Scouting is a global, educational youth movement with over 50 million members worldwide, of which 30.8 million or 75.36% of the global membership are in the Asia-Pacific Region. The role of the Asia-Pacific Region is to support its 28 member National Scout Organizations (NSOs), including its associate members and several potential member-countries.
Scouting in the Asia-Pacific Region continues to flourish. Its growth is dynamic and its potential to grow further is most promising. The Asia-Pacific Region covers a total land area of 21 million square kilometres extending from Mongolia in the north, to New Zealand in the south, and from Pakistan in the west, to French Polynesia in the east.
"Since its organisation in 1956, this large and varied Asia-Pacific Region has been growing under the leadership of the most competent and dedicated volunteer leaders, with the support of efficient and effective professional Scouters at all times. Each individual year since its creation add up to one history of progress towards excellence." [Dr Jacques Moreillon, Secretary General (1988-2004), World Organization of the Scout Movement]
The Asia-Pacific Region is governmed by the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference and the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee. It is supported by a competent pool of volunteers engaged in a number of regional structures and professionals working at the World Scout Bureau Asia-Pacific Support Centre.