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Asociación de Scouts de Bolivia

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Membership badge of Asociación de Scouts de Bolivia

Asociación de Scouts de Bolivia (ASB) is the national Scouting association of Bolivia. Scouting was founded in Bolivia in 1911 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1950. ASB has 7,829 members (as of 2003).

Scouting is active in rural and urban areas of the country, and open to all young people of all religions. 90% of all members are Catholic, and the church sponsors many groups.

The Asociación de Scouts de Bolivia prides itself on having members of many social classes, both the cities and rural areas. There are groups for handicapped children. There has been a great effort to make Scouting available to handicapped and disadvantaged youngsters, including youngsters in state orphanages.

Many Scout activities involve community service projects such as environmental protection, food production, tree planting and literacy.

The Scouts have built several community development centers with the help of the German Scouts, American Scouts, Spanish Scouts among many others. These community centers are located in: Cochabamba (headquarters); where a library and some other community development buildings are located, besides a convention center; La Paz (past headquarters), also a library and other community development buildings, featuring assistance centers; Santa Cruz. Other community centers are scheduled to be built (as of 2006).

Program Sections

  • Lobatos-ages 6 to 10
  • Exploradores-ages 11 to 13
  • Pioneros-ages 14 to 17
  • Rovers-ages 18 to 20

The Scout Motto is Siempre Listo, Always Prepared.

Regions

The Scout Movement in Bolivia represented as Asociacion de Scouts de Bolivia, is present in 8 of the 9 administrative divisions (departments): La Paz, Cochabamba (where the main office is), Santa Cruz, Oruro, Potosí, Tarija, Chuquisaca and Beni, there is still the task to found an office on Pando.

Scout Oath

Por mi honor prometo, hacer cuanto de mí dependa para cumplir mis deberes para con Dios, los demas y conmigo mismo, ayudar al prójimo en toda circunstancia y cumplir fielmente la Ley Scout.

For my honor, I promise to do my best to fulfill my duties to God, others and myself, to help my fellow man in any circumstances and to faithfully keep the Scout Law.

Scout Law

  • El Scout cifra su honor en ser digno de confianza
  • El Scout es leal, cortés y caballeroso
  • El Scout es útil y ayuda a los demás sin esperar recompensa alguna
  • El Scout es amigo de todo y hermano de cualquier Scout
  • El Scout es acogedor y combate la injusticia
  • El Scout cuida la obra de Dios, ama la vida y protege a plantas y animales
  • El Scout sabe obedecer y siempre termina lo que empieza
  • El Scout tiene valor, sonríe y canta en sus dificultades
  • El Scout es económico, trabajador y respetuoso del derecho ajeno
  • El Scout es limpio de cuerpo, pensamiento, palabra y obra

International Scout units in Bolivia

In addition, there are American Boy Scouts in La Paz, linked to the Direct Service branch of the Boy Scouts of America, which supports units around the world.

See also

External links

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
Associate members: Aruba | Netherlands Antilles
Countries without Scouting: Cuba