At the two-day Committee NSO Visit (CNV) held at the Hong Kong Scout Centre on 23-24 July, the Scout Association of Hong Kong (SAHK) has proven itself as a well-managed Scout association and a leading youth organization in Hong Kong. Key leaders of SAHK comprised of Chief Commissioner Anthony Chan, International Commissioner Alex Wong, Deputy Chief Commissioners and other Commissioners made comprehensive reports and led the meeting discussions. The visiting team was from the Regional Scout Committee namely First Vice-Chairman Prakorb Mukura, Dr Chao Shou-Po and Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed.
The CNV was an opportunity to take an overview of all operational areas of the association. SAHK has remarkably advanced into a well-rounded organization even as it seeks a greater challenge of making Scouting as the most preferred Other Learning Experience (OLE) for young people under the recently declared government educational reform. At the same time, SAHK leaders acknowledge their capacity and potential to recruit more young members and adult Scout leaders. The CNV also cited the unprecedented achievements of SAHK including a very sound financial base and resources management.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has accredited the SAHK’s Wood Badge (WB) Training Scheme as their Diploma in Leadership Training. Another goal is to make the WB training scheme interface with the Qualifications Framework of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
Part of the CNV was a dialogue with Venture and Rover Scouts who were participating in a Youth Forum at that time. When asked about the decreasing Scout membership, some of them said that the emergence of other youth groups, as well as the power of internet, are giving young people more choices for social networking.
In conclusion, the CNV has cited the Scout Association of Hong Kong for its valuable resources and expertise in various areas and can therefore play a wider role in world and regional Scouting.