Boy Scouts of the Philippines
|Boy Scouts of the Philippines|
Scout Badge of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines
Motto: Laging Handâ!
|Founded||October 31, 1936|
|Chief Scout||Benigno S. Aquino III|
|National President||Jejomar Binay|
|Secretary-General||Wendel E. Avisado (OIC)|
|Affiliation||World Organization of the Scout Movement, Asia-Pacific Scout Region|
The Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) is the national Scout organization of the Philippines. Its mission is to imbue in the youth the love of God, country, and fellow men; to train young people to become responsible leaders; and to contribute in nation-building.
The BSP was chartered under Commonwealth of the Philippines Act No. 111 on October 31, 1936. Its predecessor was the Philippine Council chartered by the Boy Scouts of America in 1923 through the work of American, Chinese, and Filipino businessmen and interest groups.
Scouting in the Philippines became official in 1923 with the establishment of the Philippine Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Philippines became an independent Scouting nation in 1938, with the handover of assets and duties of the BSA Philippine Council to the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. In 1940, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines was founded. In 1959, the 10th World Scout Jamboree was held in Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna, the first world Scout jamboree held in Asia.
- 1 History
- 2 Ranks, programs and ideals
- 3 Sections
- 4 Scout Oath and Law
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The history of Scouting in the Philippines can be traced back to the American Occupation. The earliest documented formation of a Scout troop in the islands was that of the Lorillard Spencer Troop of Zamboanga formed in 1914 by a United States Navy Lieutenant named Sherman Kiser.
Alliance in motion was initially assigned to escort American charity worker Caroline Spencer in Sulu. Mrs Spencer saw how Filipino boys could benefit from Scouting and discussed her ideas with Kiser. This suggestion was natural for Mrs. Spencer as her son, Lorillard Spencer was quite active in Scouting in the United States, hence the name of the troop. Kiser was reassigned however to Zamboanga, but he followed through with Mrs. Spencer's suggestion and formed a Scout troop composed of young Muslim boys. Upon learning of the formation of a new troop, Mrs. Spencer sent monetary support to purchase uniform and construct a headquarters.
Philippine Council, Boy Scouts of America
More troops were organized through the years, mostly organized by American missionaries and servicemen in the islands. The growing number of Scouts was the reason why the Rotary Club of Manila wrote to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in New York. The letter was a request to formalize Scouting in the Philippines starting with Manila.
The BSA responded by sending Samuel Stagg as the Special Field Scout Commissioner to the Philippines. At the same time, Philip D. Carman, a U.S. Army major stationed in the Philippines who was on leave back in the United States, followed up the request with the BSA in New York.
On October 5, 1923, the Manila Council of the BSA was formed. The new council was initially funded through the help of various civic-organizations namely: the YMCA, Knights of Columbus, Masons, Elks, Filipino and Chinese Chambers of Commerce, the U.S. Army, the Catholic and Protestant churches, and the American Legion. The Charter Members were: Philip D. Carman (President & Commissioner), E.P. Brias (Vice President), Manuél Roxas Camus (Vice President), Charles E. Adams (Deputy Commissioner), Samuel Wells Stagg (Deputy Commissioner); Clifton M. Beaty, T.A. Bordner, Albert J. Breeze, F.A.X. Bryne, Dee C. Chuan, Andrew B. Cresap, F.E. Hedrick, J. Hill, Lim Gae Sim, Arsenio Nicasio Luz, Honorio Pobladór, George H. Seaver, E.S. Turner, José E. Valdéz, J.P. Wade, C. Russell Zeininger.
In November 1923, the Rotary Club advised the BSA that the council had been organized. On December 27, 1923, BSA Deputy Scout Executive, Dr. Bryan Pintor cabled the endorsement of the BSA by chartering the council as a first class council. In addition, the BSA gave the council jurisdiction over the entire Philippine Islands instead of only Manila as originally applied for. This officially created the Philippine Council, BSA.
Other historical events
Milestones in Philippine Scouting include:
- 1931, experimentation in Sea Scouting and Cub Scouting.
- 1933, the Philippines' first participation in an international Scouting event. The Philippine Council sent delegates to the 4th World Scout Jamboree in Budapest, Hungary, as part of the American contingent.
- 1934, Rover Scouting was introduced. BSA's Shanghai Scout district was placed under the supervision of the Philippine Council.
- 1936, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines was founded by virtue of Commonwealth Act 111 signed by President Manuel L. Quezon. The charter members were Joseph Stevenot, Jorge B. Vargas, Carlos P. Romulo, General Vicente Lim, Judge Manuel Camus, Arsenio N. Luz, and Gabriel Daza.
- 1947, the Philippines' first participation as an independent Scouting country in a world jamboree, at the 6th World Scout Jamboree in Moisson, France.
- 1953, First Wood Badge course was conducted at Camp Gre-Zar in Novaliches, Quezon City.
- 1954, 1st Philippine National Scout Jamboree held at Rolling Hills, Balara, Quezon City.
- Dr. M.V. de los Santos served on the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1957 until 1959.
- 1959, 10th World Scout Jamboree held on Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna. First world Scout jamboree held in Asia.
- 1963, the 24-member delegation of the BSP to the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Marathon, Greece, perished in a plane crash in the sea off the coast of Mumbai, India. Streets in the South Triangle District of Quezon City were named in memory of the victims.
- 1971, Ambassador Antonio Concepcion Delgado was elected Chairman of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The first Filipino to hold this position.
- 1973, BSP Golden Jubilee Jamboree & 1st Asia-Pacific Jamboree was held at Mt. Makiling, Laguna
- 1979, 6th National Jamboree at 3 locations (Isabela, Cebu, Davao)
- 1983, 7th National Jamboree at 4 venues (Baguio, Goa Camarines Sur, Iloilo, Zamboanga)
- 1993, The Philippines hosted the 1st ASEAN Scout Jamboree.
- 1987, 8th National Jamboree was held in Baguio City from Feb. 21-27.
- 1997, The 2nd World Scout Parliamentary Union held in Manila.
- 2007, The BSP 14th National Jamboree was held.
- 2007, BSP celebrated the world centennial of Scouting
- 2009-2010, The BSP hosted the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree December 28, 2009-January 3, 2010. This was the 3rd APR Jamboree that Philippines hosted.
- 2011, The BSP 15th National Scout Jamboree was held.
- 2011, The BSP celebrated 75 years of Philippine Scouting.
After Jorge B. Vargas, other Philippine recipients of the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting, include Gabriel A. Daza in 1965, Hermengildo B. Reyes in 1967, Ambassador Antonio C. Delgado in 1971, and Jorge Maria Cui in 1979.
- 2012, 2nd southern Luzon regional scout jamborette held on Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna.
- 2013, National Scout Jamboree held on Mount Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna.
- 2013, National Peace Jamboree held on Mount Makiling, Laguna; Capitol Hills South Camp, Cebu; BSP Camp Malagos, Davao.
Ranks, programs and ideals
The Scout Badge incorporates elements of the flag of the Philippines.
Scouts must earn the Membership Badge prescribed for the program they belong prior to working on the ranks.
- Tiger Scout
- Cub Scout
- Webelo Scout
- Boy Scout
- Second Class
- First Class
- Membership/Sea Explorer
- Outdoorsman or Airman or Seaman
- Venturer or Air Venturer or Sea Venturer
- KID Scouting (Kabataang Iminumulat-Diwa or Children to be Introduced to Virtues) is for boys 3 to 4 years of age.
- KAB Scouting (Kabataang Alay sa Bayan or Children Offered to the Nation) is for boys 5 to 7 years of age.
- Boy Scouting is for boys 7 to 12 years of age.
- Senior Scouting is for boys and girls 13 to 17.
- Rover Scouting for young men and women 17 to 24.
Scout Oath and Law
The Scout Oath and Law of the BSP are the following words, respectively,
The Scout Oath (English)
On My Honor
I will do my best;
to do my duty to God and my country,
the Republic of the Philippines
and to obey the Scout Law;
to help other people at all times
to keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake and morally straight.
Ang Panunumpâ ng Scout (Filipino/Tagalog)
Sa ngalan ng aking dangal
ay gagawín ko ang buóng makakaya;
Upang tumupád sa aking tungkulin sa Diyós at sa aking Bayan,
ang Republiká ng Pilipinas
at sumunód sa Batás ng Iskawt;
Tumulong sa ibáng tao sa lahát ng pagkakataón;
Pamalagiing malakás ang aking katawán,
gisíng ang isipan at marangál ang asal.
The Scout Law (English)
A Scout is:
Ang Batás ng Scout (Filipino/Tagalog)
Ang Scout ay:
Senior Scout Code
As a Senior Scout,
I will live by
the Scout Oath and Law and the
Senior Scout motto and slogan.
I will be familiar with the Constitution
of the Philippines especially my
rights and obligations as a Filipino
I will share in my responsibilities to
my home, school, church, neighborhood,
community and country.
I will deal fairly and kindly with
my fellowmen in the spirit of the Scout
I will work to preserve our Filipino
heritage aware that the privileges
I enjoy were won by hard work, sacrifice, clear
thinking and faith of our forefathers.
I will do everything in my power to
pass a better Philippines to the next
- "Triennal review: Census as at 1 December 2010". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
- See Oldest Scout Groups.
- Birth of the BSP, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, retrieved 2008-07-05
- Zeininger was the editor of the Manila Daily Bulletin from 1918 to 1926. Cf Taylor, Carson, History of the Philippine Press.
- Extensive chronologies of Philippine Scouting history were published in the BSP's Scouting for Filipino Boys and Boy Scout Book, both now out-of-print and extremely rare.
- Scout Oath and Law, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, retrieved 2008-07-05 (spelling correction applied)
- The Scout Oath, Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
- This is exactly identical with the Scout Law of the Boy Scouts of America.
- The Official Web Portal of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines
- Scout Advancement Resource Center, Boy Scouts of the Philippines
- BSP Scouting Documents Resource Center, Boy Scouts of the Philippines