National Boy Scout Movements: Peru

Figure 1.--This Peruvian Boy Scout had his portrait taken, we think in the 1920s.

The Peruvian Scout Association is the Asociación de Scouts del Perú (ASP). It was founded (1911). It became a charter member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (1922). The ASP like many other Scout associations in Latin america is a relatively small group, only about 5,500 members (2008). The best known Peruvian Scouter is Dr. Elias Mendoza H. who was awarded the Bronze Wolf by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting (1973). The ASP puts an emphasis on Vocational training, conservation programs, and community service. Thy have a close association with the Red Cross. Peru is a country with a very destinctive geofraphy, an arid coast, Andean highlands (sieera), and Amazonian jungle. In recent years the ASP has developed conservation programs. Scouts can visit Amazonian jungle villages and learn about the conservation of nature. Tree planting is a popular activity. Scouts also work to restore and maintain indigenous (Native American) pre-Colombian sites. Peru was the cebnter of the Inca civilization and Machu Picchu is one of the most important Inca sites. Other Scout projects deal with increasing food production and improving nutrition. There are several Scout levels: Lobatos/Cubs (ages 8 to 11), Scouts (ages 11 to 14), Caminantes/Venturing (ages 14 to 17), and Rovers (ages 18 to 21).


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