APR leaders meet in Manila, visit sites for the 26th APR Scout Conference

MANILA, Philippines – Thirty regional leaders meet in the Philippine capital Manila for a 3-day meeting of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee (APRSC) on 28 to 30 April 2018.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee, the region’s policy-making body, acts on behalf of the APR Scout Conference between its meetings. The regional leaders represent the full complement of the APR Scout Committee, including the chairpersons of its five Sub-Committees. The members of the Committee come from 13 different countries across Asia - Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand.

In his remarks, BSP National President Atty. Wendel E. Avisado welcomed Paul Parkinson, Chairman of Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee, and all the members of the APRSC. “We would like to extend our heartfelt greetings and felicitations, as well as our sincerest welcome to all of you for coming over to Manila for this penultimate meeting of the Regional Scout Committee, prior to the conduct of the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference.”

“The way we’ve been moving over the past years shows that we have a clear sense of direction. And in that sense of direction, we all understand where we want to go and what we would like for all of us and for the Scout Movement. We are putting a lot of commitment to all the work that we do,” he continued.

The meeting will focus on policy and operational matters which require the immediate attention and decision of the Committee. It is also in preparation of the forthcoming 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference scheduled on 15 to 20 October 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Centre which will be hosted by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

Earlier on 28 April 2018, the members of the Committee, together with the key personnel from the World Scout Bureau Asia-Pacific Support Centre and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines conducted an ocular inspection at the Philippine International Convention Centre in Pasay City to inspect the venue for the conference, including all its amenities. In 1976, the Philippine International Convention Centre made history as Asia’s first international convention centre, setting a trend that led other countries to build their own.

They also visited the historic Mount Makiling in Los Baños, Laguna and another hotel in Tagaytay City, both located south of Manila to inspect the other venues for the 2 ancillary events prior to the actual conference – the 9th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Youth Forum and the 2018 APR Course for Leader Trainers.

The Scout Youth Forum will gather young people aged between 18 to 24 years old for a week of discourse and to discuss matters that directly affect them, including forwarding recommendations to the Conference of matters pertaining to policy, programmes and operations in Scouting. On the other hand, the Course for Leader Trainers will gather adults in Scouting working on their requirements to attain the coveted 4-beads.

The Asia-Pacific Region is the largest Scout Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, hosting more than 30 million registered Scouts and Scout Leaders. It is currently composed of 27 national Scout organizations, and one associate member, and several other potential countries.

-- With reports from Theresa E. Quine and Imelda U. Songco of the World Scout Bureua Asia-Pacific Support Centre.

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