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1. MT. APO KIDS is an acronym for Montgomery Training and Advancement Program of Kidapawan Scouts.
2. Mt. Apo is the Philippines’ highest mountain towering at 10,111 ft. ASL and Kidapawan City is one of its gateways.
3. Kidapawan is from a manobo term tida + pawan which means from a place of Highland Springs. It is the founding city and place of venture of its members.
4. Montgomery is the family name of the late Eagle Scout Lewis Montgomery of Maryland, USA, who entered Mindanao, Philippines in the mid-60’s to the 80’s. He managed the Firestone Rubber Plant in Makilala, Cotabato and as a Scout volunteer, conducted advancement activities to interested Scouts from Kidapawan, Magpet and Makilala. SCA Rex N. Toledo was among the dozens of Rizal Scouts and Scout Citizen Awardee produced by ES Lew.


In 2000, SCA Rex N. Toledo, ES Jovin Salcedo, RS Joven Cabalum and RS Aries V. Panes- Scouts from the University of Southern Mindanao- Kidapawan City Campus (USM-KCC), decided to organize an Outfit from the University Laboratory School (ULS). The objective was to train an Outfit for advancement and for attendance to the Cotabato Council Jamborette. Thirty-five (35) scouts then submitted for training and attended the Provincial Jamborette of whom they won runner-ups in two friendly games. The training lasted only until March of 2001 when no one re-registered the following School Year.

In lieu to that, the four pioneers organized the USM-KCC Mt. Apo Rover Circle. When the Circle was established, several talks were pursued with the Kidapawan City Pilot Elementary School Special Education Center (KCPES-SPED) Principal Mrs. Emelda J. Victoria and the School’s Institutional Representative Scouter Juanito B. Mendoza, Jr. of which the Circle was allowed to conduct a training program for the pupils. Eleven (11) Boy Scouts were invested by mid-August and eleven (11) Senior Scouts from USM-KCC re-joined the program.

By then, Sca. Rex N. Toledo, Sca. Jovin Salcedo and WB Aries V. Panes, became the core group of trainors. Later, volunteer Rover Scouts from the University of Southern Mindanao – Kidapawan City Campus (USM-KCC) came to help. Rover Peers Marlowe E. Llorito joined in as trainor, George F. Gamolo and Kiril Van A. Aguilar soon volunteered to extend help as  trainors.

Resources were badly needed and funds for the training were quite difficult to raise without the program identity. By October 2001, after the approval of the family of the late Lewis Montgomery of Maryland, USA, Montgomery Training and Advancement Program of Kidapawan Scouts (MT. APO KIDS) became the Official name of the Program.

In 2005, USM-KCC Mt. Apo Rover Circle under the leadership of WB Aspirant John Tem D. Gaviola, the KIDS  became officially a USM-KCC Research-Extension Program.

The following year, the first four MT. APO KIDS Eagle Scouts Camilo Gil Toledo III, Khalil Angelo Gamela , Ben Eltagon and Lover Dan Continiedo were born.

In 2007, by virtue of a Cotabato Council Board Approval, the MT. APO KIDS (Rover Circle 2, Outfit 20 and Troop 13) was registered as an independent Institution and became the first and only recognized Open-Community Scouting Institution in Cotabato Council. In that same year, through the financial and kind support of “friends in Scouting“, MT. APOKIDS was able to include in their rooster less fortunate Scouts from Kidapawan City and Municipality of Makilala.

Year 2008 was when MT. APOKIDS became partner and a recipient of a donation from the United Methodist Church Global Ministries through the efforts of the Community Mission UMC- United Methodist Men Organization and Mr. Camilo N. Toledo, Jr. The training program became stronger and membership has significantly increase in number including thirty (30) “Girls in Scouting”.

MT APO KIDS is proud to say that the objectives set seven years ago has now been realized!


We will post the profiles of our pioneers here, soon…


We are going strong and counting…

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Engr. Rex N. Toledo
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Ma. Minda A. Yap, Ed. D.
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Service Area

1. Kidapawan City Pilot Elementary School
2. Saniel Cruz National High School- Saniel Annex
3. Kidapawan City National High School- Main Campus
4. University of Southern Mindanao-Kidapawan City Campus Rover Circle