The war ended with the formal Japanese surrender ceremony aboard
the USS Missouri on August 15, 1945, but the Boy Scouts of the Philippines
cam back to the surface long before that. On February 24, 1945,
the BSP headquarters resumed operations officially and began the
painful task of rehabilitation. The BSP's biggest loss was the burning
of its records during the battle for the liberation of Manila.
The Boy Scouts of the Philippines couldn't have done its successful
rehabilitation without the material help and support from the Boy
Scouts of America and the U.S. Armed Forces. Scout leaders everywhere
hewed at the reconstruction job with heroic vigor and perseverance.
On October 1, 1946, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines was admitted
as a member of the Internation Scout Conference, now called the
World Organization of the Scout Movement. The membership grew by
leaps and bounds, from a modest beginning of 8,128 in 1945, to 54,734
in 1946, to 139,681 in 1947, and to 175,057 in 1948.
In 1947, while still recovering from the ravages of the war, the
BSP sent a delegation of 28 Scouts and 6 Scouters to the 6th World
Jamboree in Moisson, France. This was the first World Jamboree after
the war and the first the that the BSP was represented as an independent
In 1951, at the 13th International Scout Conference in Australia.
BSP founder and then president Jorge Vargas became the first Filipino
to be elected member of the International Committee.
Philippine attendance in international Jamborees became consistent,
which marked the improvement on family incomes among Filipinos.
It was - and still is - expensive to attend international Jamborees.
Also the first Wood Badge course was held at Camp Gre-Zar in Quezon
City in 1953.
National Jamboree BSP
The BSP also started holding its own National Jamboree with the
first one held in Balara, Quezon City on April 23-30, 1954. A total
of 5,111 boys attended with 187 of them coming from 11 foreign countries.
The Isabela Council contingent made history by hiking to the Jamboree
site, a distance of 400 kilometers which the boys covered in 15
10th World Jamboree
1957, at the 16th International Conference held in England, the
Philippines was designated the site of the 10th World Jamboree
scheduled to be held in 1959. This was the highest honor bestowed
by World Scouting to the Philippines. The country was to be known
as the site of the first World Jamboree in Asia and the second
one outside of Europe.
The BSP prepared well for the task. The Jamboree attracted a total
of 11,856 participants with 2,493 coming from 50 foreign countries.
It was held at the National Scout Reservation at Mt. Makiling in
Los Baños, Laguna on July 17-26, 1959. Daily visitors averaged
50,000 on each of the two Sundays of the Jamboree.
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