The promise of the regional solidarity reigned at the 22nd Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference held from 18th to 23rd October in Tokyo, Japan.
A total of 123 participants from 26 National Scout Organizations including guests from Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia gathered together to celebrate the biggest Scout Youth Forum ever held in the region from 12th to 15th October at the National Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan.
As an ancillary event to the 22nd Regional Scout Conferencem, the 5th APR Course for Leader Trainers became a melting pot of disparate training style and culture as 35 Leader Trainers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Scouts of China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and French Polynesia, gathered and worked together from 10th to 16th October at the National Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan.
The workshop, covering the direct link of ICT in major Scouting operational areas, is hosted by Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia (The Scout Association of Malaysia) right at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 5-9 September 2007.
Having known the fact that Scout leaders at the unit level have a pivotal role in the actual demonstration of Scouting’s educational objectives, 29 Unit Leaders from 11 countries attended the APR Unit Leaders Roundtable from 5-8 June in Tarlac City, Philippines.
World Scout Bureau organized for the first time the Scouts of the World Workshop on 28-31 May 2007 at the Vajiravudh Scout Camp in Thailand. The aim of the workshop is to share with National Scout Organizations the technical process of developing the Scouts of the World programme as a way of revitalizing the Senior and Rover sections for 15 to 26 year-old members. Countries represented were Bhutan, Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand for a total of 42 participants.
A good mix of young girls and boys with special needs were the participants of the 23rd Agoonoree which was hosted by Korea Scout Association (KSA) from 24-27 May 2007 at the beautiful island of Jeju.
Although, he was never a Scout, Australia's Prime Minister John Howard can't help but be impressed with the Scouts Australia, Australia's national Scout organization, describing it as the greatest youth movement in the country.
On the occasion of the 50 years of Scouting in Maldives, the Scouts Association of Maldives organized the “Golden Jubilee Jamboree” at the pristine island of Hulhumale, Maldives from 15 – 19 April 2007
An Events Management Workshop designed to help Scouts and Leaders at the national level better understand the importance of events management in Scouting was held at the National Scout Training Centre, Mouchak, Gazipur District from 05 - 09 April 2007.
All across Asia-Pacific, over 150,000 people including Scouts, heads of states, government leaders and various sectors joined the Asia Pacific Rover Peace baton that traveled over 75,000 kilometers in 24 countries.
The Scout Association of Japan now opens registration for the 22nd Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference to be held in Tokyo on 18-23 October 2007. This year’s conference targets the participation of around 700 Scout leaders and young adults.
Six years after becoming member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1999, Bhutan Scouts Association (BSA) organized its very first national Jamboree in Damphu, Tsirang from 31 January to 6 February 2007. Around 400 Scouts participated from all 20 districts of Bhutan. Today there are about 20,000 Scouts in the country.
Scouts of China envisage quality training for its leaders and better interaction with other Chinese-speaking leader trainers at the recent Course for Leader Trainers.
APR Calendar 2007
Asia Pacific Region’s (APR) calendar for 2007 features the winning photos of the 4th APR Scout Photo Contest held in 2006. This year’s contest is open until 20th February 2007. See this circular for details.
The Centenary of World Scouting was launched in Australia by the 21st Australian National Jamboree (AJ2007) at Elmore in Victoria from the 2-12 of January 2007. Governor-General and Chief Scout of Australia His Excellency Michael Jeffery opened the Jamboree and took a tour of the jamboree site.
Some 350 Venturer Scouts, 55 leaders and 20 programme support team members attended the very successful V07 event held in the upper North Island of New Zealand between the 2nd and 10th January 2007.
The Bharat Scouts and Guides India started the year with a special National Jamboree in Kolkata, West Bengal on 02-08 January 2007. India regularly holds a national Jamboree every four years. This time the Jamboree marks the occasion of the 100 years of Scouting and this is to be followed by another special Jamboree in December 2007 to conclude the celebrations.
Thousands of young people from all over Malaysia, Maldives, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and Sri Lanka camped together at the 11th National Jamboree held in Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Malaysia from 12 to 19 December 2006.
Scouts in Hong Kong are one of the first to welcome the centenary of Scouting in 2007 in conjunction with their Jamboree to celebrate the 95th year of Scouting in Hong Kong. This was held from 27 December 2006 to 1st January together with contingents from Australia, Canada, Korea, Macau, Mongolia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.