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HISTORY OF SCOUTING IN THE PHILIPPINES

y Scouting in the Philippines is among the oldest in the world, with an all-Filipino Boy Scout troop organized in Mindanao as early as 1914. This is early if one recognizes that Scouting started in England, with Lord BadenPowell behind it, in 1908 and was introduced in the United States only in 1910. The first Boy Scout troop in the Philippines was composed entirely of Filipino Muslims boys. The troop was organized by Lt. Sherman L. Kiser of the Philippine Scouts, U.S. Army, at an army barracks in Zamboanga. It was named the Lorillard Spencer Troop, in honor of the son of Mrs. Caroline Spencer, whose idea and support made the formation of the troop possible. On January 1923, the Boy Scouts of America, Philippine Council was formally organized through the initiative of the Manila Rotary Club. The program of the Boy Scouts of America was utilized in the Philippines. Realizing that Scouting had come to stay in the Philippines, Assemblyman Tomas Confesor of Iloilo sponsored the bill in the National Assembly incorporating the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, with Col. J.E.H. Stevenot, Judge Manuel Camus, Gen Vicente Lim, Arsenio N. Luz, Carlos P. Romulo, Jorge B. Vargas and Gabriel Daza as incorporators and Charter members. This was signed into Law as Commonwealth Act No. 111 on October 31, 1936 by President Manuel L. Quezon. Operations of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines was temporarily disrupted during the Japanese occupation (19421945) and resumed on February 24, 1945 when the National Council of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines was established. On October 1, 1946, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines was recognized as a member of the World Scout Movement by the World Scout Conference as an independent national scout association. In 1959, in recognition of its leadership in Scouting in Asia, the 10thWorld Jamboree was held in Mt. Makiling, Laguna. It was the first time a World Jamboree was held outside of Europe. The date also marked establishment of the National Scout Training Center in Makiling. In 1961, the BSP National Executive Board approved and adopted a Revitalized Scouting Program. This officially launched on June 19, 1961, the first successful attempt at Filipinization of the Scout Program. In 1972, the Boy Scout of the Philippines membership surpassed the million mark, ranking it as the largest Scout Organization in Asia and largest in the World. At present the Boy Scouts of the Philippines with its membership of 2.5 million Scouts ranks second in the AsiaPacific Region, and is thord to the Boy Scouts of America in World membership is 28 million with 75% of the membership coming from the Asia-Pacific Region. To effect changes in its organization charter, Presidential Decree 460 was issued by them President Ferdinand E. Marcos on May 17, 1974, amending certain provisions of Commonwealth Act No. 111 and mandating a restructuring of the Boy Scout of the Philippines.

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As part of the continuing effort to make Scouting relevant to the needs of the Filipino youth and nation, the BSP National executive Board approved a Scheme for Program Formation and a Revised Commissioner Setup on May 28, 1986. The program of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines with its four sections would follow the New Directions Program (KAB Scouting) for 1975. Revitalized Boy Scouting Program (Young Scout) for 1961, and the Service Scouting Section (Senior Scout) of 1975. This became effective until December, 1991, following the finalization of the New Horizons Program by mid-year of 1991. The Rover Scouting Program has also been readapted with certain modifications following the revitalized Rover Scouting program on April 23, 1962. A fifth Scout Section, KID scouting was formally approved by the National Executive Board on February 26, 1990. The rest is more colorful history. y 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. Scouting history of the Philippines can be traced back to the American occupation of the islands. The first documented formation of a Scout troop in the islands was that of the Lorillard Spencer troop of Zamboanga formed in 1914 by a U.S. 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 Muslim boys. Upon learning of the formation of a new troop, Mrs. Spencer sent monetary support to purchase uniform and construct a headquarters.

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