Myths & Legends: Machu Picchu and Narnia

Myths & Legends is a peek at some of the background we’ve discovered to the themes used by the subcamps, departments, and patrols at PJ. Add your comments or send us your story! 

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca citadel in southern Peru on a 2,430-metre mountain ridge. The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later. When it was used, about 750  people lived there permanently Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of how they originally appeared.

Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historic Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.


The mythical world of Narnia was created by C. S. Lewis in the 1950s. It was a magical place of talking animals and Kings and Queens. It was a place that children from our world could visit for hours (or days or years) and then return home, finding nothing had changed. Over the course of 7 books, readers see the creation, development and eventual destruction of the mythical world.  Despite the dangers faced in every story, the series focuses on the wonder and adventures the children face.

At PJ the Fun Zone (beside The Gathering Place) has been dubbed Narnia and hopes to install the same sense of wonder and fun in the youth as Narnia did to its readers and characters (without the dangerous enemies). The Chronicles of Narnia is one of the best-known children literature series in history, and hopefully the fun zone will be a popular destination for Scouts and OOS looking for a little fun in their free time.

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