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Scouting is a worldwide movement working to develop the character and skills of the youth.

Sunday, December 8, 2013


"The Scout Movement is a world leader in educating youth. Scouting inspires patriotism, sound moral values, courage, character-building, self-reliance and community awareness. It also motivates our young people to achieve their full potential." - Nelson Rolihlala Mandela (1918-2013)

South Africa’s anti apartheid icon, Nobel prize laureate and a great supporter of Scouting, Nelson Mandela
- passed away on 06 December 2013. Scouts from around the world have received this news with great sadness.
Known dearly as Madiba, Nelson Mandela was the Patron of South Africa Scout Association.
Scott Teare, the Secretary General of WOSM said: 
“He is and will remain a great inspiration for all Scouts around the world. Today, over 40 million Scouts join the rest of the world in mourning for this great loss and we pray for his soul to rest in peace.”
Source: www.scout.org
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

An aerial runway is a rope slide that stretches between two fixed points, and is angled sufficiently to enable a pulley block to slide down its length using gravity as its only source of propulsion. The aim is to move a person from point A to point B, often over some kind of obstruction, such as a ravine, piece of water, rough ground or similar. The 'rider' will go to the start point, is secured into the seat and then lets the pulley slide down the course of the runway until it reaches its finish point, where the 'rider' dismounts. 

If the intended users construct the runway it will require knowledge of pioneering skills, rope work, teamwork and physical dexterity. The use of the runway provides an exciting activity for young people and adults alike, and has a similar thrill factor to those experienced at theme park rides. 

Often constructed at campsites where the appropriate equipment is available, an aerial runway can be raised on any piece of open ground where suitable anchorage can be found.

A slight variation on the same principles is the bosun's chair which is used to transfer people and equipment across two points that are at the same height, eg between two ships. 

How to run/provide aerial runway

There are 2 ways of running Aerial runway in Scouting. These are:




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Abseiling is a form of descending from a height using a rope. This activity is usually undertaken on rockface or a man made structure.

How to run/provide abseiling

There are 3 ways of running Abseiling in Scouting. These are:
  1. Scout-led activity - running abseiling yourself or using someone else in Scouting
  2. Externally-led activity - running abseiling using an external provider
  3. Activity for adult groups - running abseiling for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Bodies for abseiling are:
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Saturday, May 11, 2013


During the current visit of the regional team to Timor Leste, the team met with the Patron of the Scout Association and President of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste His Excellency Taur Matan Ruak at his office together with the key leaders of the national scout organization, Uniao Nacional dos Escuteiros de Timor Leste (UNE-TL) from 7th to 10th May 2013, finding ways to strengthen the ongoing partnership being undertaken to keep Scouting in the country in progression.

The President appreciated the support of the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and Scouts Australia, and acknowledged the efforts facilitated to improve the present Scout membership of Timor Leste (TL).
The regional team is comprised of Scouts Australia Chief Commissioner Mr Reg Williams, National Chief Executive and APR Scouting Profile Sub-Committee Chairman Mr Richard Miller and Regional Director Mr Abdullah Rasheed, who are in Dili, capital and largest city of TL.

Scouts Australia, with the request of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee has been partly supporting TL through the Messengers of Peace programme for further development that will empower TL to meet the criteria for WOSM membership. Since 2005, the country had established the National Scout Organization and elected group of officers, though the challenge of further adult training and establishing a national office still unresolved.
At the beginning of the visit, the regional team met with the President of the Scout Association Ms Idelta Maria Rodrigues at her office and discussed the actions to be taken to strengthen Scouting in TL and establish a Scout office, which is currently operating in Becora, Dili. Joining the discussion were Chief Commissioner Mr. Mateus Maya de Jesus, International Commissioner Ms. Filomena Barros dos Reis, Chief Executive Mr. Isolino Vas de Alegria S.G Amaral and Adult Resources Commissioner Mr. Angelino Melo da Acosta.
The regional team joined the Deputy Minister of Education in inaugurating the community project done by Scouts Australia with the help of a number of Australian partners led by the Chairman of the Rover Council of Scouts Australia Ms. Nicole Strachan who have put up the toilet block in a local school also in Dili.Recently, a group of adult leaders underwent specific training and formed a national training team. Among the main discussions tackled were the need for a full-time staff to handle day-to-day office work; need for free hold land for the national Scout training centre; need to complete the annual census and annual reporting. On the possibility of acquiring land for the training centre, the team made an ocular visit to a one hectare of land in Metinaro, accompanied by the Vice-President of the association Mr Carlos, which is about 25 km outside Dili -- considered a suitable land for future Scout training centre.


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The newly formed National Scout Youth Council (NSYC) of the Scout Association of Maldives organized a blood donation camp to mark the National Thalassemia Day to promote and foster a culture of blood donation and encourage new donors to come forward. The event held on 4th May 2013 at the Central Blood Bank was in collaboration with the Maldivian Blood Services.

With Maldives, being a country with high number of thalassemia, NYSC recent efforts is to promote blood donation and increase the members of the current donor pool.
A total of 108 volunteers, out of which 64 passed the blood screening. Out of the 64, 44 were first time donors.
NSYC was formed on the 1st National Scout Youth Forum held last November 2012.
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Monday, May 6, 2013


South Sudan Scout Association Emblem

The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) welcomes South Sudan as its latest member. The membership became official on 1 May 2013. The National Scout Organization, South Sudan Scout Association will be ceremonially welcomed at the 40th World Scout Conference in Slovenia (2014). World Scouting is one of the first global youth organisations to accept the full memebership of South Sudan

Scouting was active since the 50s as part of Sudanese Scouting. After independence of South Sudan, 7 groups out of 10 states met and held elections of a constitutive Board to establish the new National Scout Organization recognized by the national authorities and submit an application to become a member of WOSM. In accordance with the requirements of the Constitution of WOSM, the World Scout Committee considered this application at its meeting on 28 September–1 October 2012, and recommended that it be accepted following due constitutional procedures.

South Sudan Scout Association today:

• About 2,000 members and covers all the 10 states of the country.
• Good experience on community services like polio eradication campaign; sensitization against river blindness; burying the dead and healing the wounded during the war; tree planting and canal building, going to hospitals, cleaning campaigns, leprosy elimination, first aid, etc.
• The Association has been working on its policies and strategic plan – drafts of its Youth Policy (including child protection), the Association Strategic plan and programmes are under development.
• Strong support by Government and local authorities, community reliance on Scouting, families seem very proud to be parents of Scouts.
• Leadership and management teams comprised of people of high calibre, an excellent approach regarding youth participation, gender balance as well as religious, languages and ethnic origins.
• Already a partnership with neighbors  NSOs (Uganda, Kenya and Sudan) to get more exposure and is planning to attend wood badge training there
• The South Sudan Scout Association has relatively decent headquarters and a number of properties.
Fast Facts about South Sudan
• The total Population of South Sudan is 8.26 million
• The total Area of South Sudan is 644,329 sq. km
• More than half (51%) of the population is below the age of eighteen.
• 72% of the population is below the age of thirty
• 83% of the population is rural
• 27% of the adult population is literate
• 51% of the population live below the poverty line
• 78% of households depend on crop farming or animal husbandry as their primary source of livelihood
• 55% of the population has access to improved sources of drinking water
The Constitution of the South Sudan Scout Association has been checked thoroughly and approved by the Constitution Committee of WOSM. A fact-finding visit by a World Scouting team to South Sudan was undertaken from 5th to 9th November 2012. The conclusion was that the South Sudan Scout Association fully meets the requirements for admission to WOSM membership.
In becoming a Member of WOSM, South Sudan Scout Association has become, as it desired, a member of the Africa Scout Region and will also be supported by the Arab Scout Region due the linguistic reality of the country. The Association operates in English and Arabic (7/10 states are Arabic speaking but English is the official language of the country).

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On Saturday April 6 was held a banquet to celebrate the centenary of Scouting in The Bahamas. The event had a large share of people belong and have belonged to The Scout Association of The Bahamas, plus personalities of other youth organizations (Boys Brigade, Girl Guides) and local government.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bangladesh Scouts mobilized Rovers and Leaders in finding survivors after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, Bangladesh on 24th April 2013 which claimed over 300 lives and severely injured hundreds of others. Death toll is expected to rise for many are still missing.

Savar is a sub-district about 45 kilometers from Dhaka and is known to be a place for clothing factories for years.
Upon learning the tragedy, Bangladesh Scouts took the initiative to rescue people from the disaster site in coordination with the Bangladesh Defense Force, Red Crescent Society and the locals. Aside from rescue work, other Rovers are donating blood.

-- Md.Toufiq Ali, APR Honorary Correspondent, Bangladesh Scouts


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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

J.R. Pangilinan
In agreement with the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee, Scott Teare, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, has appointed Mr. J. Rizal Pangilinan, 50 years old, from Morong, Rizal, Philippines, as the new Regional Director for the World Scout Bureau Asia-Pacific Regional Office.
J. Rizal Pangilinan – known to many as “J.R.” – will take over from Abdullah Rasheed in July 2013.
J.R. Pangilinan previously held the position of Director, Programme & Community Development at the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of the WSB before returning to the Boy Scouts of the Philippines where he served as Director of Field Operations, Assistant Secretary General and, since 2003, Secretary General.
J.R. holds a Master of Arts degree with a major in Administration and Supervision. He also holds the rank of Commander in the Philippines Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Throughout his career, J.R. has developed and maintained a strong network both regionally and internationally.
Having spent more than 20 years serving Scouting, J.R. received the Loyalty Award from the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in 2009 and the Gold USA Award in 2012. He also holds numerous awards from other National Scout Organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region.
We extend a warm welcome to J.R. Pangilinan as he prepares to take up his new responsibilities for World Scouting.
We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks and best wishes to Abdullah Rasheed for his involvement in World Scouting notably in the Asia-Pacific Region during the last 11 years.
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