Restructuring and Revitalization
During the years following the people-backed military coup that
ousted President Marcos and installed President Corazon C. Aquino
in 1986, the BSP focused on the shaky financial disposition of the
In 1989 the annual search for the Ten Outstanding Boy Scouts (TOBS)
was launched, this helped to promote to inculcate more values into
the Scouting program and in 1994 the annual search for the Ten Outstanding
Scoutmaster (TOSM) was launched to recognize professionals and volunteers
who have enriched the Scouting program through their efforts.
On March 24, 1992 a new BSP Law was passed under Republic Act No.
7278, which required restructuring of the organization within six
month's time. The new law provided a more democratic structure for
the BSP unlike its predecessors Presidential Decree 460 and Commonwealth
Scouting for the Masses
The late 1980s saw the formation of the Boy Scouts Foundation of
the Philippines, which is aimed at enabling poor but promising young
Scouts to attend international Jamborees.
Initiatives was also taken to bring back the interest in neighborhood
Scouting. This is a concept that brings Scouting to the baranggays
through the formation of troops among boys in a neighborhood regardless
of whether they are in school or not. Providing a chance for out-of-school
boys to enter the movement and avoids inefficiencies arising from
the BSP's school-based recruitment program.
Another program change took effect on July 10, 1987 when the BSP
launched the New Three-Sectional Program in which was entitled "New
Horizons in Philippine Scouting." The sections were KAB Scouting
(7-10), Young Scouting (10-13), and Senior Scouting (13-17.5). This
did not last long as it did not gain support in the field.
During the decade that followed, numerous changes were further
effected in the BSP program which included the revival, but revision
to cater to the needs and answer the criticism of the previous programs.
The revival of the Rover Scouting program in 1990; the creation
of a fifth section, the KID - Kabataan Imumulat Diwa - Program for
aged 5-6.5 in 1994, and the adoption of the Scout Oath and Law in
Currently the sectional programs are: KID Scouting (5-6.5), KAB
Scouting (7-10), Boy Scouting (10-17.5), Senior Scouting (13-17.5),
and Rover Scouting (17-23).