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Scouts of China
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Simplified Chinese
Scouts of China
Scouts of China
中華民國童軍 (中國童子軍)
Headquarters The General Association of the Scouts of China
Location Taipei City
Country Republic of China (Taiwan)
Founded February 25, 1912
Founder Yen Chia-lin
Membership 46,557
Director Chao Shou-po
Affiliation World Organization of the Scout Movement
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The Scouts of China (中華民國童軍總會) is the national Scouting association of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and is a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The Scouts of China has 46,557 members as of 2008.[1],



Following the birth of the Republic of China, the first Scout troop was organized by Reverend Yen Chia-lin in Wuchang on February 25, 1912 and the Scouting movement spread rapidly all over the country. In 1930 the First National jamboree of the Boy Scouts of China was held in Nanking, attended by 3,575 Scouts, and the Second National Jamboree in 1936, also held in Nanking, hosted 13,268 Scouts. The General Association of the Boy Scouts of China was formally established in Nanking in 1934, and became a member of the International Scout Bureau in 1937.

Registered membership reached 570,000 in 1941. However, all Scouting activities were interrupted in 1949, when the Chinese communists took over Mainland China. The Chinese Scout Association was reorganized in 1950 on the island of Taiwan, and resumed the membership of the International Scout Bureau as Boy Scouts of China (BSC) and later Scouts of China, though the full name of the Scout organisation is the General Association of the Scouts of China.

In 1974, Chuan Kai Teng was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting. Other recipients include You-hwa Shieh in 1976 and Chung-Shin Chen in 1982.

On November 1-3, 1993 Taipei hosted the 23rd Asia Pacific Committee meeting; in 2004, Scouts of China held the 12th World Rover Scouts Moot in Hualien, Taiwan.

In 2009, Scouts of China changed its Chinese formal name from the "General Association of the Scouts of China" to the "General Association of the Scouts of the Republic of China" and replaced specific references to "China" (zhongguo) in its promise.


The fundamental core values of the Scouts of China are reflected and expressed through the Scout Promise, Law and Motto.

The Scout emblem features the Blue Sky with a White Sun.

The highest rank is the National Flower Class (國花童軍) earned by the Senior Scout branch (行義童軍). National Flower refers to the plum blossom, official flower of the Republic of China. The badge has the plum blossom on the center-top position, flanked by three colours of red, white and blue of the national flag. The first class emblem of the Scouts of China occupies the center, surrounded by golden laurel wreaths to indicate the prestige and completed progress achieved in the Senior Scout training.


Scout Promise


Official translation:
On my honor, I promise that I will obey the Scout Law, and all my life do my best
  1. To do my duty to God, be friendly to the people and become a righteous citizen.
  2. To help others and serve the public at all times.
  3. To strive to make myself rich in knowledge, perfect in character, and healthy in physical constitution.

Scout Law


Official translation:
  1. Honesty
  2. Loyalty and Filial Devotion
  3. Helpfulness
  4. Loving Kindness
  5. Courtesy
  6. Justice
  7. Responsibility
  8. Cheerfulness
  9. Industriousness and Thrift
  10. Courage
  11. Cleanness
  12. Public Spirit

Scout Motto


Official translation:
  1. Be Prepared
  2. Practise a Good Turn Everyday
  3. Service as Goal of Life

Song of the Chinese Scouts

Badge for the 10th World Scout Jamboree in 1959


Scouts, Scouts, Scouts of China
We, we, we are the new lives of Chinese race.
Although we are young, our determination is real. We contribute our bodies and efforts to serve mankind.
Loyalty and Filial Devotion, Loving Kindness, Honesty and Justice, and Peace empower our spirit in action.
We unite and go forward, forward, forward.
Blue sky is high. White sun is bright.
Note: The "Blue Sky and White Sun" referred to in the song is the national emblem of the Republic of China and can be found on the republic's flag.

See also


Further reading

  • Facts on World Scouting, Boy Scouts International Bureau, Ottawa, Canada, 1961

External links


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