Contacts and members
More than twenty years is enough time for one child to grow up, and we have grown up. We are great both in size and spirit. The skills and knowledge gained from working together support children in their daily lives.
We have friends in every county and in every corner of Estonia. Leaders are the youth instructor of the organization and active leaders of the groups. Most of the youth leaders are good teachers, educated people. Young at heart and rich in spirit. As for events, there are plenty of them – participating in camps, participating in hiking games, trips, excursions, national events. There are conferences and recognition events. At the regional level, there are at least two major events per month. In addition, there is consistent work in groups – gatherings, study days, study trips, study excursions. Conferences and recognition events.
Traditions – county ski competition, crowded festive gatherings – making a vow for new members, Jüripäev hiking game, intelligence “Rene Trip”, division and county camps, autumn orienteering competition, forest camps, checkers and chess competition. Since 2000, the Home Daughter of the Year, the best group, the supporting local government and the supporting defence ally have been declared.
Close cooperation with people and organizations at different levels – county schools, municipalities, police, rescue board, Red Cross, hunters’ association, etc.
You can find more information about our activities on the ’Võrumaa Noored Kotkad’ Facebook page.
What does being a home daughter give me?
I remember the day when I became a home daughter. Festively dressed and with pigtails on our heads, we went to the Kuldre schoolhouse, where we took an oath and got scarves around our necks and membership cards. We felt really proud. Although I probably didn’t know at the time, being next to others, what it really means to be a home daughter or what this organization can give me. Now, I started to think more about it.
Being a home daughter has given me a sense of responsibility, which I think is hugely important at this age, when you are only in your first years in the organization. At that time, it is necessary to start thinking that I am already big enough and have obligations and responsibilities to something or someone.
I certainly gained a lot of new knowledge as well. Over the years, by participating in several camps, lectures, hikes and competitions, I learned more about the organization and its leaders, as well as about my home country. I also acquired many practical skills in various fields, such as nature, first aid, map reading and even firefighting and shooting. I probably wouldn’t have tried some of them if I wasn’t a home daughter.
The organization made me bolder. I sometimes have to interact with unfamiliar adults and peers at various events. And it’s often then that I make new friends and acquaintances. Besides, courage and communication skills are absolutely the ones that are needed in everyday life later on.
Overall, being a home daughter has put me in new situations and given me wisdom for later life. I am lucky to be part of such an organization. I’m proud to be a home daughter.
Marika, home daughter