Monthly e-Newsletter of World Scout Bureau
Asia Pacific Region
The Scout Association of Japan’s (SAJ) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 17th May at the beautiful city of Maibashi in Gunma prefecture. It was a meeting where Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed sought to maintain good relations with the upcoming leadership of SAJ. Remarkable changes were affirmed at the AGM, including a farewell to notable and respected leaders like Chief Scout of Japan, Mr Akira Watanabe, who has inspired SAJ leadership for over three decades. Current Chairman of the Board of Governors Mr Shoichi Saba has accepted to be the Acting Chief Scout. Mr Yoritake Matsudaira retired from the post of the International Commissioner, on reaching the retirement age of 65, and Mr Kuniichi Komachi was welcomed to this new post. Mr Yuji Wakayama, who comes not from the scout profession but from the business sector, is the new National Secretary.
A long range plan (2002-2013) was adopted by the Board of Governors now made effective in May 2003. Among other things, the plan envisages to raise membership in 2013 by 24%. Organization restructuring, finance, facilities, youth programme, adult resources, PR and legal matters are the key priority areas. The 2003 Japan Invitation Programme is postponed most likely to February 2004 due to the recent outbreak of SARS. The Agonooree 2003 scheduled for August will be totally a national event, although previously it has always being a major international event. Holding of an APR regional workshop on 7-11 February 2004 is being planned with the Asia-Pacific Regional office.
KOREA • Scouting in all Sizes and Ranges
It was a festive period to visit Korea with the Hi-Seoul season commemorating the successful 2002 World Cup, during which time the Regional Director met all the key leaders of Korea Scout Association (KSA) including its President, Mr Lee Won Hee and a sort of reunion with former Regional Director Kim Kyu Young.
As part of the Hi-Seoul Festival, KSA joined the Seoul Metropolitan Council in organizing the World Youth Cultural Village at the Nanji Camp along Han River that runs through the dynamic city of Seoul. Over 160 young people from 12 countries participated in the 5-day youth camp organized by KSA. During the festival, KSA organized a Family Scout Camp – a weekend camp where one to two families join together as a single patrol and do patrol activities. This is organized by the HQ Troop which is run by the NHQ staff as mandated for all NHQ staff to run their own Scout troops for an on-the-spot application of back to the troop. This not only gives the opportunity for all staff to experience the realities of the youth situation, it is also a place to experiment on new programme tools and other materials before these are formally launched. The entire professional staff indeed played a splendid role as leaders.
KSA has introduced its long range plan using the title Vision 2013 published in Korean and released in December 2002. The APR workshop on PR-IT-Marketing will take place on 4-9 November in Seoul, integrated with a fundraising activity for the APR Scout Foundation. KSA is all set to organize the 24th Asia-Pacific Jamboree in August 2004 in a historic place where world Scouting has etched its name in 1991 - at the heights of Mt Sorak.
With WOSM’s thrust for resource mobilization, the Asia-Pacific Region joined 100 organizations from 30 countries at the 4th International Workshop on Resource Mobilization (IWRM) organized by the Resource Alliance in partnership with the Development Support Consortium in Bangkok, Thailand on 05-08 May 2003. The theme of the workshop was “Strengthening the Voluntary Sectors”. The workshop provided a unique opportunity to the delegates to network and share information on international scale. During the 4 days workshop, a wide range of information, techniques and best practices on fundraising and related topics were shared. Mr S Prassanna Shrivastava, Director of Administration & Resources Development, represented the Asia-Pacific Regional office.
How can we mobilize resources? The workshop suggests a number of tips – be more PR oriented; improve visibility in society and peer organizations; improve personnel capabilities; develop relationships and collaboration with other organizations; market our best practices (promising practices) for resources development; fundraising is an art and we need to improve our skills in this area.
Bracing together to cope with critical organizational issues, especially membership decline (over 1.5 million loss), over 100 Directors and Council Scout Executives of Boy Scouts of the Philippines devoted their Annual National Scout Executives Conference to explore solutions and address varied issues related to membership and organizational development. Opening up to radical changes is a big challenge that the new and young Secretary General, Mr Jose Rizal Pangilinan, now faces and unite efforts to steer back the strong influence of Scouting in the lives of young Filipinos. World Scout Bureau Directors Mr Prassanna Shrivastava and Ms Luz Taray took part in the conference and shared their thoughts on how to become a learning organization and in managing relationships within such a large organization of almost 1.8 million young members, over 166,000 volunteers and lay people, and 186 executives around the country.
Who can forget the booklet of Asia-Pacific songs, games and recipes distributed for free to all participants of the World Jamboree in Thailand? Thousands of copies are now available, not absolutely free this time, but with a token amount of US$1.00 per copy, exclusive of mailing or shipment cost. For bulk or individual orders, send your request to the A-P regional office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGIONWIDE • Honorary Correspondents
Newly designed press cards with WOSM corporate identity are released to Honorary Correspondents (HC) who have been appointed/ reappointed as the focal NSO persons in bringing news and information about their countries to the regional stage of information. The tradition of appointing HCs has been practiced for many years and revved up recently to activate information exchange amongst Scout Organizations.
Fiji is a country that has a pivotal role in converging Scout associations in the South Pacific. A visit by the Regional Director in June seeks to reinvigorate a more active involvement of Fiji to regional and world Scouting activities. Fiji had setbacks in its membership as an adverse effect of ethnic conflicts in the past couple of years. A national strategic planning workshop is being proposed to bring the dynamism of Scouting back on track.
brunei • Preparatory Meeting for the 21st APR Scout Conference and postponement of other events
Follow-up on the progress of the upcoming regional conference in 2004 will take place between the Host Committee spearheaded by Chief Commissioner Zainal Abedin and Asia-Pacific executives this 12-13 July in Begawan.
Due to government restrictions on travel to Brunei, two planned events – Course for Assistant Leader Trainers and the National Strategic Planning Workshop – are postponed. New dates will be announced soon.
malaysia • National AIS Seminar
For the same familiar reason (SARS), Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia announces the postponement of the Adults in Scouting seminar supposed to be held this mid-June in Kuala Lumpur, to a more comfortable period that will be announced soon.
Scouting in Afghanistan has always been a part of WOSM history since 1931. A former WOSM member located in the Asia Pacific Region, Scouting in Afghanistan was disbanded by the World Scout Conference in 1981 when the country was deprived of democratic processes that was necessary for Scouting to continue and flourish. Recent political and social changes in the country have become favourable for the rebirth of Scouting. As a first formal initiative, the World Scout Bureau is organizing a meeting in Geneva this early July to plan the rebuilding process. Asia-Pacific Region has prepared a Plan of Action for the re-establishment of Scouting where it will take the lead role in coordinating the network of support already indicated by several Scout associations in Asia-Pacific and Europe.
INDONESIA • Indonesian Rover Moot 2003
Yogyakarta is the place to be for Rover Scouts aged 16-25 years old attending the Moot on 8-17 July 2003. The Moot is all about adventure, broadcasting, cultural performances, entrepreneurship, outdoor management training and many more. For information, email email@example.com.
KOREA • 12th International Rover Moot
Seoul Land in Gwa-Cheon awaits Rovers from Korea and from other countries for the Moot on 14-19 July 2003. Challenging activities on-site and off-site and water sports will test the limitless potential and creativity of Rovers. For information and application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asia-Pacific Region is organizing the 44th APR Management Course for Scout Executives to be held on 21 July to 3 August 2003. Around 40 participants are expected to this course, particularly those in the professional service who intend to upgrade their competence in managing a Scout association. The course will be held at the Pakistan Scout Cadet College in Jungle Mungal at the Northwest Frontier province of Pakistan. Danish Scout Council (Denmark) will send trainers/resource persons to support the workshop.
BHUTAN • Strategy Review Workshop
A year and a half after Bhutan Scouts Association developed its strategic plan, a planning review workshop will take place on 25-27 July in Thimpu. Evaluation will be made on each priority area, i.e. Youth Programme, Material Resources, Image of Scouting. Inputs on WOSM and APR strategies will be shared to enrich the discussions.
MONGOLIA • 2nd Mongolian Rover Moot
“My Camp”, located at the foot of pine mountains 110 kms from Ulaanbaatar, will be the place where Rovers will gather on 1-8 August 2003 for the Rover Moot. More details on the Moot can be found at www.apr.scout.or.jp under circular no. 7. For information, email email@example.com.
SRI LANKA • Kandy JIM and Strategic Planning Workshop
Two back-to-back events are taking place in August in Sri Lanka – one for adult leaders which is a National Strategic Planning Workshop on 10-14 August 2003, immediately followed by an international Scout event called RAJANS JIM at the Lakeview Park International Scout Centre in Kandy. Both events are supported by the Asia-Pacific Regional office.
Good Scouting images inspire us all. After a modest but good beginning of the regional photo contest held in early 2003, the Asia-Pacific Region invites Scouts and Leaders to join its next photo contest for 2004. For details, see circular No. 16 at www.apr.scout.or.jp. For inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Ideas for celebrating the centennial of Scouting are still welcome. See circular no. 12 at www.apr.scout.or.jp