Scouting in Estonia
Eesti Skautide Ühing (ESÜ)
Estonian Scout Association

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Scouting established in 1911 as part of Tsarist Russia.
Founder and member of the World Organization, 1922-1940.
140th member of WOSM, 1996.

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Eesti Skautide Ühing (ESÜ)
Estonian Scout Association

The European Scout Office Reports on Estonia’s Return to the World Organization of the Scout Movement

Eesti Skautide Ühing (ESÜ – Estonian Scout Association) has been recognised as a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Scouting first started in Estonia in 1912 and the Estonian Scout Association, founded in 1919, was one of the founding members of the World Organization in 1922. However, as a result of the Soviet occupation of Estonia, Scouting was banned from 1940 onwards. It was reborn as soon as the country regained its independence in 1989. Membership of Eesti Skautide Ühing is open to all young people in Estonia without distinction of race, origin, creed or sex, with over 1,000 male and female members. The association’s national headquarters are in Suure-Jaani, in the centre of Estonia. Members of the association have participated in international events, including Eurofolk 1993, the European Jamboree 1994, the World Jamboree 1995 and various European seminars. Leaders have also attended training courses provided by Scout associations in Denmark, Finland and Canada.

Reprinted from Eurofax 41, February 1996. Eurofax is the monthly newsletter of the European Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). It is produced by the European Scout Office and is distributed by fax to all member associations in the European Scout Region and the Europe Region WAGGGS, and others.

Links to Scouting in Estonia

link-sct-estonia.jpg (2839 bytes) Home Page of ESÜ-Eesti Skautide Ühing,
Estonian Scout Association
Skauditööst Kehra Koguduses
link-calgaric-small.jpg (2764 bytes) In 1933, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell and a contingent of 650 Guides and Scouts sailed to the countries of the Baltic on an "Argosy of Peace." The Cruise of the Calgaric, relates the story of the cruise and provides a rare picture of Scouting in Estonia, the Baltic states and Scandanavia prior to the Second World War.
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A Chronicle of Scouting in Eastern Europe

With the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe and Russia, Scouting has returned to many lands where it had previously taken root. These pages chronicle the return of former members and the addition of new members to the World Organization of the Scout Movement. They also report the growth of Scouting in the other nations of Eastern Europe.

Scouting organizations around the world are assisting in the growth of Scouting in both Eastern Europe and Russia. They have been identified by country where information is available.

Currently, the "Chronicle" reports on the progress of Scouting in 19 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The Chronicle Home Page provides links to each.

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