The Hong Kong Scouting has resumed in-person activities for almost three months. Thanks to your cooperation and support, the operation have by and large been smooth. It is heartening to see enthusiastic frontline leaders busy organising gatherings and trainings for youth members who do not only enjoy the events but also look forward to more. My gratitude goes beyond words for the time and efforts spent by Scout leaders as well as the sponsors which have teamed up with us.
During the initial stage of our resumption of in-person activities, I have visited several school sponsoring bodies and youth organisations to strengthen ties and exchange views on the future development of the Scout Movement. Meanwhile, I have visited the five regions one after another to meet frontline leaders and chat with young members. Through such sessions I can keep my fingers on the pulse for better and timely back-up for the leaders in the field.
Bearing in mind our Association’s overall needs, we will prioritise your feasible proposals for implementation. In particular, there has been a popular demand to apply information technologies to streamline administrative routines. The Information and Communication Technology Task Force has already explored possible solutions.
It has also been raised that our Association should encourage Scout members to vaccinate. As a voluntary organisation for the development of young people, we have been meticulous in promoting safe from harm in Scouting. I urge Scout leaders who are fit for inoculation to consider taking the jabs to build a safe Scouting environment for our members.
The Scout Movement has never been defined by race, religion, culture or wealth. I expect every one of us to live the concept of diversity and inclusion by caring for the community and the people around us. We should set positive examples by offering proper support to the needy. As Scouts, it is imperative for us to reach out to youngsters of different backgrounds with more opportunities for them to participate in Scouting, advance the Scout spirit and promote civil education. Our aim is to nurture more young people who love our society and our nation.
At the same time, we should set our eyes on the world to play an active role in international Scouting. The 42nd World Scout Conference will start in mid-August. Scout representatives from all corners of the world will put their heads together in this biggest online conference. Two young leaders instrumental in promoting the local Scout Movement will participate in this historic assembly. Venture Scout Addison Ng Koon-tat of the 15th Hong Kong Group will be a candidate for Youth Advisor to the World Scout Committee, while Assistant Headquarters Commissioner of International Branch CHENG Mori Chi-kin will compete for a 2021-2024 position in the World Scout Committee.
Last but not least, I hope the pandemic will soon come to an end so that we can resume our training and overseas exchange programmes as soon as possible. Hopefully, this will happen in time for all of us to experience the fruitful Scouting way of life to be embodied in the large scale commemorative events of the 110th Anniversary of the founding of the Hong Kong Scout Movement.