in practical outdoor skills. Each stratum cell near their town gathers in the spring before the summer camp to practice life skills in nature. Participants practice field cooking, knot tying, handling fire and other equipment during the 3-day competition. The event covers more than 5,000 participants in more than 1000 Ukrainian settlements.
Mother of three Plast members
I brought my eldest son to Plast in 2019. Then, I learned about the program for “chicks”, and brought the two younger children to activities as well. Plast is an ideal environment for both children and adults.
Julia and George Spasokukotskyi
Parents of two Plast members
We learned about Plast from a colleague who had been involved in Plast for a long time. Our eldest daughter was brought to her first activity in 2013. Later, our son also joined.
Mom of a Plast member
My son has been in scouting for three years. I am very happy when he returns from camp tired, but mature, confident and so happy. Much sincere gratitude to the teachers and mentors of Plast for their titanic, selfless work!
Mother of three Plast members
My two older children joined the Plast at the age of 6, the youngest joined the cubs at the age of 4. Then the children went on their first independent trip without their parents. It captivated them.