Hong Kong celebrates Wood Badge Centenary, opens APR Adults in Scouting Workshop
As part of the celebration of the Wood Badge Centenary in the Asia-Pacific Region, the APR Adults in Scouting Workshop kicked off on Sunday, April 21 at the Hong Kong Scout Centre in Kowloon, bringing together 44 participants from 15 National Scout Organizations, including one participant from the Israel Boy and Girl Scouts Federation.
The opening ceremony was graced by Craig Turpie, Chairperson of the World Scout Committee, along with several members of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee and the APR Adults in Scouting Sub-Committee.
In his message, Turpie emphasised the important role of the adults in Scouting in leader training. “This year, 2019, marks 100 years of the Wood Badge, an enduring symbol of our Movement’s commitment to ensuring that adults in Scouting are trained to lead and manage, in order to provide quality youth programmes for growing numbers of young people who benefit from the life changing experiences Scouting offers. And whilst it’s right that we reflect on our rich heritage of shaping leaders, it’s vitally important that we understand that Adults in Scouting is about so much more than adult leader training.”
“Your role is a vitally important one. Success in implementing Adults in Scouting is critical to the Mission of Scouting and in our efforts to achieve all that is set out in Vision 2023 – our Strategy for Scouting – which acts as our collective call to action to be better tomorrow than we are today,” he added further.
Phyo Thura Win, a young leader from Myanmar Scouts which was just readmitted to the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 2016 said that the workshop has offered him and his NSO an opportunity for growth. “The workshop definitely offers an exciting opportunity for Myanmar Scouts. It teaches us how to better implement the World Adults in Scouting Policy and learn from the inspiring practices from other NSOs. I am learning a lot, and with the support from the World Scout Bureau Asia-Pacific Support Centre and other neighbouring NSOs, we can surely implement this in Myanmar.”
Aside from host country Hong Kong, participating countries include Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, TGA Scouts of China, and Thailand.
The host, the Scout Association of Hong Kong (SAHK), in coordination with the World Scout Bureau Asia-Pacific Support Centre, has pooled its seasoned Leader Trainers, along with overseas resource persons, to handle sessions on the World Adults in Scouting Policy, the newly adopted APR Plan 2018-2021, WOSM Services, among others.
In conjunction with the workshop, a Wood Badge Reunion was also held yesterday, Tuesday, April 22 at Tai Tam Scout Centre, gathering more than 200 attendees.
The workshop will run until 24 April 2019.