Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica
The Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica is the national Scouting and Guiding association of Costa Rica. Scouting was founded in Costa Rica in 1915 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1925. Guiding started in 1922 and became a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1981. The association has more than 10,000 youth members of both genders and about 2,000 adult volunteers (according to its homepage).
An interesting aspect of Scouting in Costa Rica is a University course on Scouting. This course is mandatory for all future teachers. The course highlights the educational value of Scouting.
Scouting in Costa Rica has an emphasis on community service, rural Scouting and nature conservation projects. The Association has a National Office and 8 regional offices throughout 9 regions of Costa Rica (San José, Central and Northern Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Brunca, and Limón). Each regional office has a regional executive that links the region to the National Office.
- Lobatos (Cubs)-ages 7 to 11
- Scouts-ages 11 to 15
- Tsuri/Senior Scouts-ages 15 to 17
- Rovers-ages 18 to 21
The Scout Motto is Siempre listos para servir, Always ready to serve.
Por mi honor y con la ayuda de Dios, prometo hacer todo lo posible por cumplir mis deberes para con Dios y la patria, ayudar al projimo en toda circunstancia y cumplir fielmente la Ley Guía y Scout.
By my honour and with God's help, I promise to do everything possible to obey all my obligations with God and my nation, help my neighbour in all circumstances, and loyally obey the Law of Scouts and Guides.
- A Scout shows his honour by being worthy of trust.
- A Scout is loyal to God, his nation, his parents, his bosses, and his subordinates.
- A Scout is useful and helps others without thinking of rewards.
- A Scout is everybody's friend and brother/sister of all Scouts, without distinction of creed, race, nationality, or social class.
- A Scout is courteous and well mannered.
- A Scout sees God's work in nature. He or she protects animals and plants.
- A Scout obeys rationally and does things in an orderly and complete manner.
- A Scout smiles and sings through difficult times.
- A Scout is economic, hard-working, and careful of others' well being. (The original Spanish phrase, cuidadoso del bien ajeno, can also mean "being careful/respectful of others' properties".)
- A Scout is clean and healthy; pure in his thoughts, words, and actions.
International Scouting units in Costa Rica
|Members of the Interamerican Scout Region|
Full members: Argentina | Bahamas | Barbados | Belize | Bolivia | Brazil | Canada | Chile | Colombia | Costa Rica | Dominica | Dominican Republic | Ecuador | El Salvador | Grenada | Guatemala | Guyana | Haiti | Honduras | Jamaica | Mexico | Nicaragua | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Suriname | Trinidad and Tobago | United States | Uruguay | Venezuela
|Members of the Western Hemisphere Region of WAGGGS|
Full members: Antigua and Barbuda | Argentina | Bahamas | Barbados | Belize | Bolivia | Brazil | Canada | Chile | Colombia | Costa Rica | Dominican Republic | Ecuador | El Salvador | Guatemala | Guyana | Haiti | Honduras | Jamaica | Mexico | Netherlands Antilles | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Trinidad and Tobago | United States of America | Venezuela