Before an excited crowd of 12,000 Scouts from 40 countries around the world, Regional Chairman Jejomar Binay and the Vice Speaker of the Korean Parliament and Acting President of WSPU Hon. Chung Eui-Hwa delivered their congratulatory messages at the opening ceremony of the 27th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree. The lively ceremony was held at the lush green pine valley of Suncheon Asia-Pacific Scout Centre in Suncheon City, Korea in the evening of 4th August.
Among the special guests were the Deputy Minister of Korea for Gender, Equality and Family Mr Kim Kyo-Sik, the Mayor of Suncheon city Mr Rho Kwan-Kyu, President of KSA Dr Kang Young-Joung, and First Vice Chairman of Regional Scout Committee Mr Prakorb Mukura.
Hundreds of white balloons symbolizing peace and harmony were released as the Jamboree logo was lighted. Famous Korean dances and music invigorated the rest of the ceremony as thousands of voices filled the air with excitement.
Around the Jamboree site, participants pitched their tents along the mountain slopes in what appeared like rice field terraces overlooking the campsite arena at the valley. The area is surrounded with pine trees giving participants unique camping bases. The Jamboree programme is centered around six promises under the titles Environment Jamboree, Scout and Method, Social Contribution, Progressive Scheme and Patrol System, Scout Programme, International and Global.
At the APR Village, participants can visit the typical Global Development Village with the APR Centre as part of the active activity centres.
As in the last APR Jamboree in 2009, Gerakan Pramuka/Indonesia once again has the largest overseas contingent, followed by the Thai Contingent.
Before the Jamboree opening, the Mayor of Suncheon City hosted a grand reception dinner for the heads of contingents and dignitaries where well wishes were expressed for the success of the Jamboree and for Scouting in Korea.