25 May 2011 - Today, Mt Makiling, the favorite campsite and training hub of Scouts, is once again the training ground for the second batch of Vietnamese Scout Leaders. A total of 40 leaders with three facilitators from different parts of Vietnam are taking part in the Wood Badge Course organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)/ Asia-Pacific Region in collaboration with Boy Scouts of the Philippines. A regional training team from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Philippines and WOSM are running the course from 25-31 May 2011.
Scouts under the Ticket to Life (TTL) project in Karachi, Pakistan made a declaration that they are a friend of the environment during a tree planting activity on 14 May 2011. This activity was a kick off ceremony to launch the Tree Plantation Movement, a TTL project created in collaboration with Sindh Scout Association and the Department of Forestry of the Government of Sindh.
A simple ceremony opened the Committee NSO Visit (CNV) at the Polynesia Scout Council on 5th May led by Roger Marama, President of Des Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses Unionistes in Tahiti. The President of Polynesia Scout Council Leone Revault welcomed the CNV team comprised of John Ravenhall, former Regional Scout Committee member; Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed; S. Prassanna Shrivastava of World Scout Bureau-Asia-Pacific Regional Office and senior members of the four Scout Associations of Polynesia Scout Council.
In the National Strategic Planning Workshop from 30 April to 4 May 2011 at the National Headquarters in Suva, 25 key leaders of Fiji Scouts Association (FSA), including the council members and district commissioners, drafted their Vision 2020.
President of the Republic of Fiji HE Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was sworn in as Chief Scout of the Fiji Scout Association (FSA) after his investiture on Saturday, 29 April at the Government House in Suva, Fiji.
The CNV mission to Bhutan was held at the Centenary Youth Village in Thimphu on 28 April led by the Vice Chairman of the Regional Scout Committee Dr Mukhyuddin Sarwani with a five-member team from the Asia-Pacific Region.
The Regional Scout Committee, at its meeting on 16 April in Makati City, accepted for the first time a framework for the region’s strategic planning exercise. They agreed on a key decision that membership growth is the goal of the strategic plan for 2012-2015 and the sub-committees will be actively involved in identifying key strategies for the next triennium.
The Regional Scout Committee met in Makati City, Philippines on 16-17 April 2011 and tackled numerous issues of regional interest. One of them is the approval of the new implementing guidelines for recognizing youth events, in particular, the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree, as endorsed by the APR Youth Programme Sub-Committee. This new guideline specifies that beyond 2013, the regional Jamboree will be held once in every four years in between World Scout Jamborees. This is a major change from the tradition of holding the Asia-Pacific Jamboree in conjunction with a national Jamboree of the host country at least once a year. Bidding for the 2017 APR stand alone Jamboree will be held in November 2012 at the Dhaka conference.
13 April 2011, Taipei -- The two-day meeting of the Asia-Pacific Region Management Sub Committee begins today in Taipei to review their achievements based largely on the Asia-Pacific Regional Plan for the past 18 months and to set directions for the remaining 18 months of their term.