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Scouting was first introduced in the Philippines by the United States, around 1914, 4 years after the Boy Scouts of America was founded.

The first all Filipino Scout Troop was organized in Zamboanga by a young lieutenant by the name of Sherman l. Kiser through the sponsorship of Mrs. Caroline S.Spencer, an American who was in the Philippines doing Charity work. The troop was composed of 26 Muslim boys.

In 1923, the Philippine Council-BSA was formed through the efforts of the Rotary Club of Manila mainly to launch Scouting as a nationwide movement and to provide guidance to the troops which had been independently organized throughout the country. 1923 is the official founding of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

In October 1936, president Manuel L.Quezon issued an act which made the Boy Scout movement a public corporation, "…to promote through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train themselves in Scout craft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues, using the methods which are in common use by Boy Scouts."

The Boy Scouts of the Philippines became a member of the World Bureau (WOSM), in 1946.

There are 2,888,265 registered members in the Boy Scouts of the Philippines as of January 1998.

Program Sections:

 Kab Scouts / Cubs- ages 8 to 11

 Young Scouts- ages 11 to 14

 Senior Scouts- ages 14 to 17.5

Scout Motto:

Kabs- Learn to earn

Young Scouts- Earn to live

Senior Scouts- Live to serve

Scout Oath:

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.

 Scout Law:

 A Scout is trustworthy

 A Scout is loyal

 A Scout is helpful

 A Scout is friendly

 A Scout is courteous

 A Scout is kind

 A Scout is obedient

 A Scout is cheerful

 A Scout is brave

 A Scout is clean

 A Scout is reverend

This information was obtained from the Boy Scouts of the Philippines web page and WOSM news briefs.

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Last updated on June 17, 1998