Maldives Boy Scouts

Figure 1.--Here we see an unidentified Maldives Scout group, presumably associated with a school. The boys look like Cubs. They wear tan shirts with dark blue short pants and red and white neckerchiefs. The leaders wear black shirts and white shorts. There do not seem to be any Scouts assisting with the Cubs as is common in other countries.

The Maldives are an island nation off the southern tip of India. The Scout Association of Maldives (Divehi ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ސްކައުޓް އެސޯސިއޭޝަން) was founded (1963). This seems rather a late date. We are not sure why Scouting was founded at such a late date. It became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (1990). Divehi Scouting is now coeducational. There is also girl guiding with separte girl units. There are now more than 100 Scout units with over 5,500 Scouts. We do not have much informtion on Maldives Scouting. We believe that most if not all Maldives Scout units are associated with schools. The Maldives is a Muslim country. We do not know if Mosques also sponsor Scout units. The levels inclue: Cub Scouts (7-11 years), Scouts (12-15 years), and Rovers (16-20 years). Scout unifoirms seem to vary. Some units incorporate part bof the school uniform. We see Cubs wearing tan shirts and blue short pants. We see Scouts wearing tan shirts with black long pnts. We are not sure if the long pants are the Scout uniform or the school uniform. Boy Scout Mohammed Jaisham Ibrahim saved President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom from assassination (2008).


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Created: 10:33 AM 9/11/2011
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