Boy Scouts of the Philippines

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Boy Scouts of the Philippines
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Country Philippines
Founded October 31, 1936
Membership 22,734,976[1]
National President Jejomar Binay
Secretary-General Wendel E. Avisado (Acting Secretary General)
Affiliation World Organization of the Scout Movement, Asia-Pacific Scout Region
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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 fellowmen; to train young people to become responsible leaders; and to contribute to nation-building.

The BSP was chartered under Commonwealth of the Philippines Act No. 111 on October 31, 1936. Its predecessor was the Philippine Islands 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 Islands 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.

The current National President of the BSP is Vice President of the Philippines Jejomar Cabauatan Binay and its Acting Secretary General is Wendel E. Avisado.


The history of Scouting in the Philippines can be traced back to the American Occupation.[2] 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.

Sherman Kiser 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 Zamboangueño boys. Upon learning of the formation of a new troop, Mrs. Spencer sent monetary support to purchase uniform and construct a headquarters.[3]

Philippine Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America[edit]

More troops were organized through the years, mostly organized by American missionaries and servicemen in the islands.[4] As early as 1911, there were Boy Scouts in Manila.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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 Islands Council, BSA. The Philippine Islands Council was the home council of Baluga Lodge #538 of the Order of the Arrow.

Other historical events[edit]

Milestones in Philippine Scouting include:[8]

  • 1921, The Scouting Movement at Silliman Institute started under the auspices of the Institute's Church; they applied for registration in 1922 through the New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America. They received their documentations in 1923. In the same year, the unit held the first court of honor for its first Eagle Scout, Bill Raymond of Troop 8.
  • 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 Emile Hamilton Stevenot (first president), Jorge B. Vargas, Carlos P. Romulo, General Vicente Lim, Judge Manuel Camus, Arsenio N. Luz, and Gabriel A. Daza. (October is Scouting Month in the Philippines in honor of the establishment of the National Scout Organization, which happened in October 1936, the very month CA 111 was signed.)
  • 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.
  • 1960: The Filipinization of the BSP's Scout programs begins.
  • 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.
  • 1967: The BSP joined in the search and rescue operations for victims of the earthquake that struck Manila that August, which led to the Ruby Towers collapse, thus for its services in one of the biggest disasters in national history, the organization was rewarded by President Ferdinand Marcos with the Presidential Gold Medal.
  • 1971, Ambassador Antonio Concepcion Delgado was elected Chairman of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, thus becoming the first Filipino to hold this position.
  • 1973, Golden Jubilee of Philippine Scouting (1923-1973). Golden Jubilee Jamboree & 1st Asia-Pacific Jamboree was held on Mt. Makiling, Laguna.
  • 1974-75: The Cub Scout program (Grades 1-3) is officially rebranded as the KAB (Kabataang Alay sa Bayan) Program, which is its name up to the present, part of a more wider revamp of the organization.
  • 1975-1986: The Scout organization used the name "Kapatirang Scout ng Pilipinas" (literally meaning Scout Brotherhood of the Philippines) during the Marcos administration, and its levels reduced to 3. This name was abandoned in 1986 and the organization reverted to its original name "Boy Scouts of the Philippines". During those years, President Ferdinand Marcos took the mantle of Chief Scout thus bringing it in line with other Scout organizations elsewhere.
  • 1979, 6th National Jamboree at 3 locations (Isabela, Cebu, Davao)
  • 1983, 7th National Jamboree at 4 venues (Baguio, Goa Camarines Sur, Iloilo, Zamboanga)
  • 1986: Golden Jubilee of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (1936-1986). In the aftermath of the People Power Revolution the pre-1976 system and the BSP name was reinstated but the KAB Scout program stayed on, Corazon Aquino became the organization's first lady Chief Scout.
  • 1990-91: KID Scouting introduced for pre-school level boys.
  • 1993, The Philippines hosted the 1st ASEAN Scout Jamboree.
  • 1987, 8th National Jamboree was held in Baguio City from February 21–27.
  • 1997, The 2nd World Scout Parliamentary Union held in Manila.
  • 1998, 10th National Jamboree held at Clark Field, Angeles, Pampanga
  • 1999, 1st Venture Scout Jamboree held at Illan Hills, Iriga City Camarines Sur, Bicol
  • 2001, 12th National Scout Jamboree held at Leyte.
  • 2007, The BSP 14th National Jamboree was held.
  • 2007, BSP celebrated the world centennial of Scouting
  • 2009, 4th National Scout Venture Camp held at Mambajao, Camiguin.
  • 2009-2010, The BSP hosted the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree December 28, 2009 – January 3, 2010. This was the third APR Jamboree that Philippines hosted.
  • 2011, The BSP 15th National Scout Jamboree was held.
  • 2011, The BSP celebrated 75 years of Philippine Scouting.
  • 2011, 1st One southern luzon Regional Scout Jamborette held at Pili, Camarines Sur.
  • 2012, 5th National Scout Venture Camp held at Camp Malagos, Davao City.
  • 2012, 2nd southern Luzon regional scout Jamborette held on Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna.
  • 2013, National Scout Jamboree held on Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna.
  • 2013, National Peace Jamboree held on Mount Makiling, Laguna; Capitol Hills South Camp, Cebu; BSP Camp Malagos, Davao.
  • 2014, 3rd Southern Luzon Regional Scout Jamborette held on Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna
  • 2014, 6th National Scout Venture Camp held at Lingayen, Pangasinan.
  • 2014, Lorillard Spencer Troop Centennial (1914-2014). Centennial Jamboree held at three venues nationwide: Marikina City (Luzon), Cebu City (Visayas), and Zamboanga City (Mindanao).
  • 2015, The BSP 16th National Scout Jamboree held at the Energy Park, Tagum City, Davao del Norte from October 24-30, 2015. Around 21,000 scouts around the Philippines joined the Jamboree. The Davao City council came in as the council with the highest number of participants.
  • 2015, the BSP 4th one southern luzon regional jamborette held at BSP campsite [(Teresa, Rizal)], from November 24-29,2015.

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, Hermenegildo B. Reyes in 1967, Ambassador Antonio C. Delgado in 1971 (in his capacity as WOSM Chairman), and Jorge Maria Cui in 1979.

Noted Personalities[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Valeriano Ibañez Abello (d 2000) During US Navy assault Oct 17–20, 1944, Abello (aged 29), accompanied by Antero Junio and Vicente Tiston, successfully established communication with a warship using his knowledge of semaphore (learned in youth as a Boy Scout of Troop 11, Leyte, BSA). He identified himself "Boy Scouts of America", paddled out by bangkâ (outrigger canoe), was taken aboard ship 467, and provided information for targeting Japanese installations and diverting bombardment away from populated areas of Tolosa.[9] Made good copy for war correspondents on board. Conferred Philippine Legion of Honor by Pres. Ramon Magsaysay, 1956. Often mentioned in Scouting literature. An attempt by relatives to have him buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani failed. Monument at Telegrafó, Tolosa, Leyte. Honored on "Signal Day," Oct 18, in Leyte. [10][11][12][13][14][15][16]
Oscar Alcaráz Senior Scout, Post 14, Quezon City Council, BSP. Rescued his Scoutmaster who fell into a plant-infested pond by La Mesa Dam, but got drowned himself, August 30, 1970. Name source of Oscar Alcaraz Street, La Loma, Quezon City. [17][18]
Hans Arber Immigrant from Switzerland, 1937. Founded Troop 80, Manila Council, Feb 1949. Executive Board Member, Manila Council, BSP. [19][20]
Cezar I. Batilo Corps Commander, ROTC Unit, Mapua Institute of Technology. Officer, Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea. Colonel, Philippine Army. Secretary General, BSP, 1985-89.
Irving Berlin American composer and patron of Scouting. Like his famous composition God Bless America whose royalties go to the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA, Berlin stipulated that profits from his song Heaven Watch the Philippines were to go to the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines.
Vitaliano Bernardino Chief Scout, BSP, 1968-74. [15]
B.H. Unknown Scout who performed an impressive act of honesty.[21] [22]
Jejomár Cabauatan Binay Politician. Currently Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines. Former Mayor, Makati City. Currently National President of the BSP. Former Chairman, Asia-Pacific Region, World Organization of the Scout Movement. Member, Alpha Phi Omega Philippines.[23] Established Balik Scouting Program (BSP) in attempt to interest APO Philippines members in Scouting.
Elwood Stanley Brown Physical Education Director, YMCA, Manila. Founded basketball, volleyball,[24] and Boy Scouting in the Philippines in 1910. First Scoutmaster of the Philippines. Wrote letter[25] to Theodore Roosevelt praising Manila Boy Scouts (the same letter mentioned by Roosevelt in the BSA Handbook for Boys, 1st edition, 1911). Mentioned and recognised as "The Chief Scoutmaster" of the Philippines by Lord Baden-Powell in BP's report in The Scout (the British Scout newsletter), Issue No. 224, July 27, 1912, about BP's trip to Manila during his world tour. [26]
Sahjid S. Bulig Boy Scout, Troop 564, Bambang Elementary School (Bocaue), Bulacan Council. Aged 13, drowned after saving at least four children during the overloading, collapse and sinking of the Bocaue river pagoda, July 2, 1993. Conferred Medal of Honor, October 31, 1993. [27][28]
Manuél Roxas Camus Lawyer. Translator-interpreter, US Army Provost Marshal. Judge. Senator. Scoutmaster, YMCA. Commissioner, Philippine Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America. Charter Member, BSP; Chief Scout, 1945-49. Recipient, Silver Beaver and Silver Buffalo, Boy Scouts of America. [13][14][15][29]
Isidro D. Cariño Civil engineer. President, University of the East (1984-90). Secretary, Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (1990-92). President, Council of Ministers, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization. National President, BSP (1989-91).
Jaime O. Cianfrocco Boy Scout, BSP. Participant, 10th World Scout Jamboree, Makiling. US Marine Corps soldier, Viet Nam War. US Army soldier, Operation Desert Shield. Security official, United Nations headquarters, New York.
Tomás Valenzuela Confesór (1891-1951) School teacher. Government official. Wartime guerrilla leader. Forgotten founder of the BSP: as Representative of the 3rd District of Iloilo, sponsored legislative bill signed into law as Commonwealth Act 111, creating the Boy Scouts of the Philippines organization. Conferred Philippine Legion of Honor. [13][14][30]
Rodrigo B. Corpuz Scoutmaster & lifesaving instructor, BSP. Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America. Figured in incident where he was threatened at gunpoint while applying first aid on a motor accident victim, April 20, 1984. [31]
Gabriél A. Daza Charter Member, BSP; Chief Scout, 1961-68. Recipient, Bronze Wolf, 1965. Recipient, Mount Makiling Award, 1977. Recipient, Tanglaw ng Kabataan Award, 1986. [13][14][15][32]
Antonio Concepción Delgado Boy Scout, Boy Scouts of America contingent, 4th World Scout Jamboree, Hungary, 1933. Industrialist. Ambassador to the Vatican. Vice Chairman, Organizing Committee, 10th World Scout Jamboree. First Asian Chairman of the World Scout Committee, 1971-73. Recipient, Silver Buffalo (1970), Bronze Wolf (1971), Silver Tamaraw (BSP), and Mount Makiling Award (1977). National President, Kapatirang Scout ng Pilipinas, 1974-75. His son José Antonio Chuidian Delgado died in the plane crash with the Philippine contingent to the 11th World Scout Jamboree, 1963. Another son, José Eduardo Delgado, was a Member of the National Executive Board of the BSP and Chairman of the Program Sub-Committee of the World Scout Bureau Asia-Pacific Region (2009-12). [15]
Aris Canoy Espinosa Boy Scout, Troop 60, Rupagan Elementary School, Lanao del Norte Council, aged 13. In a lifesaving act with no recourse but self sacrifice, he dropped down on a live grenade to shield playing children from its explosion, January 30, 1994. [33][34]
Jorge Fajardo Scout, Holy Ghost Church (Santa Cruz, Manila), Philippine Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America. Joined US Army; survived Battle of Corregidor and Capas POW camp. Engaged in espionage. KIA in Battle of Manila. [11][35]
J. Roilo S. Golez Alumnus, US Naval Academy, Annapolis. Captain, Philippine Navy. National President, BSP, 1985-86. Served at various government posts.
Irving S. Hart Humanitarian. Founded Philippine Band of Mercy, 1937. Founded leper Boy Scout troop.
Ralph G. Hawkins Charter Member, Alpha Phi Omega Philippines. Member, Organizing Committee, 10th World Scout Jamboree. National Director, BSP, 1960-61. [15][36]
Cesar C. Javiér Boy Scout,[37] Troop 61, Holy Ghost Church, Philippine Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America. Scoutmaster, served for several decades at Holy Ghost Church, Manila Council, BSP. [15]
Oscar Joson Killed while directing road traffic in the midst of Japanese air assault on the USAFFE at Bataán. [11][38]
Bonifacio Vitan Lazcano Physician. Official, BSP. Charter Member, Alpha Phi Omega Philippines. Contingent Scoutmaster of the ill-fated Philippine delegation killed in a plane crash on the way to the 11th World Scout Jamboree, 1963. [36][39][40]
Vicente Podico Lim Alumnus, US Military Academy, West Point (1914). Officer of the US Army, the Philippine Army, and the USAFFE. Charter Member, BSP. Supported the establishment of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, of which his wife Pilár Hidalgo Lim was co-founder. Commanded 41st Division, Philippine Army at Battle of Bataan. Survived Bataan Death March. Executed 1944 by the Japanese. [13][14][15][41]
Arsenio Nicasio Luz (1888-1966) Journalist, entrepreneur, educator, community leader, government official. Member, Rotary Club. Director, Manila Carnival. Charter Member and Vice President, Manila Council (later Philippine Islands Council), Boy Scouts of America (1923). Charter Member, BSP; Chief Scout, 1942-44. [13][14][15][42]
Ferdinand Edralín Marcos Politician. President of the Republic of the Philippines, 1965-86. Imposed martial law 1972-81. Received Philippine Legion of Honor during his administration. Awarded BSP with the Presidential Gold Medal in 1967 for its efforts in the rescue of Ruby Tower victims in Manila. Issued Presidential Decree 460 restructuring the BSP: Marcos became the Chief Scout, becoming the first President to do so, the organization's name was changed to Kapatirang Scout ng Pilipinas, the organization was made to support Marcos's Bagong Lipunan regime, and its Oath and Law, programs, uniforms and ranks[43] were all changed. (The new name and most changes were discarded in 1986.) Marcos received the Mount Makiling Award (1973) and Tanglaw ng Kabataan Award (1977) from the Kapatirang Scout ng Pilipinas.
Scouter McCormick and Scout Cesar Gepigon Shot and killed by invading Japanese while manning a first aid station, Jolo Central School, Sulu, December 25, 1941. Honored in the name of McCormick-Gepigon Sulu Council, BSP. [18]
Exequiél Villanueva Montilla Boy Scout, Troop 3, YMCA, Manila. Killed while helping a mother and her children to safety during Japanese bombing of US Asiatic Fleet HQ, Cavite, December 8, 1941. [11][44][45]
Godofredo P. Neric (d 1991) Boy Scout (1930), Lone Scout (1930-35), and Eagle Scout (1935), Philippine Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America. Soldier, Philippine Scouts, US Army; survived Battle of Bataan, Bataan Death March, and POW camp. Wartime guerrilla. Graduate, Far Eastern University. Professional, Manila Council, BSP. Charter Member and the first National Secretary, Alpha Phi Omega Philippines, 1950. National Director (1961-62) and National Executive (1962-1974), BSP. Edged out in a power struggle in the national leadership, he migrated to the USA and became a store employee at the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. [36][46][47]
Agustín Olmedo Scoutmaster, Troops 171 and 172, Far Eastern University Scouting Unit, Manila Council, BSP. With his Scouts[48] while homeward bound from a camping trip, encountered a road accident, applied first aid to multiple victims, and helped with their evacuation. Executive, Santa Clara County Council (San Jose, California), Boy Scouts of America.[49] [14][50]
Leonardo R. Osorio Official, BSP. Charter Member, Alpha Phi Omega Philippines. [36]
Guillermo R. Padolina Chief Executive (1954-56) and National Director (1956), BSP. Appointed by Boy Scouts International Bureau Director Daniel Spry as Traveling Commissioner for the Far East, he set up the first Far East office of the Bureau at the BSP National Headquarters in Manila, May 1956; facilitated establishment of the Far East Region with 10 member countries, July 26. Charter Member and the first 3rd Vice President, Alpha Phi Omega Philippines. [14][15][36]
William Howard Quasha Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America. Mechanical engineer. Lawyer. Lt Col, US Army. Founder, William H. Quasha & Associates. Executive Board Member, Manila Council, BSP. National Executive Board Member, BSP, 1955-74. Recipient, Philippine Legion of Honor. Recipient, Silver Buffalo, BSA. Recipient, Silver Tamaraw, BSP. Grand Master, Grand Lodge, F&AM, Philippines. Chairman, St. Luke's Medical Center. [51][52]
Manuél Luís Quezon y Molina President, Commonwealth of the Philippines. Honorary Vice President, Philippine Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America. Signed Commonwealth Act 111, creating the Boy Scouts of the Philippines organization, inaugurated January 1, 1938. [13][14][53]
Fidél Valdéz Ramos Alumnus, US Military Academy, West Point (1950). Founder, Special Forces, AFP. Chief of Staff, AFP. Recipient, Philippine Legion of Honor. President, Republic of the Philippines. Chief Scout, BSP. Honorary GCMG (1995). Member, Alpha Phi Omega Philippines. Recipient, Bronze Wolf, 1993. [23]
Hermenegildo B. Reyes Member, Organizing Committee, 10th World Scout Jamboree. Member, World Scout Committee. Recipient, Bronze Wolf, 1967.
Carlito Saquetón Romero Boy Scout, Scoutmaster, Far Eastern University Scouting Unit, Manila Council, BSP. City Fire Marshall, Quezon City. Executive Board Member, Quezon City Council, BSP. Chief Superintendent (brigadier general) and Officer-in-Charge (acting bureau chief), Bureau of Fire Protection. Rotarian.
Carlos Peña Romulo (1899-1985) Charter Member, BSP. Vice President, Rotary International. Recipient, Pulitzer Prize. Aide-de-Camp to Gen. MacArthur. Recipient, Purple Heart. Brigadier General, US Army. Signatory, United Nations Charter. President, UN General Assembly. Recipient, Silver Buffalo, Boy Scouts of America. Honorary Member of Alpha Phi Omega, inducted in Washington DC. President, University of the Philippines. Secretary of Education. Recipient, Mount Makiling Award. Major General, Philippine Army. Recipient, Philippine Legion of Honor. [13][14][15][54][55]
José Plaridél A. Silvestre Vice President, BSP. Executive, World Scout Bureau Asia-Pacific Region office, Makati, Philippines. Recipient, Bronze Wolf, 1977. [14]
Porfirio V. Sison Boy Scout, Troop 265, Philippine Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America. Founder, Pangasinan Council, BSP. Court Judge. National Executive Board Member and Vice President, BSP. Recipient, Silver Tamaraw, BSP. [56]
Samuel Wells Stagg Special Field Scout Commissioner, Boy Scouts of America. Charter Member and Deputy Commissioner, Manila Council, Boy Scouts of America. Pastor, Central Church, Manila. Co-founder, Cosmopolitan Church, Manila. Intelligence officer, US Navy. Writer, Philippines Free Press. [13][14][57][58]
Joseph Emile Hamilton Stevenot Vice President and General Manager, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. President, Philippine Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America. Founder, Boy Scouts of the Philippines;[59] Chief Scout, 1938-41. Recipient, Silver Buffalo, Boy Scouts of America. Colonel, US Army; KIA. [13][14][15][60]
Librado Inocencio Ureta (1905-1991) Director of Records, National Headquarters, BSP, Manila. Scout Executive, BSP Bacolod City Council and BSP Cebu Provincial Council. Inspired by presentation made by Sol George Levy,[61] Ureta (then taking MA in education at Far Eastern University) and a group of former Scouts founded Alpha Phi Omega in the Philippines, March 2, 1950, at Room 214, Nicanor Reyes Hall, Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Avenue, Sampaloc, Manila. [36][62]
Jorge Bartolomé Vargas Government official. Charter Member, BSP; Chief Scout, 1941-42, 1949-61. Member, World Scout Committee. Recipient, Philippine Legion of Honor. Recipient, Bronze Wolf, 1959. Recipient, Tanglaw ng Kabataan Award, 1961. [13][14][15][63]
Rogelio R. Vicencio Scouting professional, program and training proponent, historian, and Assistant Secretary General, BSP. Discovered article by the Founder Lord Baden-Powell in The Scout, issue no. 224, July 27, 1912, referring to Elwood Brown as "The Chief Scoutmaster" of the Philippines. [15]
Rogelio Seraspe Villa Civil engineer. Outdoor enthusiast. Leader Trainer. Served in various local, regional, and national positions in the BSP, including National Training Director.[64] Organised many BSP National Jamborees. Assigned as manager of construction at 20th World Scout Jamboree, Thailand, 2003. Pioneered technical climbing in the BSP. Constructed the first climbing walls at the BSP National Office (Manila) and the BSP Center (Makiling, Laguna). Created many presentations and speeches of high BSP officials at various BSP conferences and events. Instructor, BSP National Training School.
Ernest Earl Voss, Jr. (1895-1969) Professional Executive, Boy Scouts of America. Assigned by BSA Chief Scout Executive James Edward West to BSA Philippine Islands Council, 1935-1938. [13][14][57][65]
William Warmsley Aged 15, Tenderfoot Scout of Troop No. 225, Tuguegarao, Cagayan, rescued Ruth Hawkins and Ida Schermerhorn from drowning in the Cagayan River. Second member of the BSA Philippine Islands Council to receive the BSA Gold Honor Medal. [66][67]
Recipients of the BSA Gold Honor Medal 1-Teodorico Casipit. 2-William Warmsley. 3-Tome Biteng. 4-Buenaventura Espiritu. 5-Maximo Flor. 6-Julito Semine. 7-Florencio Suzara. Each also received a letter from BSA National Scout Commissioner and Chairman of the National Court of Honor Daniel Carter Beard. [67]
4th World Scout Jamboree contingent Delegation of 6 Scouts and 1 Scouter from the Philippine Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America: Antonio de León, Antonio Concepción Delgado, Pablo Delgado, José Hermán, Mariano Serrano, Vicente Kierulf, and Scoutmaster Wencesláo O. Cruz. [68]
Chief Scouts, Boy Scouts of the Philippines 1-Joseph Emile Hamilton Stevenot. 2-Jorge Bartolomé Vargas. 3-Arsenio Nicasio Luz. 4-Manuél Roxas Camus. 5-Jorge Bartolomé Vargas. 6-Gabriél A. Daza. 7-Vitaliano Bernardino. 8-Ferdinand Edralín Marcos. 9-Maria Corazón Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino. 10-Fidél Valdéz Ramos. 11-Joseph Estrada. 12-Maria Gloria Macaraég Macapagál Arroyo. 13-Benigno Simeón Cojuangco Aquino.
Charter Members, Alpha Phi Omega in the Philippines Librado Inocencio Ureta (Founder), Romeo Atienza, Alfredo de los Reyes, Lamberto Dominguez, Ralph Hawkins, Bonifacio Vitan Lazcano, Godofredo Neric, Leonardo Osorio, Guillermo Padolina, Ignacio Sevilla, Max Velasco.
Recipients, Tanglaw ng Kabataan Award 1-Jorge Bartolomé Vargas (1961). 2-Ferdinand Edralín Marcos (1977). 3-Maria Corazón Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino (1986). 4-Gabriél A. Daza (1986). 5-Fidél Valdéz Ramos (1992). 6-Antonio T. Uy (2010) [15]
11th World Scout Jamboree contingent Delegation of 20 Scouts and 4 Scouters who died when their plane crashed into the Arabian Sea, off Bombay, India, on the way to the Jamboree in Marathon, Greece. [69][70]
Scouting historians Alfonso Aluit, Ricardo R. de la Cruz, Cesar Javiér, William H. Quasha, Samuel Salter [15]
Colegio de San Juan de Letran monument of Ramon Valdes Albano, Henry Cabrera Chuatoco & Wilfredo Mendoza Santiago, 11th World Scout Jamboree, United Arab Airlines Flight 869 (1963) Boy Scouts of the Philippines perished at 1:50 a.m., 9 nautical miles from Madh Island Mumbai on July 28, 1963.
Senior Scout Pathfinder Paulo Cabrera Madriñan (Pasay Council), Paete, Laguna

Ranks, programs and ideals[edit]

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.

KAB Scouting[edit]

  • Young Usa Rank
  • Growing Usa Rank
  • Leaping Usa Rank

Boy Scouting[edit]

  • Membership
  • Tenderfoot
  • Second Class
  • First Class

Senior Scouting[edit]

  • Membership
  • Explorer
  • Pathfinder
  • Outdoorsman or Airman or Seaman
  • Venturer or Air Venturer or Sea Venturer
  • Eagle

Rover Scouting[edit]

  • Yellow Quadrant
  • Green Quadrant
  • Red Quadrant
  • Blue Quadrant


  • KID Scouting (Kabataang Iminumulat-Diwa) is for boys 3 to 4 years of age.(Pre-school except Kindergarten). They use light blue neckerchief.
  • KAB Scouting (Kabataang Alay sa Bayan) is for boys 5 to 10 years of age.(Kindergarten-Grade 3). They use yellow neckerchief.
  • Boy Scouting is for boys 10 to 12 years of age.(Grades 4-6). They use green neckerchief.

Senior Scouting is for boys and girls 13 to 17.(Grades 7-10). They use red neckerchief.

  • Rover Scouting for young men and women 17 to 24.(Grades 11-12 and Colleges)- They use Blue Neckerchief

Scout Oath and Law[edit]

The Scout Oath and Law of the BSP are the following words, respectively.[71]

Scout Oath[edit]

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[edit]

Sa ngalan ng aking dangál 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 Scout;
Tumulong sa ibáng tao sa lahát ng pagkakataón;
Pamalagiing malakás ang aking katawán, gisíng ang isipan at marangál ang asal.[72]

The Scout Law (English)[edit]

A Scout is:[73]

Clean; and

Ang Batás ng Scout (Filipino)[edit]

Ang Scout ay:


Senior Scout Code[edit]

As a Senior Scout,

I will live 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 citizen.

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 Law.

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 generation.


To be the leading provider of progressive, outdoor-based, non-formal education, committed to develop morally straight, disciplined, concerned, self-reliant citizens in the best tradition of World Scouting.


To inculcate in our Scouts love of God, country and fellowmen;
To prepare the youth for responsible leadership; and
To contribute to nation-building according to the ideals, principles and program of Scouting.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Triennal review: Census as at 1 December 2010" (PDF). World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ See Oldest Scout Groups.
  3. ^ Birth of the BSP, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, retrieved July 5, 2008 
  4. ^ Boy Scouts of America, Inc. (August 1970). Boys' Life. Boy Scouts of America, Inc. p. 36. ISSN 0006-8608. 
    Boy Scouts of America, Inc. (August 1915). Boys' Life. Boy Scouts of America, Inc. p. 21. ISSN 0006-8608. 
  5. ^ Boy Scouts of America, Inc. (July 1911). Boys' Life. Boy Scouts of America, Inc. p. 33. ISSN 0006-8608. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Zeininger was the editor of the Manila Daily Bulletin from 1918 to 1926. Cf Taylor, Carson, History of the Philippine Press.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Other places got bombarded indiscriminately. Hundreds reportedly died in the town of Dulag, Leyte.
  10. ^ American Legion Magazine, Mar 1945.
  11. ^ a b c d Saunders, Hilary Adan St George, The Left Handshake, London: Collins, 1949.[1]
  12. ^ Philippine Scouting Magazine, May-Jun 1953, Manila: Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Scouting for Filipino Boys, volume 1, Manila: Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Boy Scout Book, volume 1, Manila: Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 1972.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 1996, Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, Manila: Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 1996, ISBN 971-91769-0-3.
  16. ^ Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 2001, On My Honor: stories of Scouts in action, Manila: Boy Scouts of the Philippines, OCLC 843437665, pp 104-105.
  17. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 149.
  18. ^ a b On My Honor, p 15.
  19. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 186.
  20. ^ On My Honor, pp 124-125.
  21. ^ "July 20, 1950. Dear Miss Vivian Parlade, I saw this letter on the road. I picked it up and found that it must have been dropped and lost unknowingly by the owner. Since your address is on the envelop, I am respectfully returning it with the money, fifty dollars, untouched. I am a Boy Scout and I feel good that I am doing this. I am not after any reward nor compensation. That is why I am not giving you my name nor my address, only my initials. I hope you are happy."
  22. ^ On My Honor, p v.
  23. ^ a b List of Alpha Phi Omega members
  24. ^ [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]
  25. ^ On My Honor, p 140.
  26. ^ "Boy Scouts Work with the Firemen Just Like Heroes", The Miami Metropolis, September 20, 1911, page 3
  27. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 150.
  28. ^ On My Honor, pp 4-5.
  29. ^ On My Honor, pp 129-130.
  30. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 47.
  31. ^ On My Honor, p 109-110.
  32. ^ On My Honor, p 130-132.
  33. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 151.
  34. ^ On My Honor, pp 2-3.
  35. ^ On My Honor, p 12.
  36. ^ a b c d e f History of Alpha Phi Omega Philippines
  37. ^ photo in Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 92.
  38. ^ On My Honor, p 19.
  39. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, pp 54-55.
  40. ^ On My Honor, pp 96-102.
  41. ^ On My Honor, pp 132-133.
  42. ^ On My Honor, pp 133-134.
  43. ^ The Jose Rizal Scout became the Scout Citizen Award.
  44. ^ photo in Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 93.
  45. ^ On My Honor, pp 7-8.
  46. ^ Scouting, Boy Scouts of America, Sep 1992.
  47. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, pp 188-189.
  48. ^ Igmidio Arcilla, Marvin José Rolando Guevarra, Vicente Jimenez, Guillermo Lagula, Eusebio Lumantao, Conrado Polintan, Felino Rabano.
  49. ^ He declined the executive position of the Far East Council, Boy Scouts of America.
  50. ^ On My Honor, p 77.
  51. ^ Starweek, October 8, 1995.
  52. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, pp 191-192.
  53. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 48.
  54. ^ On My Honor, pp 134-136.
  55. ^ Carlos P. Romulo
  56. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 187.
  57. ^ a b Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 44.
  58. ^ Webb, Mary, Not My Will: a Christian martyr in the Philippines, Philippines: Anvil Publishing, 1997, ISBN 971-27-0560-9.
  59. ^ Made draft of legislative bill and lobbied at National Assembly.
  60. ^ On My Honor, p 129.
  61. ^ (1891-1976) BSA leader, businessman, APO member
  62. ^ Librado Inocencio Ureta
  63. ^ On My Honor, pp 136-137.
  64. ^ the position traditionally known as the Deputy Gilwell Camp Chief.
  65. ^ research by BSA historian David C. Scott
  66. ^ Annual Report of the Boy Scouts of America, 1931, p 61.
  67. ^ a b "Roster of Heroes" in On My Honor, Manila: BSP, 2001, p 150.
  68. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, pp 45-46
  69. ^ Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, pp 54-56
  70. ^ On My Honor, p 96-102.
  71. ^ Scout Oath and Law, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, retrieved July 5, 2008  (spelling correction applied)
  72. ^ The Scout Oath, Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
  73. ^ This is exactly identical with the Scout Law of the Boy Scouts of America.

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