ADDRESS TO THE BOY SCOUT MOVEMENT
On Saturday, June 6,1959, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I attended The Annual National Boy Scout Jamboree in the vicinity of the Haile Selassie I Stadium in Addis Ababa. On this occasion His Imperial Majesty made the following speech to 2,000 boy scouts and girl guides:
When in 1934, We first inaugurated the Boy Scout Movement in Ethiopia, Our purpose was that it might, with the aid of modern knowledge, assist in the development of that compassion which is inborn in Our youth and the heroism which they have inherited from their forefathers. The Scout's training, besides developing his moral character, is also productive in him of personal discipline, love of fellow beings and a spirit of service directed towards all of created life, animals not excluded.
When twenty-five years ago, in realization of the potential benefits of this movement for Our country, We first established the Boy Scouts Association of Ethiopia, the number of Scouts was no more than three hundred and seventy-five. The services rendered by them, however, during the period of the enemy aggression on Our country far exceeded the limit of their numbers.
We then appointed Our Son, the late Prince Makonnen, Duke of Harar, to be the Chief Scout so that he may participate fully in the Scouts' training as well as in their programme of service; and you are witnesses as to how, till the moment of his being taken away from your midst, he never spared himself in sharing your problems and extending his help in all the Association's needs. All this charity and compassion, and this concern for one’s fellow men, sprung from his loyal adherence to the Scout's pledge.
Even in future, the development of the physical and spiritual strength of Our nation is dependent on her youth obtaining Scout and military training along with their academic studies, thus combining in themselves the heroism and spirit of determination of their fathers with military training and modem scientific knowledge; and it is for this reason that We have commanded Our Vice-Minister of Education to establish facilities for military training in all Our educational institutions.
On this day, when Boy Scout and Girl Guide troops from all over the country are assembled here for your Annual Jamboree, it gives Us great pleasure to be present in your midst, and to present to you, in place of your erstwhile fellow Scout, the late Prince Makonnen, Duke of Harar, his eldest son Prince Wossen Seged Makonnen, whom We have appointed as your Chief Scout and Patron. As We have commanded him to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious father and to assist you in all your difficulties, so also We entrust to you the responsibility of caring for him and cooperating with him.
Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie – page 355 – &
Speeches delivered by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie Ist Emperor of Ethiopia on various occasions - page 135 -
|Young Ethiopian Scout 1934, when The Scout Movement was introduced into Ethiopia.|