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Membership badge of the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association

The Pakistan Boy Scouts Association (PBSA) is the national Scouting organization of Pakistan and has 516,891 members (as of 2002).

Scouting was founded in Pakistan as part of the British Indian branch of The Scout Association. The PBSA was officially founded in 1947, immediately after independence from the British and became a member of WOSM in April 1948.

Scouting movement in Pakistan is governed by the Ordinance No. XLIII of 1959 (known as Pakistan Boy Scouts Association Ordinance, 1959) and the subsequent rules, latest being those published vide SRO 140/KE/93 in the Gazette of Pakistan, Extra July 27, 1993, and known as Pakistan Boy Scouts Association Rules, 1992. These rules of 1992 which define the policies to follow organizational setup for effective management and rules for administration of Pakistan Boy Scouts Association (PBSA) are also termed as Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) of PBSA.

J. S. Wilson, Director of the Boy Scouts International Bureau, visited Karachi in 1952 as guest of J.D. Shuja, the General Secretary of the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association. During his visit, he saw Bhit Island, off Karachi, a fishing community primarily of refugees, who had been adopted by a Karachi Scout group, the Rovers and older Scouts of which were staffing a school until a regular teacher could be appointed. In Bahawalpur, Wilson was welcomed by Brigadier M.A. Abbasi, Deputy Chief Scout Commissioner who had been at the 1951 World Jamboree in Austria and would later lead the Pakistani contingent at the 1957 Jubilee Jamboree. At Lahore, Wilson met the Scouts and Bluebirds (Brownies) of the Deaf and Dumb Institute, and visited A.R. Sardar Hussain, Scout Camp Chief for Pakistan, Squadron Leader H.V. Bhatty, Scout Provincial Secretary and Deputy Camp Chief, and Mir M. Mohsin, who later succeeded Shuja as General Secretary.

Scouting continued in East and West Pakistan as part of the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association until the country was split in the 1970s.

Niaz M. Khan served on the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1963 until 1969. In 1969, Mr. Khan was awarded the Bronze Wolf of the World Organization of the Scout Movement by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting.

Currently PBSA has nine provincial sub-associations, namely: Punjab Boy Scouts Association; Sindh Boy Scouts Association; Baluchistan Boy Scouts Association; NWFP Boy Scouts Association; Northern Areas Boy Scouts Association; Azad Kashmir Boy Scouts Association; PIA Boy Scouts Association; Pakistan Railways Boy Scouts Association; Islambad Boy Scouts Association.

Scouts have gained the respect of the citizens for their untiring work during floods, where they have collected and distributed food and clothing. They have evacuated trapped people to safety, and run first aid stations in refugee camps. They have been active in helping rebuild destroyed villages.

Scout program emphasis is on community service and conservation.

There is a program for handicapped Scouts supported by former Scouts in the Baden-Powell Guild.

Program Sections

  • Shaheen Scouts/Cubs-ages 7 to 11
  • Scouts-ages 12 to 16
  • Rovers-ages 17 to 25

Scout Motto

Almustaid, Be Prepared

Scout Oath

On my honour I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people at all times and to obey the Scout Law.

Scout and Rover Law

  • Scout/Rover kable etmad hota hai A Scout/Rover is trustworthy
  • Scout/Rover furmanbardar aur wafadar hota hai A Scout/Rover is loyal and obedient
  • Scout/Rover khush ehlag aur madadgar hota hai A Scout/Rover is courteous and helpful
  • Scout/Rover hur aik ka dost aur hur Scout ka bhai hota hai A Scout/Rover is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout
  • Scout/Rover meharban aur buhadar hota hai A Scout/Rover is kind and courageous
  • Scout/Rover kafayat shuaar hota hai A Scout/Rover is thrifty
  • Scout/Rover pakeeza aur huns mukh hota hai A Scout/Rover is clean and cheerful

See also

Reference

  • Scouting 'Round the World, John S. Wilson, first edition, Blandford Press 1959.
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