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Issue No.1_May 2012

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  • President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa shook hands with the participants of the 29th APR Scout Jamboree. (Photo Credit: Githendra Liyanage & Udaya Kumara Karthik)

    OUR REGION Regional Scout Committee decides on conference-related issues NSO FOCUS Scouting looks into young people with special needs OUR YOUNG PEOPLE Japanese Rover Scout reaches Baden Powell Scout Peak

    OUR VOLUNTEERS Recognition of adult leaders serving Hong Kong Scouting

    OUR ORGANIZATIONLeaders of NSOs in Southeast Asia to support potential countries MAIN STORY President of Sri Lanka opens 29th APR Scout Jamboree

    PHOTO GALLERY29th APR Scout Jamboree photos WHAT WE DO BEST Scouts say no to drugs

    OUR RESOURCESBangladesh conducts financial management workshop

    OUR PROFILE Singapore President Tony Tan returns to Scouting

    AROUND THE WORLD Aidan Jones, World Scout Bureau Chief Operating Officer UPCOMING EVENTS

    Youth for Change International Workshop Young Adult Members Group Nomination

    OTHER SCOUTING STORIESPhilippines supports safe Scouting

    Sri Lankan President opens 29th APR and Sri Lanka Centenary Scout Jamboree

    ...story on page 7

  • Asia-Pacific Scouting Volume 38 No. 5ASIA-PACIFIC SCOUTING2 MAY 2012 Volume 44 No.2

    OUR REGION

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    The Asia Pacific Regional Scout Committee met on 21-22 April 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and finalized matters related to the forthcoming Regional Scout Conference to be held in Dhaka in November 2012. After the Chairman of the Host Organizing Committee (HOC) Habibul Alam presented the progress report, it was decided that the educational tour plan will not only be a train journey to the Sylhet region but as a memorable journey to see the real life situation of the sub continent. The committee also approved the final conference agenda and special guest package fee of US$125 per person for Scout leaders and guests who are coming for special events such as the APR Foundation Fellowship Gathering, ATAS/APES Gathering and the awarding ceremony. The committee looked into the facilities of the conference venue Bangladesh International Convention Centre and the APR Youth Forum will now be held at BRAC Centre for Development Management in Savar. Earlier, some committee members visited the Mouchak National Training Centre for the Leader Training Course where major renovations are underway and planned to be completed in September. With the conference registration being fixed on 31 July, the Committee urges all National Scout Organizations to complete their registration for the conference, the Youth Forum and Leader Training Course as early as possible. Conference registration has started since 1st February. Participants can register on line or download the registration form from the website and submit it electronically or by fax/mail with NSO endorsement. Details on conference registration and recommended hotels are available on the conference website. The committee also approved three discussion topics for the Youth Forum, chosen from responses in the on-line bulletin boards. An exciting full package for accompanying persons was endorsed by the committee to include visits to historical, cultural and development institutions. Apart from the regular agenda, the

    committee took note of the Committee NSO Visit (CNV) annual progress report from Bharat Scouts and Guides, India which was presented by the National Commissioner Mr. L. M. Jain. The Committee also took note of the interim report of the 29th APR Jamboree held in Sri Lanka and the intention of both Korea and Thailand to bid for the Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference in 2015. The committee also took note of eight nominations for the Regional Scout Committee election to be circulated to member countries shortly. At the meeting, President of Bangladesh Scouts Mohamed Abdul Karim welcomed the APR Scout Committee and expressed confidence that Bangladesh Scouts will do its best. In addition, National Chief Commissioner Mr Abdul Kalam Azad met and welcomed the RSC members. 1st Vice Chairman Dr. Mukhyuddin bin Sarwani chaired the meeting on behalf of Chairman Jejomar C Binay. World Scout Committee member Mr. Eric Khoo was also present. On 18th April, two days before the RSC meeting, members of the Host Organizing Committee and the regional team had a dry run of the educational tour to the Tea Estate Resort in Sylhet, including a cultural show of Scouts from Srimongol tribal areas. The HOC is planning and preparing to host around 600 participants, accompanying persons and special guests.

    Regional Scout Committee decides on conference-related issues

  • ASIA-PACIFIC SCOUTING 3MAY 2012 Volume 44 No.2

    NSO FOCUS

    With great excitement, over 30 participants from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka arrived in Perth, Western Australia for the APR Workshop on Scouting with Special Needs held from 6th to 9th April 2012to share knowledge, develop ideas, and commit to act.

    The participants and staff gathered in the first evening of the event not only to savor the marvelous meals prepared by a group of volunteers from WA Branch of Scouts Australia but also to enjoy the songs provided by Catch Music, a community of young people with special needs. That evening was their first gig ever.

    Participants and staff were a delightful audience who applauded with gusto. Abdullah Rasheed, the Regional Director, welcomed the participants and thanked them for taking part in the workshop and wishing them success. Peter Blatch, the Workshop Coordinator, also

    welcomed everyone, and highlighted the importance of the workshop and to have fun.

    The integration of young people with special needs in Scouting is not a new idea but it was the vision and wisdom of the Founder of Scouting Baden-Powell to give chance to these people to be active citizens and have fun using the Scouting programs, and help to make the world treat them better.

    Many sessions were delivered and hard talk happened in small groups, which led all participants

    Scouting looks into young people with special needsto think about the purpose of the workshop and share in patrols their thoughts on program development for young people with special needs in Scouting. During group photo time, the participants simulated the experiences of a blind person. The participants paired up and one member of the pair donned blanked out goggles. Each blind person was led by their partner across the car park, up a hill, across what might have been the busiest street in Perth, over the lawn, and to the gardens outside of Western Australias Parliament House.

    At the end of the workshop, thirteen recommendations came up under three areas: training, networking/resources and program activities. One of the recommendations was to organize a similar workshop in 2014.

    The workshop concluded well with the support of Reg Williams, the National Commissioner, Peter Blatch, John Clarck and Sheridan Bunney who was the Workshop Director, with Abdullah Rasheed and Farouk Boraoui from the Asia-Pacific Regional office.

  • Asia-Pacific Scouting Volume 38 No. 5ASIA-PACIFIC SCOUTING4 MAY 2012 Volume 44 No.2

    OUR YOUNG PEOPL

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    Japanese Rover Scout reaches Baden Powell Scout PeakJapanese Rover Masaki Nagashima was the first Scout this year who successfully reached the Baden Powell Scout Peak, which is 5,890 meters above sea level. The message was confirmed by team leader Naresh Maharjan directly from the base camp on 2nd March 2012.

    Nagashima, who was with another Japanese Rover, team leader Nepali Naresh Maharjan and three other sherpas, started their expedition on 23rd February with a send-off ceremony organized by Nepal Tourism in Bhadrakali which noted that this expedition was the first for 2012.

    In the past, 22 Scouts from Australia, Korea, Finland, Nepal, Singapore and Scouts of China have already reached the Baden Powell Scout Peak and were given Baden Powell Scout Peak Climber Badge. A total of 45 Scouts from Bangladesh, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Sri Lanka also took part and received a Certificate of Participation.

    Baden Powell Scout Peak is a mushroom shaped mountain situated in the Langtang region where the trail is located off-the-beaten-track, away from the usual trekking crowd.

    The villages dotting the trail remained pristine and untouched by modernity. The Baden Powell Scout Peak was named after the Lord Baden Powell of Gilwell as Nepal Scouts own way of commemorating the 100 years of World Scouting in 2007.

    Japanese Rover Nagashima with his groupmates celebrating their victory.

  • ASIA-PACIFIC SCOUTING 5MAY 2012 Volume 44 No.2

    In the WOSM Policy of Adults in Scouting, it is stated that each adult must receive direct support technical, educational, material, moral or personal whenever required..they need to be encouraged, listened to, guided and supported. In Hong Kong, adult leaders are fortunate to receive good support in their Scouting life. The Government o

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