We do not realize it, but Scouting is somehow encoded within us
Jaroslav Novák was born in 1932 in Prague. He has admired Boy Scouts since he was a little child, and he considered the characters from the Rychlé Šípy (Fast Arrows) stories as his role models. His identical twin brother Vladimír participated in Boy Scout camps which were led directly by Jaroslav Foglar, and Jaroslav Novák therefore had an opportunity to meet Foglar in person several times. At the time when Boy Scout troops were being disbanded after 1948, Jaroslav joined the 34th Water Boy Scout Troop. Afterwards he became a member of the Sports Club of the Electric Company (SKEP) where many former Boy Scouts found a refuge. Among other, he took part in the Czechoslovak championship in flat-boat rowing with this club. He completed his apprenticeship in a drugstore and then he studied a pharmaceutical specialization at a secondary technical school. In the 1950s he briefly worked in the construction industry, and in 1953-1955 he did his military service. His brother Vladimír emigrated to Canada in 1967.