Looking in, Looking Ahead at APR Scout Leaders Summit
Gerakan Pramuka, with warm and generous hospitality, hosted the largest APR Scout Leaders Summit on 22-25 April 2017 in Bali, Indonesia, with the participation of around 150 delegates, guests, and accompanying persons.
Essentially, the APR Scout Leaders Summit is an opportunity for key Scout leaders of National Scout Organizations to review the Region’s progress in relation to its three-year strategic plan, and to plan for the future in the light of Vision 2020.
Attending the Summit for the first time was Myanmar Scout, the 164th member of WOSM. Also for the first time, the Summit started with a workshop on Good Governance for a better understanding of the Global Support and Assessment Tool (GSAT).
In conclusion, key Scout leaders identified the region’s focus areas and goals for the next triennium towards greater growth and development. The Scout Bazaar, an initiative of the region, was launched.
Regional Scout Committee Chairman Paul Parkinson led the Summit with Vice Chairmen Wendel Avisado and Reiko Suzuki, with the support of the APR Support Centre headed by Regional Director J Rizal C. Pangilinan.
Notably, the region welcomed for the first time the new Secretary General of WOSM, Ahmad Alhendawi. In contrast, Joao Armando Goncalves delivered what he called his last official message to the Region as Chairman of the World Scout Committee.
At the closing ceremony, regional awards were conferred to leaders with outstanding achievements and contributions to Scouting.
The Summit gathered participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Scouts of China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Macau, and from other Scouting regions beyond the Asia-Pacific.