Cyprus Scouts Association
The Cyprus Scouts Association (Σώμα Προσκόπων Κύπρου - Soma Proskopon Kyproi, SPK) is the national Scouting organization of Cyprus. It was founded in 1913 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1961. SPK has 4,478 members.
Scouting was officially founded in Cyprus in 1913 by N. K. Lanitis and N. Nikolaides, with the assistance of the United Kingdom.
The Cyprus Scouts Association is open to all boys and girls including those stationed at the Eastern and Western Sovereign Base Areas. The Scouts are one of the oldest youth organizations on the island. Scouts have taken an active part in all aspects of social and cultural life.
The Cyprus Scout Association takes an active part in national, regional and international Scout events. Cyprus was represented at the 19th World Jamboree in Chile by 36 Scouts.
In 1980, Mr. Savvas Kokkinides was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting.
Other Scout associations
In addition, the Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk İzcileri provides Scouting for Turks through the Türkiye İzcilik Federasyonu.
International Scout units in Cyprus
Also, The Scout Association maintains groups for British Scouts at the Eastern and Western Sovereign Base Areas.