By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor and Scout!
Scouts in Mexico? Of course! Scouting is a worldwide with over 40 million Scouts in 162 countries. International Scouting is aimed at creating an understanding of other cultures as well as promoting peace and tolerance. The Scout Association of Mexico was formed 90 years ago, and there are now more than 13,000 Scouts throughout the country.
The Scouts of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, has over 90 members, comprised in age groups of 7-10 years, 11-14 years, 15-18 years, and 18-21 years. The Troop meets every Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Parque Los Amates in Ixtapa. And, we are so proud that our Troop Master, Mr. Jesús Rodríguez Cárdenas is also the “Jefe” (Chief) of the national Scout association.
Mr. Jesús Rodríguez Cárdenas is Chief of the Scout Association of Mexico and is Troop Master of the Scouts of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. He welcomes all kids to Scouts. “It doesn’t matter what race, creed or social position. We are all brothers and sisters united together. Welcome to the Scouts.”
The Scouts of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo meet every Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Parque Los Amates in Ixtapa. The Troop has about 60 kids, ranging from 7-21 years old. Both boys and girls participate together in the Troop.
The Mission of the Scouts of Mexico is: “Through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to contribute to the education of young people to participate in building a better world, where people are fully developed and play a constructive role in society.”
The Scout Promise: “I promise, on my honor, to do all my best to do my duty to God and country, help others in all circumstances and faithfully fulfill the Scout Law.”
The Scout Law:
- A Scout is honest and trustworthy.
- A Scout is loyal to his/her country, parents, bosses and subordinates.
- A Scout is useful and helps others without thought of reward.
- A Scout is a friend to all and a brother/sister to every Scout, without distinction of religion, race, nationality, or social class.
- A Scout is courteous and acts nobly.
- A Scout sees in nature the work of God, and protects animals and plants.
- A Scout obeys responsibly, does things in order, and completes the task.
- The Scout laughs and sings through difficulties.
- A Scout is thrifty, and works carefully for the good of others.
- A Scout is clean, healthy, and pure in thought, word and deed.
Recent Local Activities:
Independence Day History Competition and Celebration: Recently, the Scouts of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo invited parents and community members to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day. The event included a competition within each age group. Scouts, dressed in character, gave a presentation about the country’s historic figures. The adults learned a lot!
Presentation of UN Sustainable Goals for International Day of Peace: The Scouts of Zihuatanejo have a program entitled, “Messengers of Peace.” Eco-Tianguis Organic Market has an annual community celebration in honor of the International Day of Peace.
This year, little seven-year-old Scout Donaji Sofia Mendez Hernandez wowed the audience by delivering the United Nations 17 Goals for Sustainable Peace (with a little help from Auntie). The Scouts will be making similar presentations to tourists and hotel guests in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo throughout the year.
Scout Donaji Sofia Mendez Hernandez wowed the audience by delivering the United Nations 17 Goals for Sustainable Peace at the Eco Tianguis Organic Market in honor of the International Day of Peace.
SALUTE to the Scouts of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! And, we thank the many parents and volunteers who donate their time, efforts, and resources to our kids.
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