Hongkong Daily Press.
Hongkong, Wednesday, October 15th, 1924.
CHINESE BOY SCOUTS.
The representatives of the Boy Scouts of China to the International Boy Scouts Jamboree at Copenhagen, Demark, now on their way back from Europe, passed through Hongkong on October 13th and 14th, for Shanghai, their headquarters. Before these scouts left London, they decided to pay Mr. Huang Hsin Choe, Scout Commissioner in Canton, a visit, but conditions at Canton did not encourage a trip up the river during their stay in Hongkong. Among the representatives of the scouts were two Cantonese, T.Y.Wu and W.Q.Ling, the former being a patrol leader and the latter a first class scout. The Chinese contingent of boy scouts went to Denmark by the Siberian railway and returned by the French steamer Porthos. The Chinese patrol to the International Jamboree at Copenhagen, August 10th to 23rd, was in charge of Mr. C.F.Li, Honorary Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of the Kiangsu Province with the assistance of Scout Commissioner T.Chang of Kiangsu Province and Scout Commissioner T.Y.Sung of Shanghai. Altogether 14 officers and scouts were in the party.
The scout movement among the Chinese was started in Shanghai in 1912, after a visit of Sir R.S.S.Baden Powell, the Chief Scout. Since then, more than ten provinces of China have organized scout troops, and in Canton alone there in a strength of nearly 4,000. Girl Guides, a movement similar to that of the scouts among boys, have also troops in China.
According to Mr. Li and Mr. Chang, scout commissioners, at present there are more than ten provinces in China where Boy Scouts' associations have been organized, the total membership of which numbers nearly 40,000 boys. The movement flourishes most in Kiangsu, where some 46 out of the 60 districts have scout troops.