As a young Scout at 12 with the 75th Kowloon Scout Group in Hong Kong, Herman Hui knew he would be a Scout for the rest of his life. Forty-five years later, he is now chairman of the World Scout Committee.
The job involves him being away from his family, businesses, and private practice as a lawyer for most of the time. Jokingly, he says: “My wife is even happy about it!” His only son, Calivin, studies and became a Scout at Charterhouse, the same school where Baden-Powell was taught.
He started working beyond the local scene as the International Commissioner of the Hong Kong Scout Association in the early 1980s. In 1998, he was elected chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee and, eventually, assumed his current position in 2005.
Make sure policies become reality
“Our role at the World Scout Committee is primarily to execute the mission of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and to ensure that policies formulated at the World Scout Conference become reality,” he said.
When asked what the Centenary of Scouting means to him, Hui said: “It is a proud moment for all of us. I admire the vision of our founder, Baden-Powell, in making Scouting a worldwide reality. However, it is not just reflecting on the past. It is now up to us to prepare for the future. Scouting across the world must provide a quality programme for our young people.”
To ensure this happens, Hui created a group of 12 youth advisers half of whom are elected at the World Scout Youth Forum.
Jamboree is the most impressive
Hui is very delighted with the way the UK Scout Association is conducting the Jamboree. He said: “This Jamboree is, by far, the most impressive. 40,000 Scouts and 158 countries has never been done before. Everything is orderly and efficient.”
Aside from coming up with the youth advisory group, Hui is proud of uniting the World Scout Committee as one solid body. “We have never used the voting process to solve issues and make crucial decisions among members of the World Scout Committee. Each of he 12 committee members are selfless and works for the Scouting movement without any personal motives or agenda.”
“I have also initiated a governance review task force that creates a model for quality Scouting, looks at where we are now, and finds ways to transform us to that model,” he added.
A message to the Scouts of the world
In parting, Hui said: “In one of his last messages, BP wanted us to make the world a better place to live in. Hopefully, this Jamboree is the start of our roles as brothers and sisters in Scouting in bringing world peace and understanding.