“Make the Scout Movement as the youth’s protector from various social threats,” that was the statement of Indonesian President Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono when he opened the 9th National Scout Jamboree at Teluk Gelam Lake Camping Ground, South Sumatera Province on 2nd July.
The co-titled 28th Asia Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree and Scouts of China Centenary Jamboree was officially declared open at the beautiful Cheng Ching Lake in Kaohsiung, Taiwan with a total of 8,230 participants from 25 countries across the world. The occasion also celebrates the 100 years of Scouting in Taiwan.
Once again Scouting in Afghanistan witnesses a series of activities in Kabul, one of them is the Basic Unit Leaders Training course with 26 participants for both male and female members coming from Kabul and Jalalabad. The Asia Pacific Regional office is organizing this course from 2nd to 8th July in Marastoon, Kabul at the newly refurbished Scout training centre. The centre has basic facilities such as session hall, meeting room, dining hall and dormitory.
After an extremely powerful earthquake hit the Tohoku Region on 11 March 2011, triggering several meter high tsunami waves that caused massive loss of lives and properties in areas along the Pacific coast of eastern Japan, especially in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima Prefectures, the Scout Association of Japan (SAJ) created the Scout Disaster Relief Centers (SDRC) where Scouts unite to bring comfort, strength and hope to affected people.
23 June, Male’, Maldives – Today is the launch of the four-day Adults in Scouting workshop at the Maldives Centre for Social Education in Male’ with nearly 30 participants. The workshop aims to improve the management of volunteer adults, which has been constantly emphasized to enhance the effectiveness of the Scout association. This is also to fulfill the recommendations arising from the Scout Association’s national strategic plan and from the Committee NSO visit (CNV) in 2009.
In commemoration of the 100 years of scouting in Sri Lanka, the association will host the 29th Asia Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree in the historic town of Dambulla situated about 4 hrs from the international airport. This will be held in the first week of April 2012 and will bring together over 6,000 Scouts from different parts of the country and another 1,500 from overseas.
Scout Leaders from ten National Scout Organizations celebrated the World Environment Day on 5th June at Cibubur Scout Complex in Jakarta, Indonesia. They were participants of the International Seminar on Environment Education & Biodiversity, the first international seminar of this nature organized by the World Scout Bureau.
Minister of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia, Prof.Dr. Gusti Muhammad Hatta, officially opened the International Seminar on Environment Education and Biodiversity at the National Scout Complex in Cibubur, Jakarta on 4th June 2011. The event is organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement/Asia-Pacific Region and hosted by Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia.
3 June, Kuala Lumpur – In supporting the Scouts Association of Malaysia to strengthen its Adult Resources Management to deliver a qualitative Youth Programme to its members and a better managed organization, a 4-day workshop on Adults in Scouting is being held at International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization in Kuala Lumpur from 3 – 6 June 2011.
27th May 2011, Singapore - A moment of reflection opened the Committee NSO Visit (CNV) at the national headquarters of the Singapore Scout Association (SSA). SSA President Mr Noel Hon welcomed the visiting team comprised of 1st Vice Chairman Prakorb Mukura, 2nd Vice Chairman Dr Mukyuddin bin Sarwani, Consultant and Chairman of the APR Awards Committee Mohammed Ali Khalid and Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed. APR Director for Youth Programme Syd Castillo is also present to support the visiting team.