A Culture of Peace
Open to all and built of friendship, Scouting encourages a culture of peace through the personal commitment of its members and the collective commitment of the movement. Contributing to the spirit of peace, Scouting promotes respect for others and the environment, diversity of cultures, as well as intercultural training around the world.
WOSM and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) launched an external role-play game called “Raid Cross” in September 2005 aimed at heightening Scouts’ awareness of the norms and principles of international humanitarian law.
In response to human rights violations, Scouts in Bolivia drew up a manifesto for peace and human rights and took part in educational events aimed at promoting a fairer and more equal society.
The Great Lakes is a vast region in the heart of Africa linking Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo through a common past and future even though they have different traditions, languages and destinies. Amahoro Amani is a project targeted at young people from these three countries, and over the next two years, aims to help them play an essential role in re-establishing peace in the region.
The civil war and violence in El Salvador have resulted in an ever-growing number of young people joining gangs. The Scout Association of El Salvador thought that young people needed a better way to express themselves, and so developed the concept of "Solidarity Brigades".
Imagine a three-master sailing in the Middle East with a crew of young people from all over the Mediterranean, Israelis and Palestinians, Turks and Cypriots. They are the Sailors for Peace, who took part in a unique project for young people aged between 18 and 25 from youth movements of every type of political and religious persuasion that was organised by the World Organization of the Scout Movement in the summer of 1999.