Centennial year of Estonian scouting begins
Centennial year inaugural celebrations were held outdoors simultaneously in Tallinn, Tartu, Kilingi-Nõmme, Haapsalu and Rakvere. In Tallinn, scouts and friends of scouts gathered in Vabaduse väljak / Freedom Square where they lit candles, played games, sang and watched video greetings from other troops. Cake was later served at the Tudengimaja / Student House on Raekoja plats where a video was shown of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves speaking about his vivid memories of Estonian scouting in the U.S.
Cake-cutter Karolin is a member of the ökoskaudid – "ecological" scouts within the Estonian Scout Association (ESÜ) whose motto is not just "Be Prepared", but be prepared to lend a hand to help the environment (Keskkonna nimel – alati valmis.) Karolin is also assistant coordinator of Eesti skautlus 100, alongside Monika Ojala (see this week's Estonian section). Women leading scouts – Lady Olave Baden-Powell would be proud, since before becoming Chief Guide for Britain in 1918, she was Scoutmaster of a troop founded in Sussex in 1913.