World Scouts supports the Scout Esperanto League (SEL). The SEL is an international organization of guides and scouts who speak the international language Esperanto. The SEL was founded in 1918.
º ARE GIRLS AND BOYS WHO ENJOY FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND WANT TO HELP PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING
º LEARN BASIC EXPRESSIONS IN SEVERAL LANGUAGES
º USE THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE ESPERANTO TO COMMUNICATE WITH SCOUTS AROUND THE WORLD
º ARE LIFE-LONG LEARNERS WHO VALUE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
BADEN-POWELLl AND ESPERANTO
A hundred years ago Baden-Powell wrote a booklet called ”Scouting for Boys“.
It appeared as six brochures with the price of 4 pennies each. The very first one appeared in January 15th 1908.
Each of the booklets were divided into chapters, which received the name of ”Camp Fire Yarn“.
In the third booklet, Baden-Powell advised the scouts that they should use the International Language Esperanto as a ”secret patrol language“.
It is only one sentence. And it does not appear anymore in the following edition.
The fact, that Baden-Powell mentions the international language is interesting. Although his writing shows, that he hardly understand the worth of Esperanto for the world-wide scouting movement.
”If you want to write a despatch that will puzzle most people to read, use the Morse or semaphore letters in place of the ordinary alphabet. It will be quite readable to any of your friends who understand signaling.
Also if you want to use a secret language in your patrol you should all set to work to learn ”ESPERANTO“. It is not difficult, and is taught in a little book costing one penny. This language is being used in all countries so that you would be able to get on it abroad now.“
(Scouting for Boys, page 202 of the original version)
In August 22th 1969, the Skolta Esperanto-Ligo officially presented the first learning book ”Ĵamborea Lingvo“ (the Jamboree's Language) to the members of the Scout Conference held in Helsinki, Finland. A brand new version appeared in 1995.
”La Skolta Mondo“ is the official bulletin.
1. Información en español: http://www.esperanto.org/skolta/es/eldonajxoj
2. Information in Esperanto: http://www.esperanto.org/skolta/eo/eldonajxoj
3. Information in English: www.WorldScouts.org
4. For more information on materials needed to start a new troop: [email protected]