Last Friday 23 April was Saint George’s Day. It was a special day for some 50 million members of the Scout Movement all over the world as Saint George was the Patron Saint of Scouting.
Under the prolonged pandemic, we have not been able to conduct Scout meetings, trainings and organise activities over the past year. Nevertheless, our leaders have upheld Saint George’s belief in perseverance and banded together to come up with a wide range of online programmes to unite members and keep Scouting alive in adversity. On behalf of the Association, I would like to thank all leaders for your efforts during this difficult time.
Following the gradual resumption of classes by the Education Bureau, we are planning to fully resume our much anticipated face-to-face Scout activities in phases in May.
As you may have noticed some recent news reports on our Association, I would like to take this opportunity to address your concerns.
As regards the 1st Administrator Advanced Course on 27 March, proper anti-coronavirus measures had been enforced for the entire training programme. The participants had declared their health conditions, checked their body temperatures, worn face masks and used hand sanitizers, etc. Even so, it could have been better arranged on that day. We might have considered to postpone or cancel the graduation dinner although it has long been one of the essential components of advanced courses in the woodbadge training. We have learnt from this incident that we should prepare more comprehensively for training programmes in future.
Regarding the incident at the Chinese restaurant of the Commissioners’ Club on 10 April, although it was a private event, after all, some of the Scout members were present in their personal capacity and it has taken place in a dining venue at the Hong Kong Scout Centre. We therefore take this incident seriously. We expect our members to follow the disease prevention measures at any time and the contractors in our premises to be law-abiding. Meanwhile, the Association will fully cooperate with the Government authorities in the investigation. I will share the details when there is any further progress or result.
Lately, there was a news reporting that one of our Scout leaders had resigned from his post because of disappointment. It has been regrettable and distressing for me. I always respect and treasure each and every one of our members and am grateful to their contribution to the Scout Movement. I hope they will continue to participate and contribute to the Movement. Recently, I met with that leader, listened to him and let him know that we value each member’s opinion. In the near future, I will meet with different tiers of leaders in person in order to strengthen communications with them and try our best to provide more effective support to the frontline leaders. You are welcome to share your opinions with me or with your Regional / District Commissioners at any time.
Scout Association of Hong Kong is a family of nearly 100,000 members. As the management, we will listen with an open mind and plan meticulously and act cautiously to be prepared for the resumption of normal activities and for the common good of the Scouts.
We take it to heart that the success of the Scout Movement hinges on the support of our leaders. Let us close ranks to take our next steps forward steadily and in the right direction for both the Scouts and Hong Kong at large.
Hope that we will continue to accompany each other in our Scout ventures!