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Baden Powell wrote in the very first scout book, “ …peace scouts are real men in every sense of the word.”


World  Scouting has a program called, Messengers of peace. Over 5,000 Scouts from 93 countries were present at an international peace camp to launch the program.


The recent world jamboree in Sweden promoted the peace initiative to 40,000 Scouts from 150 countries.


All peace is local peace. Voyageurs council has an opportunity to participate in the world peace initiative by signing up online to register a peace project. This is a great opportunity for eagle projects.


You are welcome to contact the international representative, Pat Madden, with questions and assistance. Judgem4@hotmail.com


 

Messengers of Peace


I am writing this on the flight home from a most incredible journey to Saudi Arabia to participate in the launch of World Scouting’s new initiative, “Messengers of PeaceExternal Link.”  

I was honored to have been invited to be a part of this launch and am truly excited about the program’s potential to help change the world.

Over 5,000 Scouts from 93 nations were on hand for an “International Peace Camp” and participated in the launch event in the stadium at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology. It was a moving and uplifting event that focused on the notion that the more than 30 million Scouts around the world can, indeed, make a difference in attitudes about peace.

The aim of the Messengers of Peace initiative is “to inspire millions of young men and women throughout the world to work for the cause of Scouting: Creating a better world.” Scouts throughout the world work for peace in their communities in one way or another every day - solving conflict in school by preventing bullying, doing projects for others that make their communities better, and by those actions positively impacting attitudes and outlooks about relationships, the environment, and many other social issues.



For the BSA to connect with this program, it doesn't require anything more than encouraging our Scouts to go online and register their community service projectExternal Link - especially Eagle projects - so they become a part of the global network of projects being posted on Google Maps and in other social networking sites. As Scouts around the globe post their projects, other Scouts can visit the maps pageExternal Link, put their cursor on a pin, and see the name of a Scout and a description of their project. It will be a very powerful thing to see what their fellow Scouts around the world are doing to make their communities better.


In addition to registering their project, our Scouts will earn a recognition piece acknowledging them as a Messenger of Peace. They will also be encouraged to participate in an ever-widening circle of dialogue on the subject of peace and what impact healthy communities have on peace in the world.    

The second element of this initiative will not affect us directly, but will be a powerful adjunct to this global effort. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has made a $37 million contribution to the World Scout Foundation to be used as grants to national Scout organizations to fund Scouting community projects designed to make a real impact on the quality of life in communities. The impact of these funds on many Scout organizations that would not otherwise be able to tackle some of these projects will be huge.

We are now in the process of organizing a small committee and preparing the materials you will need to help communicate this effort to your Scouts and leaders. I sincerely hope you will embrace this effort and help encourage participation among your Scouts and Scouters. I am convinced that, with a minimum of extra effort, we can breathe life into this important project. 

To me, the magic of this program is that it allows us to connect the dots between what our Scouts already do … to the reality that they are part of a much larger picture. Their efforts, along with those of their fellow Scouts around the globe, can be a powerful force for good.

Thank you in advance for your support of this effort. 

Bob

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