Youth Forum delegates elect new YAMG members
The 9th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Youth Forum held from 9 to 12 October in Tagaytay City was a tremendous success. The forum, attended by 125 young adult delegates and observers from 27 NSOs broke the record as the biggest in attendance in the history of the youth gathering.
A 1997 Outstanding Boy Scout of the Philippines and now a Philippine lawmaker Scott Davie S. Lanate served as keynote speaker.
The election of the Young Adult Members Group (YAMG) who will serve for three years was one of the highlights of the event. Lim Wei-Yung of Singapore Scout Association was elected to represent the YAMG to the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee. Also elected to serve in five sub-committees are Chow Yik-Man Edwin of the Scout Association of Hong Kong for Programme; Kumar Ritesh Agarwal of the Bharat Scouts and Guides for Adult Support; Hassan Mohamed of the Scout Association of Maldives for Governance; Ruan, Chun-Lin Daniel of the General Association of the Scouts of China for Financial Resources; and Muhammad Naufa Bin Othman of the Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia for Communications and Partnership.
The four-day youth forum conclud- ed with the adoption of recommenda- tions which revolve around the main topics for discussion, namely, Youth Engagement, Impacts of Scouting and Sustainable Development Goals.
BSP National President Wendel E. Avisado, who spoke at the closing ceremony, encouraged young people to “speak out and be heard, the ‘Scouting way’ in their quest for a “much better and peaceful world.” For his part, APR Scout Committee Chairperson Paul D.Parkinson left five important words that all participating Scouts should reflect and actupon return to their respective countries: “Engagement, Involvement, Dedication, Commitment and Enthusiasm.”
With reports from Jun S. Florendo.