Pattaya’s top boy scout, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome opened the July 1 Boy Scouts Founders Day commemoration at Pattaya School No. 7 with 116 scouting leaders for Pattaya’s 11 public schools and 1,561 boy, girl and river scouts.
Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and 116 scouting leaders salute as the Boy & Girls Scours march past.
Itthiphol presented certificates to outstanding scouts and to those who sacrificed their time to develop scouting in Pattaya.
King Rama VI founded the Boy Scouts in Thailand on July 1, 1911. Each year, more than 10,000 scouts march at the National Stadium in Bangkok to express their loyalty to the monarchy and scouting.
Lord Baden Powell originally founded the Boy Scouts in Great Britain in 1907 and the scouts’ original mission was to prepare members for the military. Rama VI set up a scouting organization for government officials and the public to instill patriotic feelings. Thailand was just the third country to join the international scouting organization.
More than 1,500 boy and girl scouts came together in Pattaya to celebrate the 103rd anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts in Thailand.