On 28 July 1963, the hapless Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) contingent of 20 scouts (aged 13 to 21) and 4 Scouters to the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Marathon, Greece in August 1963 faced a tragic end after their plane, United Arab Airlines Flight 869, crashed in the third largest ocean in the world, Indian Ocean, as they approached Bombay Airport.

Above: The unsuspecting scouts bidding their (last) farewell en route to Greece. Below: the Boy Scout Circle

During that time, Philippine flags were lowered to half-mast to signify deep mourning to the fellow scouts.

Thus, on 14 April 1964, to honor and perpetuate the memory of the ill-fated boy scouts, the Quezon City Council passed and approved Resolution 6692 renaming six barangays, which include Barangay South Triangle, Laging Handa, Obrero, Paligsahan, Roxas and Sacred Heart.

The Philippine delegate to the 11th World Scout Jamboree paid a courtesy call to President Diosdado Macapal 3 days before they perished. CTTO: Ms. Virginia Castor

Likewise, the 23rd street in Quezon City was renamed after the event, 11th Jamboree—beside GMA 7 Complex.

Shortly, after that, the 11th Jamboree Foundation was established to immortalize the boy scouts, Scouters, and chaperons.

Boy Scout of the Philippines was previously known as the Boy Scouts of America in its early times.

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