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Asociacion de Guias y Scouts de Chile

The Association of Guides and Scouts of Chile - Asociacion de Guias y Scouts de Chile (AGSCH) was formed in 1978 by the amalgamation of the Asociacion de Scouts de Chile (ASCH) and the Asociacion de Guias de Chile (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 Alcibiades 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 Asociacion de Guias y Scouts de Chile.

The Asociacion de Guias y Scouts de Chile hosted the 19th World Jamboree at Picarquin in December 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.


Scouting in Chile has been a forerunner in social projects. The Asociacion de Guias 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 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.



(Cubs/Brownies) - ages 7 to 11

Motto: "Siempre Mejor" (Always Better)

A Lobatos group is named Manada ("Pack")

A Golondrinas group is named Bandada ("Flock")


(Scouts/Guides) - ages 11 to 15

Motto: "Siempre Listo" (Always Ready)

A Scouts group is named Tropa ("Troop")

A Guides group is named Compania ("Company")

Troops and Companies are divided on work teams, of 8 persons, named Patrullas ("Patrols"), led by a Guia de Patrulla ("Patrol Guide").

On this section, boys and girls can achieve some Especialidades ("Specialities"), that are a synonymum for Merit Badges.


Pionero (Pioneers) [ages 15 to 17]

* Motto: "A servir" (To Serve)

A Pioneros group is named Avanzada ("Advanced")

This groups are subdivided on Equipos ("Teams"), led by a Coordinador ("Coordinator").


Caminante (Rovers) [ages 17 to 20]

* Motto: "A servir" (To Serve)

A Caminantes group is named Clan

This groups are subdivided on Equipos ("Teams"), led by a Coordinador ("Coordinator").

Scout Law


The Lobato/Golondrina:

Knows and takes care of his/her body

Tries to solve his/her problems

Is joyful and tells the truth

Knows how to listen, and says what he/she feels

Is friendly and helps the others

Learns how to know God



The Scout/Guia/Rutero:

Is trustworthy

Is loyal

Serves, never expecting a reward

Shares with everyone

Is joyful and cordial

Loves nature, and in nature discovers God

Knows how to obey, and does nothing only half-way

Is optimistic

Takes care of things because he/she values work

Is pure, in thought, speech and work

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.

External links

www.scoutchile.tk, Revista Virtual Scout+Chile

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