See you in Taiwan!
by Chooi Yew Tzen and Aaron Bryan Lopez
Delegates of the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference unanimously agreed to hold the 2021 Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference in Taiwan.
With the theme “Scouting: Integrated Versatility,” which would reflect the Asia-Pa cific Region’s intent to cherish diversity and focus on unity to achieve common goals, the Conference will be held on the 25th to 30th of October 2021 in Taiwan at Hall 2, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre (TaipeiEx), an imposing purpose-built exhibition complex in Nangang District, Taipei. Hall 2 is an addition to TaipeiEx and expected to be open next March.
The Conference hotel would be the “Courtyard by Marriott Hotel” (Courtyard Taipei), which lies between the 7th to 30th floor of the building where the Nangang MRT, Taiwan High Speed Rail, and Taiwan Railway and Transportation meet. It is within a five-minute drive from TaipeiEx. The hotel lies between TaipeiEx and Taipei Taoyuan International Airport.
The rates are USD320 per person for delegates and observers, USD300 per person for those interested in the “accompanying persons” program and USD125 for youth participants.
Contact Scouts of China (Taiwan) Deputy Secretary General Chang Wen Shing at email email@example.com or call +886 (0) 2 2740 1336 for more information.
Delegates also decided to award the hosting of the 32nd Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree 2021 in Bangladesh Scouts. The Jamboree will be held 11th to 19th of December, 2021 at Patenga, Chittagong. The Jamboree site faces the Bay of Bengal.
The host organising committee, in Operation Bijoy, will sponsor 50 underprivileged Scouts from applicant countries to attend the Jamboree. The rates are USD250 per youth participant, Scout Leader and IST, USD10 per person for daily visitors, and USD75 per day for Scouting guests seeking accommodations to stay a maximum of three days and two nights on Jamboree grounds or USD30 per day for those staying for one day.
Bus transportation will be provided to ferry participants arriving at Shah Amanat International Airport or Chittagong Railway or Bus Station. Bangladesh had previously hosted the 5th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree 1981 and 14th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree 1994.
The subsequent Jamboree, the 33rd Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree 2025 was awarded to Korea Scout Association (KSA). The Jamboree is envisioned to be held at a location that is reflective of a unified Korea. More information will be released progressively. KSA is also hosting the 25th World Scout Jamboree 2023 which will be held at Saemangeum with the theme “Draw Your Dream.”
The 13th Asia-Pacific Rover Moot will be happening together with the 21st Australian Rover Moot, with the theme “Creating Better Rovers” or CBR, which also stand for Canberra where the Rover Moot will take place.
The 16th World Scout Moot in 2021 expects to have 500 International Patrols, Tribes, or Groups, 5,000 participants, 36 trails, and various IST opportunities. Preview of the Moot included aligning it with the Better World Framework, and sights including urban Dublin and the wilderness of Ireland. The presentation ended with the Irish Scouts saying “Feiceanntú in Éirinn… Magkita-kita tayo sa Ireland!” which means “See you in Ireland!” spoken both in Irish Gaelic and Filipino languages.
The 24th World Scout Jamboree 2019 will be held in the State of West Virginia in the United States of America. The venue will be the Summit Bechtel Reserve, owned by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It is designed to be the world’s most sustainable Scouting center.
The said Jamboree is a collective effort of these three NSOs in North America: BSA, Scouts Canada, and the Association of Scouts of Mexico. Running with the theme “Unlock a New World,” this WSJ will show a new perspective on the Scout Movement.