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The Singapore Scout Association (SSA), formerly known as the Boy Scouts Association, was constituted under the powers granted by the Royal Charter issued under the hand of King George V dated 4th January 1912, and the Boy Scouts Association Act (Cap 26, Singapore Statutes, 1985 Revised Edition) having the force of law in Singapore. It is registered (No. 0196) as a Charity under the Charities Act, 1982 with effect from 29th June 1985. Committed to the development and education of young people, the SSA is one of the oldest youth movements in Singapore - celebrating its 100th Anniversary in the year 2010. Scouting encourages the holistic physical, mental, spiritual and social development of youth with a strong emphasis on duty to God, duty to country, and helping other people. Over 28 million young people in over 216 countries and territories have discovered the Scouting way of life, its Promise, Law and Motto.
The Scout Movement is very much part and parcel of the Singapore Education System. Indeed the movement is an integral partner that helps its members build character and leadership. Scouting provides an informal education to develop individuals for purposeful and responsible adulthood, always prepared to serve God, country and humanity. Through the processes, scouting helps to inculcate among other things, the foundation values and character building which is very much in line of MOE's recent focus on values and character education. Using the Scout Method that empowers every member to be the principal agent of his/her development as a self-reliant, supportive, responsible and committed person, every programme/activity is planned to encourage individuals to be actively involved in and be responsible for their own development. The Scouting Method also encourages the holistic physical, mental, spiritual and social development with a strong emphasis on duty to country.