Boy Scouts of the Philippines

The Boy Scouts of the Philippines, BSP, is the national Scout association of the Philippines in the World Organization of the Scout Movement. It was "granted Recognition as a Member Organisation of the Boy Scouts International Conference...with effect from October 31, 1936" by virtue of certification signed by J. S. Wilson, Olave Baden-Powell, and Daniel Spry.

Boy Scouts of the Philippines
LocationNationwide, with the National Office in Manila
FoundedOctober 31, 1936
Chief ScoutRodrigo Duterte
National PresidentRoberto M. Pagdanganan
Secretary GeneralRogelio S. Villa
AffiliationWorld Organization of the Scout Movement, Asia-Pacific Scout Region (World Organization of the Scout Movement), ASEAN Scouts Association for Regional Cooperation Asia-Pacific Scout Region]]

For most of the late 20th century and into the 21st century, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines was among the largest Scout organizations in the world in terms of membership count (usually behind the Boy Scouts of America and the co-ed Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia), largely due to the organization's dependence on the Department of Education.

Program sections

  • KID Scouting (Kabataang Iminumulat Diwa) is for boys 4 to 6 years old (in pre-school). They wear a light blue neckerchief.
  • KAB Scouting (Kabataan Alay sa Bayan) is for boys 6 to 9 years old (grades 1 through 3). They wear a yellow neckerchief.
  • Boy Scouting is for boys 9 to 12 years old (grades 4 through 6). They wear a green neckerchief.
  • Senior Scouting is for boys 13 to 19 years old (grades 7 through 12). They wear a red neckerchief.
  • Rover Scouting is for young men 18 to 26 years old (grades 11-12 and college level). Rovers aged 24 and above are called Rover Peers. They wear a navy blue neckerchief.

KAB Scout advancement program

  • Young Usa
  • Growing Usa
  • Leaping Usa

Boy Scout advancement program

  • Membership Badge
  • Tenderfoot Scout
  • Second Class Scout
  • First Class Scout

Senior Scout advancement program

  • Membership Badge
  • Explorer
  • Pathfinder
  • Outdoorsman / Airman / Seaman
  • Venturer / Air Venturer / Sea Venturer
  • Eagle Scout

Rover advancement program

  • Yellow Quadrant
  • Green Quadrant
  • Red Quadrant
  • Blue Quadrant
  • Chief Scout's Nation Builder

All ranks wear the organizational badge, with elements from the Flag of the Philippines (the national flag forms the basis of the trefoil colors) and the green neckerchief below the trefoil, in their uniforms..

Scout ideals



To help the youth develop values and acquire competencies to become responsible citizens and capable leaders anchored on the Scout Oath and Law.

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.

Panunumpa ng Scout

Sa ngalan ng aking dangal ay gagawin ko ang buong makakaya

Upang tumupad sa aking tungkulin sa Diyos at sa aking Bayan, ang Republika ng Pilipinas, at sumunod sa Batas ng Scout;
Tumulong sa ibang tao sa lahat ng pagkakataon;
Mapanatiling malakas ang aking katawan, gising ang isipan at marangal ang asal.

Scout Law / Batás ng Scout

A Scout is Ang Scout ay

Senior Scout Code

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 of my home, school, church, neighborhood, community, and country.
I will deal fairly and kindly with my fellowman in the spirit of the Scout Law.
I will work to preserve our Filipino heritage,
aware that the privileges I enjoy
was won by hard work, sacrifice, clear thinking, and the faith of our forefathers.
I will do everything in my power to pass a better Philippines to the next generation.[1]


We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society, and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity, the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.

Laws and rulings

For most of its existence, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines was a private organization. However, this status has been officially and legally reversed with finality by Philippine Supreme Court decisions in 1991 ("government-controlled corporation"), 2011 ("public corporation or a government instrumentality"), and 2012.[2]

# Title Description Date Authority
Commonwealth Act 111An Act to Create a Public Corporation to be Known as the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, and to Define its Powers and PurposesCharter of the BSP organization31 October 1936Pres. Manuel Quezon
Presidential Decree 460Amending Certain Provisions of Commonwealth Act No. 111, Otherwise Known as the National Charter of the Boy Scouts of the Philippinesmandating the President of the Philippines as the Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines17 May 1974Pres. Ferdinand Marcos
G.R. No. 80767Boy Scouts of the Philippines v. National Labor Relations Commissiondeclaring the BSP a Government Owned or Controlled Corporation and a government instrumentality22 April 1991Supreme Court
Executive Order No. 509, s. 1992Amending Executive Order No. 495, Series of 1991, by Excluding From the Coverage Thereof the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and for Other Purposesrevoking conversion of the BSP into a private corporation4 March 1992Pres. Corazon Aquino
Republic Act 7278An Act Amending Commonwealth Act No. 111, as Amended by Presidential Decree No. 460, Entitled "An Act To Create a Public Corporation To Be Known as the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, and To Define Its Powers and Purposes," by Strengthening the Volunteer and Democratic Character of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and for Other Purposesreorganizing the BSP24 March 1992Pres. Corazon Aquino
Resolution No. 99-011Defining the Commission's policy with respect to the audit of the Boy Scouts of the Philippinessubjecting the BSP organization to government audit by the COA17 August 1999Commission on Audit
G.R. No. 177131Boy Scouts of the Philippines versus Commission on AuditRuling "After looking at the legislative history of its amended charter and carefully studying the applicable laws and the arguments of both parties, we find that the BSP is a public corporation and its funds are subject to the COAs audit jurisdiction."7 June 2011Supreme Court en banc
Memorandum Order No. 2013-42Classifying the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and the Girls Scouts of the Philippines as Sui Generis GOCCs5 November 2016Office of the President, Governance Commission for Government Owned or Controlled Corporations

History of Scouting

Just 3 years after the birth of the Scout Movement and just 2 years after the Boy Scouts of America was founded the first Philippine troops were organised by Elwood Stanley Brown, Physical Director of the Manila YMCA, in 1910. In 1912, Elwood Stanley Brown recognised by Baden-Powell as "Chief Scoutmaster." In 1913, troops were organised by Mark Thompson, Antonio Torres, Domingo Ponce, and Francisco Varona. In 1914, the Lorillard Spencer Troop organised in November in Zamboanga City by Sherman L. Kiser, the first troop in the southern island of Mindanao.

In 1921, Scouting started at Silliman Institute under the auspices of its church. They applied for registration to BSA National Headquarters, New York, in 1922, and received their document in January 1923 (some eight or nine months before the creation of the BSA Philippine Islands Council No. 545). On April 19, 1922, a certain Mr. Ong of Calivo, Capiz (now Kalibo, Aklan) organized the Boy Scouts of Calivo which the Governor General of the Philippines Leonard Wood at that time acknowledged in his letter dated January 2, 1923.[3] In 1923, the Rotary Club established the Boy Scouts of America Philippine Islands Council No. 545 in October as a territorial council covering troops organized nationwide (at first the council was only to cover organized Scouting in the Manila area and environs). In 1931, experimentation was conducted in Sea Scouting and Cub Scouting. In 1933, the Philippines made first participation in an international Scout event, with the BSA Philippine Islands Council delegation embedded in the BSA contingent to the 4th World Scout Jamboree in Budapest, Hungary. In 1934, Rover Scouting was introduced.

The BSA Shanghai District was placed under the supervision of the BSA Philippine Islands Council No. 545.


In 1936, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines was officially established by a legislative act. The founding BSP President and Chief Scout was Josephus Stevenot. In 1937, the BSA Philippine Islands Council No. 545, meeting in October, decided on the handover of its properties and responsibilities to the nascent BSP.

In 1938, the BSP was inaugurated by Pres. Manuel Quezon on January 1, and started functioning. Exequiél Villacorta was appointed the first "Chief Scout Executive" of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, in imitation of the BSA office of Chief Scout Executive. The young BSP was caught in the crossfires of the Second World War and scouting activities, which were either abolished or absorbed into the paramilitary styled activities of the current Scout Association of Japan during the Japanese-sponsored Second Republic, only resumed in most of the country by late 1945.

Independence era

In 1947, one year after the restoration of independence, the BSP made its first participation in an international event, with the BSP contingent to the 6th World Scout Jamboree in Moisson, France as a full member organization of the World Organization of the Scout Movement's Asia-Pacific Region (established 1956). In 1953, the first Wood Badge course was conducted at BSP Camp Gre-Zar in Novaliches, Quezon City.

In 1954, the first BSP National Scout Jamboree was held at Rolling Hills, Balarâ, Quezon City. Dr. Mariano Villarama de los Santos served on the World Scout Committee from 1957 until 1959 as its first Filipino member. In 1959, the 10th World Scout Jamboree was held at the National Scout Reservation, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, at the foot of Mount Makiling, in the province of Laguna. This was the first World Scout Jamboree outside Europe and Canada.

In 1960, the BSP began to indignize its Scouting programs. That year the Cub Scout program was revised to replace American symbols (e.g. Bobcat, Bear Cub, Wolf Cub, Lion Cub) with Philippine motifs (e.g. Kawan, Mother Usa, Chief Usa, Young Usa, Lauan, Molave, Narra, Leaping Usa). A year later, the Boy Scout program was revised to replace American symbols (e.g. Eagle) with Philippine motifs (e.g. Maginoo, Jose Rizal).

In 1963, 24 members of the BSP delegation to the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Marathon, Greece, died in a plane crash in the sea off the coast of Mumbai, India. Streets in the South Triangle District of Quezon City were later named in their memory. In 1968, Boy Scouts, Rovers, and Scouters joined in the search-and-rescue operations for victims of the Ruby Tower collapse in August. For the services rendered by the Scouts, the BSP organization was awarded by President Ferdinand Marcos with a Presidential Gold Medal the following year.

In 1970, Senior Scouting was officially launched as part of the BSP program. It has three sections: Air (grey uniform), Land (dark green), and Sea (white). In 1971, Ambassador Antonio C. Delgado was elected Chairman of the World Scout Conference, becoming the first Filipino to hold this position. In 1972, BSP membership hit the one-million mark nationwide.

In 1973, the Golden Jubilee Jamboree and first Asia-Pacific Jamboree was held at the National Scout Reservation, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna. The jamboree song, "Kapatirang Paglilingkod," reflected the Bagong Lipunan regime of President Marcos. In 1974–75, the Cub Scout name was Philippinised: the Pilipino alphabet at that time did not include the letter C, so "Cub" was replaced with "Kab." However, since "kab" was not actually a Pilipino word, it was contrived as an acronym for "Kabataan Alay sa Bayan" and written in all caps. In 1975–86, in compliance with the orders of Pres. Marcos, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines was renamed "Kapatirang Scout ng Pilipinas" (literally meaning Scout Brotherhood of the Philippines). The Scout age groups were reduced from four to two. The Scout Oath and Scout Law were revised and a new Scout badge was devised. President Ferdinand Marcos took the title of Chief Scout, the first Philippine head of state to hold the title.

Modern day scouting

In 1986, the Golden Jubilee of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (1936–86) was marked. In the aftermath of the People Power Revolution, the name Kapatirang Scout ng Pilipinas was abandoned and the organization reverted to its original name "Boy Scouts of the Philippines", under its first lady Chief Scout, then President Corazon Aquino. In 1990–91, a program was created for pre-school boys and named KID Scouting. Since "kid" is English and not Filipino, it was contrived as an acronym for "Kabataang Iminumulat Diwa" and written in all caps. In 1991, the 12th Asia-Pacific Jamboree was held in Philippine Scouting Center, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna. In 1992, the old BSP badge was reinstated.

In 1993, the Philippines hosted the first ASEAN Scout Jamboree. In 1997, the 2nd World Scout Parliamentary Union held in Manila. In 1999, the first Venture Scout Jamboree was held on Ilian Hills, Iriga City, Camarines Sur, Bicol. In 2007, the BSP observed the world centennial of the Scout Movement. In 2009–10, the BSP hosted the 26th Asia-Pacific Jamboree, 28 December 2009 – 3 January 2010. This was the third APR Jamboree in the Philippines. In 2011, BSP celebrated 75 years of Philippine Scouting. In 2013, the National Peace Jamboree held on Mount Makiling in Laguna, in Capitol Hills Scout Camp in Cebu, and the BSP's Camp Malagos in Davao.

2014 marked the Centennial (1914–2014) anniversary of the defunct Lorillard Spencer Troop, the first official troop in the islands. A "Centennial Jamboree" was held in three venues: Marikina City (Luzon), Cebu City (Visayas), and Zamboanga City (Mindanao)..

Noted Personalities

Name Notability References
Valeriano Ibañez Abello (d 2000)During US Navy assault 17-20 Oct 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.[4] 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," 18 Oct, in Leyte.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]
Oscar AlcarázSenior 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, 30 Aug 1970. Name source of Oscar Alcaraz Street, La Loma, Quezon City.[12][13]
Hans ArberImmigrant from Switzerland, 1937. Founded Troop 80, Manila Council, Feb 1949. Executive Board Member, Manila Council, BSP.[14][15]
Wendel Avisadois a Filipino politician who serves as National President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines from 2016, as well as an elected volunteer member of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) from 2012 to 2018.[16]
Cezar I. BatiloCorps Commander, ROTC Unit, Mapua Institute of Technology. Officer, Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea. Colonel, Philippine Army. Secretary General, BSP, 1985-89.
Irving BerlinAmerican 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 US, 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 BernardinoChief Scout, BSP, 1968-74.[10]
B.H.Unknown Scout who performed an impressive act of honesty. 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."[17]
Jejomár Cabauatan BinayPolitician. Former Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines. Former Mayor, Makati City. Former National President of the BSP. Former Chairman, Asia-Pacific Region, World Organization of the Scout Movement. Member, Alpha Phi Omega (Philippines) (List of Alpha Phi Omega members) Established Balik Scouting Program (BSP) in attempt to interest APO Philippines members in Scouting.
Elwood Stanley BrownPhysical Education Director, YMCA, Manila. Founded basketball, volleyball, and Boy Scouting in the Philippines in 1910. First Scoutmaster of the Philippines. Wrote letter[18] 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.[19]
Sahjid S. BuligBoy 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, 2 Jul 1993. Conferred Medal of Honor, 31 Oct 1993.[20][21]
Manuél Roxas CamusLawyer. 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.[8][9][10][22]
Isidro D. CariñoCivil 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. CianfroccoBoy 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.[8][9][23]
Rodrigo B. CorpuzScoutmaster & 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, 20 Apr 1984.[24]
Gabriél A. DazaCharter Member, BSP; Chief Scout, 1961-68. Recipient, Bronze Wolf, 1965. Recipient, Mount Makiling Award, 1977. Recipient, Tanglaw ng Kabataan Award, 1986.[8][9][10][25]
Antonio Concepción DelgadoBoy 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).[10]
Maximino J. Edralin Jr.He is the TOBS Committee Chairperson and National Public Relations Commissioner. He was the National President of BSP. He was the Chairman of the Public Relations Sub-Committee for Asia-Pacific Region of the World Scout Bureau.
Carlos C. EscuderoFormer Secretary General of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines
Aris Canoy EspinosaBoy 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, 30 Jan 1994.[26][27]
Jorge FajardoScout, 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.[6][28]
J. Roilo S. GolezAlumnus, US Naval Academy, Annapolis. Captain, Philippine Navy. National President, BSP, 1985-86. Served at various government posts.
Irving S. HartHumanitarian. Founded Philippine Band of Mercy, 1937. Founded leper Boy Scout troop.
Ralph G. HawkinsCharter Member, Alpha Phi Omega (Philippines). Member, Organizing Committee, 10th World Scout Jamboree. National Director, BSP, 1960-61.[10][29]
Oscar JosonKilled while directing road traffic in the midst of Japanese air assault on the USAFFE at Bataán.[6][30]
Cesar C. JaviérBoy Scout, Troop 61, Holy Ghost Church, Philippine Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America. Scoutmaster, served for several decades at Holy Ghost Church, Manila Council, BSP.[10]
Bonifacio Vitan LazcanoPhysician. 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.[29][31][32]
Vicente Podico LimAlumnus, 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.[8][9][10][33]
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.[8][9][10][34]
Ferdinand Edralín MarcosPolitician. President of the Republic of the Philippines, 1965-86. Imposed martial law 1972-81. Received Philippine Legion of Honor during his administration. Issued Presidential Decree 460 restructuring the BSP: Marcos became the Chief Scout, 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[35] 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 GepigonShot and killed by invading Japanese while manning a first aid station, Jolo Central School, Sulu, 25 Dec 1941. Honored in the name of McCormick-Gepigon Sulu Council, BSP.[13]
Exequiél Villanueva MontillaBoy Scout, Troop 3, YMCA, Manila. Killed while helping a mother and her children to safety during Japanese bombing of US Asiatic Fleet HQ, Cavite, 8 Dec 1941.[6][36][37]
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 US and became a store employee at the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.[29][38][39]
Agustín OlmedoScoutmaster, Troops 171 and 172, Far Eastern University Scouting Unit, Manila Council, BSP. With his Scouts[40] 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.[41][9][42]
Leonardo R. OsorioOfficial, BSP. Charter Member, Alpha Phi Omega (Philippines).[29]
Guillermo R. PadolinaChief 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, 26 July. Charter Member and the first 3rd Vice President, Alpha Phi Omega (Philippines).[9][10][29]
Roberto PagdangananPolitician and one of the most outstanding public servant. He is currently the Senior Vice President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. He was the BSP national president for two terms, 1996–1998. He was the chairman of the Centennial Celebration Committee. He has received numerous awards and recognitions. These include Most Outstanding Alumnus awards from all the schools he attended, and the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Tanglaw ng Kabataan from the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. He also received the Philippine Legion of Honor award from President Corazon Aquino for his role in fighting coup attempts during her term .
William Howard QuashaEagle 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.[43][44]
Manuél Luís Quezon y MolinaPresident, 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 1 Jan 1938.[8][9][45]
Fidél Valdéz RamosAlumnus, 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.
Hermenegildo B. ReyesMember, Organizing Committee, 10th World Scout Jamboree. Member, World Scout Committee. Recipient, Bronze Wolf, 1967.
Francisco S. "Frankie" RomanMember Emeritus of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. He served as National President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines from 1986 to 1989, and later became its International Commissioner. He became the second Filipino Chairman of the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1996. During his term, the Committee established the sixth Scouting region in the world - Eurasia. He also served as Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee from 1989 to 1992. Roman was conferred the Bronze Wolf Award at the end of his term in 1992, the APR Award for Distinguished Service in 1995, the BSP National President Award in 1996, and the Tanglaw ng Kabataan Award in 1998.
Carlito Saquetón RomeroBoy 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.[8][9][10][46][47]
José Plaridél A. SilvestreVice President, BSP. Executive, World Scout Bureau Asia-Pacific Region office, Makati, Philippines. Recipient, Bronze Wolf, 1977.[9]
Porfirio V. SisonBoy 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.[48]
Samuel Wells StaggSpecial 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.[8][9][49][50]
Joseph Emile Hamilton StevenotVice President and General Manager, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. President, Philippine Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America. Founder, Boy Scouts of the Philippines;[51] Chief Scout, 1938-41. Recipient, Silver Buffalo, Boy Scouts of America. Colonel, US Army; KIA.[8][9][10][52]
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,[53] Ureta (then taking MA in education at Far Eastern University) and a group of former Scouts founded Alpha Phi Omega in the Philippines, 2 Mar 1950, at Room 214, Nicanor Reyes Hall, Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Avenue, Sampaloc, Manila.[29][54]
Antonio T. Uyjoined Boy Scouting (1953), attended BSP 1954 National Jamboree in Quezon City and all other National Jamborees up to the 10th National Jamboree in Surigao City. Most Outstanding Senior Patrol Leader (1955), Eagle Scout (1956), invited to Malacañang Palace as a guest of President Ramon Magsaysay (1956). He founded and organized the Emergency Service Corps in 1959. In 1967, he was one of the nine recipients of the Scout Ideals Award as Outstanding Boy Scouts of the Philippines. Attended the 10th (1959), 13th (1971), 14th (1975), 17th (1991) and the 21st (2007) World Scout Jamborees. A Leader Trainer attended Scout Wood Badge in Zamboanga City and other Adult Training Courses in the Philippines and abroad such as the 1st National Leader Trainers Course held in Yangmingshan, Taiwan. A participant in the BSA International Camp Staff Program , he was the former BSP Chief National Commissioner and National Executive Board member. Course Leader in many adult trainings here and abroad. In 2000, he made a program for the Boy Scouts of the Philippines called 'Scout Mountaineers'. Conferred the following Scouting Awards: Bronze Medal of Honor in 1964, Gold Medal of Merit in 1972, Gold USA Medal in 1982, the Gold Tamaraw Medal in 1998, Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, the Tanglaw ng Kabataan in 2010 and the Centennial Celebration Award in 2014. He is also active in other organizations such as Rotary International, Freemasonry, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary and more.
Jorge Bartolomé VargasGovernment 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.[8][9][10][55]
Rogelio R. VicencioScouting 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.[10]
Rogelio Seraspe VillaCivil engineer. Outdoor enthusiast. Leader Trainer. Served in various local, regional, and national positions in the BSP, including national training director. The position traditionally known as the Deputy Gilwell Camp Chief. Organized 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.[8][9][49][56]
William WarmsleyAged 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.[57][58]
Recipients of the BSA Gold Medal of Honor1-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.[58]
4th World Scout Jamboree contingentDelegation 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.[59]
Chief Scouts, Boy Scouts of the Philippines1-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. 14-Rodrigo Roa Duterte[60]
Charter Members, Alpha Phi Omega in the PhilippinesLibrado 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 Award1-Jorge Bartolomé Vargas (1961). 2-Ferdinand Edralín Marcos (1977). 3-Maria Corazón Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino (1986). 4-Gabriél A. Daza (1986). 5-Manuel R. Camus(1986). 6-Vicente Podido Lim (1986). 7- Arsenio Nicasio Luz (1986). 8-Carlos Peña Romulo (1986). 9-Josephus Emile Hamilton Stevenot (1986). 10-Fidél Valdéz Ramos (1992). 11-Francisco S. "Frankie" Roman (1999). 12-Pedro O. Savicente (1999). 13-Ben Cordero Lim (2000). 14- Manuel A. Camara (2001). 15- Isidro D. Cariño (2001). 16- Cesar A. Santos (2003). 17- Antonio T. Uy (2010). 18-Jejomár Cabauatan Binay (2014). 19-Roberto Pagdanganan (2016).
11th World Scout Jamboree contingentDelegation 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.[61][62]
Scouting historiansAlfonso Aluit, R. R. de la Cruz, Rodolfo Gutierrez, Cesar Javiér, William H. Quasha, Rogelio Vicencio[10]


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  2. "The BSP is a government controlled corporation by virtue of the Supreme Court decision dated June 7, 2011. The decision became final and executory on March 14, 2012 when the Supreme Court denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by the BSP." – Commission on Audit, Boy Scouts of the Philippines Annual Audit Report for CY 2012.
  4. Other places got bombarded indiscriminately. Hundreds reportedly died in the town of Dulag, Leyte.
  5. American Legion Magazine, Mar 1945.
  6. Saunders, Hilary Adan St George, The Left Handshake, London: Collins, 1949.
  7. Philippine Scouting Magazine, May-Jun 1953, Manila: Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
  8. Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Scouting for Filipino Boys, volume 1, Manila: Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
  9. Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Boy Scout Book, volume 1, Manila: Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 1972.
  10. Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 1996, Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, Manila: Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 1996, ISBN 971-91769-0-3.
  11. Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 2001, On My Honor: stories of Scouts in action, Manila: Boy Scouts of the Philippines, ISBN 971-8578-0-4, pp 104-105.
  12. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 149.
  13. On My Honor, p 15.
  14. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 186.
  15. On My Honor, pp 124-125.
  17. On My Honor, p v.
  18. On My Honor, p 140.
  19. "Boy Scouts Work with the Firemen Just Like Heroes", The Miami Metropolis, September 20, 1911, page 3
  20. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 150.
  21. On My Honor, pp 4-5.
  22. On My Honor, pp 129-130.
  23. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 47.
  24. On My Honor, p 109-110.
  25. On My Honor, p 130-132.
  26. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 151.
  27. On My Honor, pp 2-3.
  28. On My Honor, p 12.
  29. History of Alpha Phi Omega Philippines
  30. On My Honor, p 19.
  31. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, pp 54-55.
  32. On My Honor, pp 96-102.
  33. On My Honor, pp 132-133.
  34. On My Honor, pp 133-134.
  35. The Jose Rizal Scout became the Scout Citizen Award.
  36. photo in Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 93.
  37. On My Honor, pp 7-8.
  38. Scouting, Boy Scouts of America, Sep 1992.
  39. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, pp 188-189.
  40. Igmidio Arcilla, Marvin José Rolando Guevarra, Vicente Jimenez, Guillermo Lagula, Eusebio Lumantao, Conrado Polintan, Felino Rabano.
  41. He declined the executive position of the Far East Council, Boy Scouts of America.
  42. On My Honor, p 77.
  43. Starweek, 8 Oct 1995.
  44. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, pp 191-192.
  45. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 48.
  46. On My Honor, pp 134-136.
  47. "Carlos P. Romulo". Archived from the original on September 2, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  48. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 187.
  49. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 44.
  50. Webb, Mary, Not My Will: a Christian martyr in the Philippines, Philippines: Anvil Publishing, 1997, ISBN 971-27-0560-9.
  51. Made draft of legislative bill and lobbied at National Assembly.
  52. On My Honor, p 129.
  53. (1891-1976) BSA leader, businessman, APO member
  54. Librado Inocencio Ureta
  55. On My Honor, pp 136-137.
  56. research by BSA historian David C. Scott
  57. Annual Report of the Boy Scouts of America, 1931, p 61.
  58. "Roster of Heroes" in On My Honor, Manila: BSP, 2001, p 150.
  59. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, pp 45-46
  60. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, p 74.
  61. Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, pp 54-56
  62. On My Honor, p 96-102.
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