The 24th. Interamerican Scout Conference was held from 14th to August 19th at the premises of the Convention Center of the City of Knowledge, Panama.
Over 250 delegates from 32 of the 34 National Scout Organizations comprising the Interamerican Scout Region, met to conduct the work themselves the highest assembly of the Scout Movement in the Americas.
The 24th. Conference started with two days in which meetings of the Interamerican networks were held:
- Youth Programme
- Adult Resources
- Youth Involvement
- Institutional Development
Simultaneously was held the Seminar of the International Catholic Conference of Scouting.
During these sessions participants worked in the tasks of unifying criteria, establish future goals and analyze the overall objectives of the Regional Plan 2011-2014.
On Monday August 16 took place the inauguration of what will be the new home of the World Scout Bureau - Interamerican Region. This brought together all participants in the 24th. Interamerican Scout Conference as well as many guests to this important ceremony.
After hearing the speeches of the Regional Director, Mr. Raul Sanchez Vaca, the Secretary General of the World Scout Movement, Mr. Luc. Panissod, the Interamerican Scout Committee Chairman, Mr. Ronald Castro and the president of the Interamerican Scout Foundation, Mr. Harold Friend, the ribbon-cutting by the latter two was done. It was then that Mr. Panissod and Mr. Sánchez Vaca unveiled the plaque which indicates that the house 172, in City of Knowledge, will host the World Scout Bureau in Interamerica.
It was then that all participants were invited to take the official photo of the 24th. Interamerican Scout Conference, taking home 172 as background.
As a first act of construction of the interiors of the new office, one by one delegation, representing their respective National Scout Organization entered into the house to place a stone brought from their countries, and thus form a Fleur de Lis, symbol of Scouting for over 100 years, which will remain as a mute witness of this important moment.
The next day he carried out the five workshops, this time focused on the theme of growth:
- Young and Growth Program
- Adult Resources and Growth
- Institutional Development and Growth
- Image and Growth
- Youth Participation and Growth
In the afternoon, opened the Social Projects Fair where very diverse and interesting projects were shown by several National Scout Organizations, through their actions that scouts in the region conducted in the social field.
The presidents of the National Scout Organizations in this day held a summit which discussed various aspects related to governance at World level.
At night was performed the official opening of the 24th. Interamerican Scout Conference in the auditorium of the Panama Canal Authority. With the presence of the authorities of national and local government, was formally launched the 24th. Conference. The Mayor of the City of Panama, Hon. Bosco Vallarino, granted to the Secretary General, Mr. Luc Panissod, the keys to the Panama City and each of the delegations present recognition as distinguished guests.
The next two days were hard work in the plenary sessions. Throughout the day various activities were conducted, including election of new members of the Interamerican Scout Committee, and the election of the next Interamerican events: 14th. Panamerican Scout Jamboree, 2nd. Panamerican Scout Moot and 25th. Interamerican Scout Conference. Were elected Colombia, Brazil and Argentina, respectively.
Also took a total of 18 resolutions on various aspects, which will surely enhance the performance of the Interamerican Scout Region, strengthening their governance and operation as well as National Scout Organizations that comprise it.
The closing ceremony was held at the Sheraton Panama Hotel with a dinner-dance that was to everyone's taste.
Image 1: © John Silva