Costa Rica

Asociación De Guías Y Scouts De Costa Rica

Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1922
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 5414 (31/12/2012)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No

WAGGGS Region:

Western Hemisphere

Contact us

Comisionada Internacional
Avenida 10 Calles 13 Y 15
2223 1000

Telephone: 00 506 222 29898
Fax: 00 506 22 23 27 70


Promesa de la Guía/Scout

Por mi honor y con la ayuda de Dios
prometo hacer lo posible por cumplir
mis deberes para con Dios y la Patria
ayudar al prójimo en toda circunstancia
y cumplir fielmente la Ley Guía y Scout

Guide/Scout Promise

I promise on my honour to do my best:
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help my neighbours under all circumstances, and
To obey the Guide/Scout Law.

Promesa de la Hadita

Prometo hacer cuanto de mi dependa
para cumplir mis deberes hacia Dios
y mi Patria.
Obedecer la Ley de la Ronda
y ayudar a todos los días, especialmente
a los de mi casa.

Brownie Promise

I promise that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God and my country,
To obey the Brownie Law, and
To help other people every day, especially those at home.


Ley de la Guía/Scout
La Guía es:
El Scout es:

Integro(a) ante sí mismo(a) y ante los demás en todos los actos de su vida.

Para con Dios, su Patria, sus padres, sus jefes, subordinados y compañeros.

Ayuda a los demás sin esperar recompensa.

Es amigo(a) de todos y hermano(a) de todo scout y de toda guía, sin distinción de credo, raza, nacionalidad o clase social.

Manifiesta su estima y consideración a los demás.

Ve en la naturaleza la obra de Dios y la conserva.

Acepta la legítima autoridad y obedece racionalmente.

Es optimista y jovial aún en sus dificultades.

Hace buen uso del producto de su trabajo y es cuidadoso(a) del bien ajeno; hace las cosas en orden y completas.

Es limpio(a) y sano(a) en sus pensamientos, palabras y acciones.

Guide/Scout Law
A Guide is:
A Scout is:

she/he is honest to her/himself and to others in all she/he does.

she/he is loyal to God, her/his country, her/his parents, her/his
leaders, her/his subordinates and companions.

she/he helps others without expecting a reward.

she/he is a friend to all and a sister/brother to every Guide/Scout without distinction of creed, race, nationality or social class.

she/he shows appreciation and consideration of others.

she/he sees the work of God in nature and tries to conserve it.

she/he accepts legitimate authority and obeys in a rational way.

she/he is optimistic and cheerful even in the face of difficulty.

she/he puts to good use the products of her/his own word and is careful with the possessions of others; she/he does things tidily and completely.

she/he is pure in her/his thoughts words and deeds.

Ley de la Hadita

La Hadita escucha y obedece a los animalitos consejeros del bosque.
La Hadita se vence a sí misma.

Brownie Law

A Brownie listens to and obeys her leader.
A Brownie is self-controlled.

Principios Guías y Scouts

Se refiere a la relación de una persona con los valores espirituales de la vida.

Se refiere a la relación de una persona con la sociedad, en el sentido más amplio del término.

Se refiere a las obligaciones de una persona respecto a sí misma.

Guide and Scout Principles:

Adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting there from.

Loyalty to one’s country in harmony with the promotion of local, national and international peace, understanding and co-operation.

Participation in the development of society, with recognition and respect for the dignity of one’s fellow-man and for the integrity of the natural world.

Responsibility for the development of oneself.

Age groups:

Manada - 7 - 10

Tropa 11 - 14

Wak Tsuri 15 - 17

Development of the movement:

Guiding in Costa Rica started in 1922 when a Guide company was opened in the Girls’ Secondary School of San José. By 1944 Guiding had spread to other areas of the country and the Asociación de Guías de Costa Rica was established. After a period of decline, fresh impetus was given to the Association in 1965 when a member of the Western Hemisphere Committee visited the country to advise the National Committee. This was followed by a visit from a WAGGGS Travelling

In 1974 talks began with the Boy Scout Association of Costa Rica on a possible merger. A Liaison Committee was set up with representatives from the two National Committees to study possible ways of work and to prepare a draft Constitution and Regulations. After a series of meetings an agreement was drawn up and accepted by both Associations. By 1977 all plans for the merger were implemented and the administrative structure was in operation.


In 1977 the programme for each branch was reviewed and a new branch, Tsuris, introduced.

The programme is divided into five main areas: social development, physical development, character development, spiritual development and mental development. It has been developed to suit all age groups and each has its own progress plan, devised to fulfil members’ interests and expectations. Particular attention has been paid to adapting the programme to meet the special needs of girls in rural areas, with the aim of increasing membership.

Relationship to society:

Guides in Costa Rica carry out a number of service activities. They help in orphanages and hospitals, carry out projects with the disabled, organize Christmas parties for the underprivileged, participate as youth leaders in camps for school children, as well as organize youth programmes around the country.

The Association is also involved in a literacy project and has organized Brownie packs and Guide companies in homes for the disabled.

The Association participates in a university programme involving students who give voluntary community service. Many students also work as Guide leaders and camp trainers and participate in a special training project for Guides and Scouts with special needs.

Communication and Co-operation

Costa Rica co-operates with other national Girl Guide/Girl Scout organizations including the USA on a literacy project, and Canada and New Zealand on a training and development project.

The Association works to keep the public informed about its activities and the university programme, in particular, has increased public awareness of the Association’s work in the community.

The Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica has good relations with the churches. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports has assisted it in publishing booklets. Contact with non-governmental organizations is made through the Federation of Voluntary Organizations


The Training Commission, which is responsible for all training, emphasizes the need to make training events enjoyable as well as instructive. Female participation is approximately one third, which is about the same proportion as the female membership of the Association. Brownie and Guide leaders receive separate training from Cub and Scout leaders. Training for leaders of Senior Girl Guides and Rovers is held jointly, although some specialized sessions are conducted separately. Training is also held for administrative staff, committee members and trainers. Most of the training is carried out at the Association’s well-equipped training centre, Iztaru, although some sessions are held locally when necessary.

Outdoor and Environmental Activities

The Association has its own camping facilities at Campo Escuela, situated ten kilometres from the capital. It is also engaged in an ongoing marine turtle rescue project which was initiated in 1989. Guides also take part in a national parks project and have worked to improve a zoological park as well as completing tree-planting projects.