Around 33 participants from 10 countries are participating in the 49th APR Basic Management Course (BMC) for Scout Executives being held at the Universiti Sains in Penang, Malaysia, from 4 to 14 April 2013. The course was officially opened by Hon. Dato' Dr. Junaidi bin Abd Wahad, Political Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia.
In his speech, Hon. Dato' Dr. Junaidi stated that the Scout Movement is really important for the youth as he himself has experienced. He further said that considering the gap between young people and adults, it is foremost that the needs of young people must be met.
The Chairman of the APR Management Subcommittee Malcolm Tan, member of APR Scout Committee Janaprith Fernando, and Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed, all emphasized that good management is key to the success of the Scout Movement. This management course is now reduced from 15 to 11 days. Besides the professional or full time executives, volunteers can now formally participate in the course and allowed to start mid way, while the full time executives are required to join from the first day itself.
Before the course, the APR Management Sub-committee held their first meeting for the triennium, from the 2nd to 3rd April. Members discussed key points in the Asia-Pacific Regional Plan related to management including potential member countries. They decided to hold a regional workshop under the theme - delivery of better services to our stakeholders – in early December, to highlight concepts in the recently published "Services from NSOs."