The first seminar on Youth Involvement in Decision-Making took place recently in the Asia-Pacific Region, hosted by the National Scout Organization of Thailand. This seminar attracted 40 participants from 14 countries, across an age-range from 17-67 years of age. They spent four days sharing experiences on Youth Involvement and discussing how young people of all ages in Scouting can be involved in decision-making in the Unit, Institutionally and in the community.
During the seminar the participants received and input on the draft Vision and Strategy that has been developed for consideration by the World Scout Conference in Brazil in 2011. The participants provided valuable feedback on the strategy framework and provided insightful ideas on how this could be supported in NSOs.
During the seminar various examples of good practice were presented by Scouts Australia, Gerakan Pramuka, the National Scout Organization of Thailand and the Singapore Scouts Association.
The action plans include the following ideas:
Recommendations from the Seminar include, a request for a balance of young adults and leaders at all seminars and workshops in the Region. More seminars could be held on strategies for youth involvement and be based at NSOs level, perhaps bringing a small group of similar NSOs together. The establishment of a resource sharing network so that resources can be shared. Compare with Goose Network. For Scout organisations that are still in an early stage of development, youth involvement should be considered a high priority in the development of the programme and organisational structures of these NSOs.