Community-based Scouting explored
Recognizing the importance of extending Scouting outside the school system and bringing Scouting closer to the community, the second Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Community-Based Scouting (CBS) is being held in New Delhi, India from 21st to 24th September 2012.
National coordinators, unit leaders working at district and state levels, and eight executives from Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal, Maldives, Philippines and India have the opportunity to share their experiences and good practices as the workshop looks into the impact of Scouting in communities and how it can facilitate reaching out to new horizons.
Bharat Scouts & Guides National Commissioner Mr. L. M. Jain inaugurated the workshop, with Chief Commissioner Scouts and Workshop Director Mr Shyamal Kumar Biswas and APR Programme Sub-Committee Vice-Chairman Dr. H.P Chhetri.
World Organization of the Scout Movement/Asia-Pacific Region Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed shared his vision for community-based Scouting. Also with him are BS&G Director Mr Rakesh Kumar Sharma and APR Director Mr Syd Castillo as resource persons.
With over 90% of national Scout organizations in the region with school-based Scouting mode, the 2009 Regional Scout Conference held in Malaysia endorsed the focus on CBS. This workshop reinforces the recommendations of the first workshop held in the Philippines, in 2010.
The Bharat Scouts and Guides received the participants with welcome dinner hosted by the Delhi State held at the Vidya Vihar School peppered with colorful cultural performances. Present at the dinner is the Mayor of East Delhi Dr Annapurna Mishra who was a Guide herself.
-- SS Ray, APR Honorary Correspondent (India)