The mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.
This is achieved by:
• involving them throughout their formative years in a non-formal educational process
• using a specific method that makes each individual the principal agent of his or her development as a self-reliant, supportive, responsible and committed person
• assisting them to establish a value system based upon spiritual, social and personal principles as expressed in the Promise and Law.
APR Vision 2020
By 2020, Scouting in the Asia-Pacific Region is recognized at the preferred and leading educational youth movement offering relevant programme in all segments of society. Strategic Priorities for 2012-2015.
• Young People
• Scouting Profile
Vision 2020: The Birth of a New Plan
Two and a half years was the time it took to develop the APR Plan for 2012–2015 using a systematic process involving a large number of key NSO leaders, regional volunteers and professional staff.
The Regional Scout Committee took direct responsibility in building up the regional plan, starting at the APR Scout Leaders Summit in Bangalore in June 2010. The Summit comprised of key leaders from National Scout Organizations including the top volunteer, top executive, and International Commissioner. All sub-committee members, in their collective capacity as technical advisers to the Regional Scout Committee in various areas, were invited to take part in the strategic planning exercise. With the APR Vision 2013 coming to a close, the Summit envisaged the future of Scouting in the Asia-Pacific Region with the new “Vision 2020”.
The leaders finally agreed and adopted this statement “By 2020, Scouting in the Asia Pacific Region is recognized as the preferred and leading educational youth movement offering relevant programme in all segments of society.”
To achieve the Vision, they decided five strategic priorities for 2012-2015: Young People, Adults, Management, Finance, Scouting Profile.
Building on the Vision 2020 statement, the Regional Scout Committee made a key decision on April 2011 that membership growth is the primary goal of the strategic plan for 2012-2015 and that sub-committees will have to be actively involved in identifying key strategies for the next triennium.
With the RSC decision to involve all sub-committees, what followed was a joint strategic planning forum on October 2011 with the enthusiastic participation of over 60 sub committee members they refined the statements and expanded the objectives and action steps. For maximum effectiveness, they checked for inconsistencies and duplications and to ensure that the work is coherent across all the subcommittees.
The draft from the October meeting was ready for the final stage at the 24th APR Scout Conference in Dhaka. Through a breakout group activity, the Conference had a direct hand in the planning process as well as the final say. Key leaders from almost all NSOs in the region, including World Scout Committee Members, reviewed and critiqued the plan, and presented their amendments and recommendations at the conference plenary. The conference unanimously adopted the plan with the inclusion of the proposed amendments. The underlying goal is for NSOs to give their full cooperation and ownership for the implementation of the plan at national or local level and ultimately, to collectively meet the Vision 2020.
With the new approach to strategic planning introduced for the first time in this triennium, it may not be perfect as this stage, but it surely is a good move in the right direction.