Boy Scouts van Suriname

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Boy Scouts van Suriname
Boy Scouts van Suriname
Boy Scouts of Suriname
Country Suriname
Founded April 23 1972
Membership 2,601

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Boy Scouts van Suriname is the national Scouting organization of Suriname. Scouting in Suriname started in 1924 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in 1968. The coeducational association has 2,601 members (as of 2004).


Emblem of the Katholieke Verkenners Suriname

Scouting in Suriname started on July 29 1924, when the Surinamese district of the Vereeniging de Nederlandsche Padvinders (NPV) was officially founded in the Thalia theatre in Paramaribo. On this occasion, 107 boys made their Scout Promise.

In 1938, the Dutch Scout movement was split after a decision of the Roman Catholic episcopate into the interreligious NPV and the Katholieke Verkenners. Scouting in Suriname had to follow this despite all protests, so the Katholieke Verkenners Suriname (KVS) were founded out of the Catholic members of the groups.

During World War II, the Surinamese Scouts had to stand alone, since Scouting was banned in the German occupied Netherlands. So, after the war, the Suriname district of NPV decided to found an own, nearly independent assocition, the Surinaamse Padvinders Vereniging (SPV), which was incorporated in 1964. SPV and KVS worked close together and received recognition by WOSM in 1968, seven years before the independence of Suriname. After four years of cooperation both association merged and formed the Boy Scouts von Suriname on April 23 1972.

In 1974, the new association hosted the 5th Caribbean Jamboree.


The association is divided in three age-groups:

The Scout Motto is Weest Pareet, Be Prepared in Sranan Tongo.

See also


  • World Scout Bureau (1979), Scouting 'Round the World. 1979 edition. ISBN 2-88052-001-0
  • World Organization of the Scout Movement (1990), Scouting 'Round the World. 1990 edition. ISBN 2-88052-001-0

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