YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The Scouting Program is anchored on the philosophy of the Scout Method, ‘learning by doing’; it is a form of experiential learning where young boys and girls are encouraged to teach themselves rather than being taught or instructed. The development is a result of first-hand experiences as opposed to theoretical instruction. It reflects the active way in which one gains knowledge, skills and attitudes and illustrates Scouting’s practical approach to education. It allows everyone in the patrol or crew to actively engage with the process and take ownership, with the assistance of their peers and adult volunteers.
The Boy Scouts of the Philippines offers five (5) Sectional Programs for young boys and girls, each with different and diverse programs, instructions and activities that are formed through a ladderized and progressive non-formal education system. The primary objectives of the programs are two-fold: the development of young boys and girls to be responsible citizens in the community and the society through proper upbringing and acquisition of values and the development of basic skill sets through the application of special and essential skills learned through the Merit Badge system.
1. KID SCOUTING
The KID Scouting Program, otherwise known as the ‘Kabataang Imumulat Diwa” is offered to young boys aged four (4) to six (6) years. This program is home and family-centered and its activities are non-competitive. It is the first step in the Scouting trail which offers a continuing program for growth in ideals, highlighting useful skills that preschoolers will enjoy doing. It is a holistic combination of fun and learning.
2. KAB SCOUTING
The KAB Scouting Program or the ‘Kabataang Alay sa Bayan’ is offered to young boys aged six (6) to nine (9) years old. It is a program that is family and school-centered, with activities that are closely supervised by both the parents and the Kawan Leaders. This program consists of simple skills and group activities that satisfy the boys’ craving for action, adventure and fun.
3. BOY SCOUTING
The Boy Scouting Program is offered to young boys aged ten (10) to twelve (12) years old. It is a service and outdoor-centered program that teaches young boys how to work with other people. It teaches the young boy to develop his leadership potentials and the skills that are taught are offered in the service of others.
4. SENIOR SCOUTING
The Senior Scouting Program is offered to young boys and girls aged thirteen (13) to seventeen (17) years old. It is a dynamic program for teenagers done largely in the outdoors in small groups called crews which supplement the learning experiences in the home, school and church. It is also a self-education program aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and the development of right values, attitudes, skills and habits through outdoor, social, service and vocational activities.
5. ROVER SCOUTING
The Rover Scouting Program, the fifth and final phase in the youth development program is offered to young boys and girls aged sixteen (16) to twenty four (24) years old. It is a jolly brotherhood of open-air and service with young men and women working under a common ideal of service and under a common bond of friendship and understanding.