Ten young leaders from different National Scout Organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region are eyeing to be part of the region's Young Adult Members Group (YAMG) for the term 2012-2015.
Nominations came from Bangladesh, Scouts of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines and Thailand, comprised of 3 females and 7 males with ages from 18 to 22 years old.
Out of the 10 candidates, six will be elected during the APR Scout Youth Forum to be held on 17-21 November 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A new set of YAMG officers will be announced on the final day of the regional conference. The six successful candidates will elect their chairman who will represent the YAMG to the Regional Scout Committee, while the remaining five will serve in the five subcommittees: Youth Programme, Adult Support, Management, Finance and Scouting Profile. Apart from their sub-committee involvement, YAMG members will take part in planning and supporting the next APR Youth Forum in 2015.
In the upcoming regional conference in Dhaka this year, a proposed constitutional amendment will be presented to the conference for adoption whereby the elected YAMG chairman to the Regional Scout Committee will have the same rights and obligations as the other ten elected members.
The inclusion of YAMG in the region's operational framework demonstrates the Regional Committee's confidence in the capability of young people to take responsibilities at regional level and provides young people with experience in operating with regional level structures, in decision-making bodies such as the RSC, and all its sub-committees.
The YAMG was initiated at the Regional Scout Conference in 2004, Brunei Darussalam and this year's Youth Forum in
Bangladesh will elect the 4th batch of YAMG.
Photos are from the previous APR Scout Youth Forum in 2009, Malaysia.