Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Chile
The Association of Guides and Scouts of Chile - Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Chile (AGSCH) was formed in 1978 by the amalgamation of the Asociación de Scouts (ASCH) and the Asociación de Guías (AGCH).
In 1909, the second Scout Association in the world was founded in Chile. It was inspired by the direct influence of Robert Baden-Powell who visited the country that same year. The founder of the Chilean Scouting movement was Alcibíades Vicencio. The Girl Guide Association of Chile was founded in 1935. After a long process, the two national associations, The Chilean Scout Association and The Catholic Scout Federation merged in 1978 to form the Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Chile. An important milestone in Chilean Scouting was to be host of the 19th World Scout Jamboree in 1998/1999.
Scouting in Chile has been a forerunner in social projects. The Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Chile have a center in the south, where they are involved in assisting poor children by providing meals, clothes and help with schooling. The ultimate goal of this project is to improve the conditions to the point where the children will be able to return home.
There is also a project in the poorer sections of Santiago. Several Scout groups have been formed for the very poor children, giving them a meal a day and helping them to learn Scouting skills that will lead them to improve their living conditions. Programs have been established for disabled children. Scouts help with disaster relief. After one earthquake, Scouts took charge of shelters caring for thousands of victims.
Scouts de Chile hosted the 19th World Jamboree in December 28, 1999. This was the first World Jamboree in South America. Scouts de Chile hosted about 30,000 Scouts with 1,343 Chilean Staff and 5,625 Chilean Scouts participating.
- Cubs/Brownies-ages 7 to 11
- Scouts/Guides-ages 12 to 16
- Ruta/Rovers-ages 17 to 20
The Scout Motto is Siempre Listo, Always Ready.
- The Scout is trustworthy
- The Scout is loyal
- The Scout serves, never expecting a reward
- The Scout shares with everyone
- The Scout is joyful
- The Scout loves nature, and in nature discovers God
- The Scout knows how to obey, and does nothing only half-way
- The Scout is optimistic
- The Scout takes care of things because he values work
- The Scout is pure, in thought, speech and work
The Condor Scout rank is the highest Scout rank in Chile.
Other Scout organizations in Chile
- In addition, the Agrupación Nacional de Boy Scouts de Chile belongs to the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS).
Scouting in Easter Island
- Scouting also exists on Easter Island, in the Tatauro Mo A Rapa Nui.
International Scout units in Chile
- In addition, there are American Boy Scouts in Santiago, linked to the Direct Service branch of the Boy Scouts of America, which supports units around the world, as well as Girl Scouts of the USA.
|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