Asia-Pacific Scout Region (World Organization of the Scout Movement)

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Asia Pacific Scout Region
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Jurisdiction of the Asia-Pacific Scout Region; the three countries with no Scouting organization, and those outside the Region, are in grey.
Owner World Organization of the Scout Movement
Headquarters Makati City, Philippines
Location Asia Pacific
Membership 30 million
APRSC Chairman Paul Parkinson
Regional Director Jose Rizal Pangilinan
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The Asia-Pacific Scout Region is the divisional office of the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, headquartered in Makati City, Philippines, with satellite offices in Australia and Japan. The Asia-Pacific Region services Scouting in the land area of Asia south of Siberia and east of Central Asia, and the bulk of the Pacific Basin, with the exception of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau, which are under the Interamerican Region by way of the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Asia-Pacific Scout Region has witnessed the births and rebirths of national Scout organizations since the region was founded in 1956. Starting with ten founding members, it grew to 27 member countries by 2016, out of which 25 are full-fledged members and two are associate members, encompassing 30 million Scouts. Eight of the 15 largest Scout associations in the world are in the Region. All the formerly communist states of Central Asia and the Soviet Union have developed or are developing Scouting in the wake of the renaissance in the region. For several years, communism repressed Scouting in Afghanistan, where it has newly returned, as well as in Mongolia, which had been the first Soviet satellite state since 1924. On the other hand, the World Scout Committee accepted in 2009 the declaration of Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia of having 17 million members for the census 2008. This has directly affected and changed the membership figure in the region, resulting in an increase of 9 million members, which now stands at a total of 24.7 million in 2009.

Widely separated by uneven resources, cultures, ethnic groups and technological resources, Scouting in the Asia-Pacific Region generally enjoys the respect of the public and by governments, a wide array of volunteers encompassing public and private sectors, and is powered by a small but committed group of professionals in the Scouting service.

The current Regional Chairman is Paul Parkinson of Australia, and the current Regional Director is Jose Rizal Pangilinan of the Philippines.

This region is the counterpart of the Asia Pacific Region of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).


Associate Members of the Asia-Pacific Scout Region include The Scout Association of Macau and the Conseil du Scoutisme polynésien.

Potential member countries include:

The Asia-Pacific Region contains two of the four countries with no Scouting organization, each of which are due to political constraints within the countries.

Suncheon Asia-Pacific Scout Centre.

The Asia-Pacific Silver Jubilee Celebration was held at the regional gathering at the 27th World Scout Conference in Denmark.

APRinbox is the monthly e-newsletter of World Scout Bureau/Asia Pacific Region circulated to Scouts and adult leaders in the global community of the Scout Movement, edited by the Asia Pacific Regional Office in Manila, Philippines.

The Suncheon Asia-Pacific Scout Centre (SAPSC) offers programs in English based on the Scout method of "learning by doing" – a hands-on experiential learning process in the outdoors through young leaders from the National Scout Organizations.

Scout Committee and subcommittees[edit]

The APR Scout Committee shall consist of ten persons from member National Scout Organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region who shall be elected by the conference by secret ballot for a term of six years. The chairman of the Committee is the leader of the region, which is elected between the committee members. The current chairperson is Paul Parkinson from Australia. One of its main functions is to act on behalf of the Conference between its meetings and to appoint subcommittees or study committees as may be needed. There are six subcommittees from 2015 to 2018, which are: Programme, Adult Support, Management, Financial Resources, Scouting Profile and Foundation Management. All the members are nominated from the member NSOs, with the youth representatives, Young Adult Members, who are elected from the Asia-Pacific Regional Youth Forum.[1]

Current members of the Regional Scout Committee[edit]

Post NSO Name Terms
Chairman  Australia Paul Parkinson 2012–2018
Vice-chairman  Philippines Wendel Avisado 2012–2018
Vice-chairman  Japan Reiko Suzuki 2012–2018
Member  Sri Lanka Janaprith Fernando 2012–2018
Member  Thailand Pattaroj Kamonrojsiri 2012–2018
Member  Indonesia Ahmad Rusdi 2015–2021
Member  Maldives Ahmed Ali Maniku 2015–2021
Member  India Bhaidas Ishwar Nagarale 2015–2021
Member  Singapore Chay Hong Leng 2015–2021
Member  Republic of China Ie-Bin Lian 2015–2021

Regional Conference and Summit[edit]

10th Asia Pacific Scout Conference Tehran 1976 stamp.jpg

The APR Scout Conference are held every three years as to gather all the NSOs to deal with the major regional problem. It is the toppest governing body of the region. 22 APR Scout Conference was held in Japan in 2007. The 23rd Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference held from 27 October to 1 November 2009, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia had 440 participants from Asia-Pacific, Africa, Arab, Interamerica, Europe, Eurasia and other organizations. The APR Scout Committee and Sub-committees members are also elected by the conference.[2] The next conference will be held in Bangladesh in 2012. Between Conferences there are APR Scout Leaders' Summit. The last Summit was held in India in 2010.[3]

Regional Youth Forum[edit]

Fifty-seven participants from 17 countries attended the 2004 Asia-Pacific Region Youth Forum in Brunei Darussalam in December 2004. Six Youth advisors were elected and attended the Regional Committee meetings. The Youth Advisers are Edward Cook, Chairman (New Zealand), Eko Andrianto of Indonesia, Netsai Khaimarn of Thailand, In Sun Ryu of Korea, Maiya Twayanabasu of Nepal, and Aaron Wardle (Australia). They advised on helping to organize and manage the next youth forum.

107 participants from 24 countries attended the 6th Asia-Pacific Region Youth Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October 2009. Seven Young Adult Member Group members were elected and they are assigned to the Regional Committee or Sub-committee. The Young Adult Member Group members are Maeedh Mohamed Zahir of Maldives as the new Chairman, Lam Kwok Hei Dicky of Hong Kong, Ari Wijanarko Adipratomo of Indonesia, Seo Ji Eun of Korea, Mohd Hafiz Bin Ariffin of Malaysia, Oliver Lim Zi Kai of Singapore and Krittee Tantivisitkul of Thailand. They advised on helping to organise and manage the next youth forum in Bangladesh in 2012.

Award for Outstanding Scouts[edit]

The project calls for the selection of Outstanding Scouts in the Asia-Pacific Region from among candidates nominated by member NSOs in the region, and the award is to be made at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conferences which are held every three years. This contest started eight years ago at the regional conference in Delhi in 2001, and has become a regular feature of every regional conference. The main purpose of the contest is to enhance the image and visibility of Scouting as an educational movement, and to emphasize its effectiveness in the development of young people at home, in school, and in communities. 5 finalists are invited to attend the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference to be interviewed by a board of judges from among appropriate persons (usually committee members from the Programme Sub-Committee and the Scouting Profile Sub-Committee).[citation needed]

Regional Scout Jamboree[edit]

The Region has run or sponsored region-wide jamborees in its member countries, originally known as Pan-Pacific Jamborees.[4]

Number Host Place Time Other event References
1  Philippines Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna December 28, 1973January 4, 1974 Philippines Golden Jubilee Jamboree [5][6]
2  Iran Nishapur 1977 Used as preparation for the scheduled 15th World Scout Jamboree [7]
3  New Zealand Oamaru January 4, 1978January 11, 1978 8th New Zealand Jamboree / Theme: New Horizons [8][9]
4  Australia Perry Lakes Reserve, Perth, Western Australia December 29, 1979January 7, 1980 12th Australian Jamboree [10][11]
5  Bangladesh Mouchak, Gazipur, Dhaka Division December 30, 1980January 6, 1981 2nd Bangladesh Scout Jamboree [12][13]
6  Indonesia Cibubur, Jakarta June 18, 1981June 25, 1981 6th Gerakan Pramuka Scout Jamboree [14][15]
7  Malaysia Kota Bharu, Kelantan 1982 5th Malaysian Scout Jamboree [16][17][18]
8  South Korea Muju, Jeollabuk-do 1982 6th Korean National Jamboree [19]
9  Thailand - November,1985 11th Thailand Jamboree [20]
10  India Hyderabad 1987 11th Indian National Jamboree [21]
11  New Zealand Mystery Creek, Hamilton January 3, 1990January 11, 1990 12th New Zealand Jamboree [8][22]
12  Philippines Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna 1991 9th Philippines National Jamboree [5][23]
13  Australia Ballarat, Victoria 1992 16th Australian Jamboree [24]
14  Bangladesh Mouchak, Gazipur, Dhaka Division January 5, 1994January 12, 1994 5th Bangladesh National Scout Jamboree [13][25]
15  Australia Perth, Western Australia December 30, 1994January 8, 1995 17th Australian Jamboree [16][24]
16  New Zealand Kepler Farm, Fiordland December 1995January 1996 14th New Zealand Jamboree [8]
17  South Korea Mt. Sorak, Kangwon Province August 7, 1996August 13, 1996 [26][27][28]
18  Malaysia Kem Seri Keluang, Besut, Terengganu August 1, 1997August 8, 1997 9th Malaysia Jamboree [8][16]
19  Australia Ipswich, Queensland January 2, 1998January 11, 1998 18th Australian Jamboree [16][29][30]
20  Republic of China Neipu, Pingtung 1998 8th Taiwan Jamboree (Taiwan) [16][31]
21  South Korea Kosong, Kangwon Province August 7, 2000August 14, 2000 10th Korea National Jamboree [32][33][34]
22  Australia Cataract Scout Park, Sydney, New South Wales January 3, 2001January 12, 2001 19th Australian Jamboree [8][16][35][36]
23  Japan Maishima Sports Island, Osaka Prefecture August 3, 2002August 7, 2002 13th Nippon Jamboree [37][38]
24  South Korea Mt. Sorak, Kangwon Province August 5, 2004August 11, 2004 11th Korea National Jamboree [39][40]
25  Thailand Had Yao, Sattahip December 28, 2005January 3, 2006 No Other Event, 50th anniversary of Asia Pacific Region [8][20][41]
26  Philippines Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna December 28, 2009January 3, 2010 [5]
27  South Korea Suncheon City, Jeolla Province August 4, 2010August 9, 2010 3rd International Patrol [42][43][44]
28  Republic of China Chengcing Lake, Kaohsiung July 11, 2011July 17, 2011 Scouts of China Centenary [45]
29  Sri Lanka Gam Udawa & Kandalama sites Dambulla, Matale District April 1, 2012April 6, 2012 100 Years of Scouting in Sri Lanka [46]
30  Japan Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture July 28, 2013August 7, 2013 16th Nippon Jamboree [47]

Regional Rover Moot[edit]

For older Scouts (traditionally called Rovers or Rover Scouts), the Region has sponsored region-wide Rover Moots. It has not been held already in the Region.

Past Moots include:

  • 1st Asia-Pacific (7th Australian) Rover Moot – Yabamac, Victoria – December 1977 – January 1978
  • 2nd Asia-Pacific (8th Australian) Rover Moot – BP Park, Samford, Queensland – December 1980 – January 1981
  • 3rd Asia-Pacific (4th Republic of China (Taiwan)) Rover Moot – Yangmingshan, Taipei City Republic of China (Taiwan) – 1982
  • 4th Asia-Pacific (9th Australian) Rover Moot – Gowrie Park, Tasmania, Australia – December 1983 – January 1984
  • 5th Asia-Pacific Rover Moot – Christchurch, New Zealand – 1984
  • 6th Asia-Pacific (11th Australian) Rover Moot – Camp Cotter, Canberra Australian Capital Territory, Australia – December 1989 – January 1990
  • 7th Asia-Pacific (12th Australian) Rover Moot – Woodman Point, Perth, Western Australia, Australia – December 1992 – January 1993
  • 8th Asia-Pacific (13th Australian) Rover Moot – Cataract Scout Park, Sydney New South Wales, Australia – December 1995 – January 1996
  • 9th Asia-Pacific Rover Moot – Bangladesh – 1997
  • 10th Asia-Pacific (14th Australian) Rover Moot – Yea, Victoria, Australia – December 1998 – January 1999
  • 11th Asia-Pacific (1st Mongolian) Rover Moot – Mongolia – 1999
  • 12th Asia-Pacific (15th Australian) Rover Moot – Landsborough, Queensland, Australia – December 2001 – January 2002

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "APR Sub-Committees 2015–2018". APR/WSB. 
  2. ^ "23rd APR Scout Conference". APR/WSB. Archived from the original on 30 March 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Silicon city hosts 7th Asia Pacific Scout Leaders Summit". APR/WSB. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  4. ^ John S. Wilson (1959), Scouting Round the World. First edition, Blandford Press. p. 252
  5. ^ a b c About the 26th Asia Pacific Jamboree Archived 13 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ The Philippine Scouting Movement - Martial Law
  7. ^ Necker. ASIA-PACIFIC JAMBOREE IRAN 1977 Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Scouts Reunited Events Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ [ Report of the 20th JOTA]
  10. ^ IVth Asia-Pacific (12th Australian) Jamboree, Perry Lakes, Perth, Dec. 29, 1979 - Jan 7, 1980 : official programme
  11. ^ February 1979 Boy's Life - Scouting around
  12. ^ 5th Asia Pacific & 2nd Bangladesh Scout Jamboree
  13. ^ a b Regular Events
  14. ^ The Indonesia Stamp Museum
  15. ^ List of Indonesia Jamborees
  16. ^ a b c d e f Jamborees Asia Pacific Jamborees Archived 15 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Scout Jamboree Kelantan stamps
  19. ^ the History of Korea Scout Association
  20. ^ a b Scout Thailand Milestones Archived 12 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ Sigmah National Wants
  22. ^ 12 New Zealand Jamboree Mystery Creek, Hamilton - January 3 to 11
  23. ^ Oval Patch12TH ASIA PACIFIC JAMBOREE 9TH NATIONAL JAMBOREE BSP, MAKILING, PHILIPPINES 1991 Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ a b 1st Berowra Scout Group - Australian Jamborees
  25. ^ Stamps issued for 14th Asia Pacific/5th Bangladesh National Scout Jamboree
  26. ^ Korean Boy Scout Uniforms
  27. ^ 17th Asia-Pacific Jamboree - SOSSI Philatelic Patches
  28. ^ 17th Asia Pacific postcard
  30. ^ Worldwide events
  32. ^ 21st Asia-Pacific 10th Korea National Jamboree - SOSSI Philatelic Patches
  33. ^ International Scouting Events for 2000 Archived 2 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  34. ^ 이브닝스페셜 Archived 11 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  35. ^ Archived Final Manual Section 1 AJ2001
  37. ^ 23rd ASIA-PACIFIC/13th NIPPON JAMBOREE Jamboree Bulletin No. 2 (June 2002) Archived 30 October 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  38. ^ New Scout and Guide Issues 2002
  39. ^ Circular 18, Series of 2003 Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  40. ^ Zimbabwe at Jamborees, expeditions, camps... Archived 18 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  41. ^ 25th Asia Pacific Regional Jamboree Archived 10 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  42. ^ 27th Asia-pacific Jamboree & 3rd International Patrol Jamboree Archived 22 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  43. ^ 27th Asia Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree
  44. ^ 27th Asia Pacific Jamboree – 3rd International Patrol Jamborette
  45. ^ SOCJul2001 Centenary Jamboree Basic Info Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  46. ^ 29th APR Jamboree Archived 20 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  47. ^ scheduling database Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

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