“Peaceful 2012”, the Camp
Following these different activities, the Scouts of Georgia organised a Scout camp called “Peaceful 2012”. From July 17th to July 23rd, 100 participants from different parts of the country gathered to learn more about Scouting and enjoy outdoor life and activities.
Working in small groups, the participants of Peaceful 2012 went through trainings on Peace education, Environmental protection, First Aid and Scout skills.
The participants also took part in hiking, sports activities, orienteering and team building games, which further enriched the camp life providing them with meaningful and pleasant experiences.
These were the thoughts expressed by Anano Burdiladze, Tbilisi Green School student who participated in Peaceful 2012 camp: “This camp was the best experience of my life. I learnt how brave and responsible Scouts are, being ready to help others and to bring benefits to the public with their activities. Scouting helps us develop as good citizens, tolerant to other cultures, traditions and mentalities. I have realised that, by protecting our environment and by volunteering in social activities, we ensure peace and a better future for our country and for the World.”
“I have been so excited after this camp. I want to be a good Scout, ready to help others and to spread around Scout ideas. I liked the work in small groups and the trainings we had in the camp. Hiking was also great, since we explored so many beautiful places and learnt about flora and fauna of our country. I promise to be a good Scout and to serve as a Messenger of Peace in my city and everywhere”, said Dachi Tsomaia, European School student.
Iverioni school student, Kote Kiknavelidze expressed herself to say, “I’m so happy to have learnt about Scouting. This camp was really a Peace Camp for me; I now understand that peace is not only a political issue, but also an everyday life matter. This Scout camp taught me that we all are responsible for peace in our souls, our families, our cities, our countries and in the world”.
Through the Peaceful 2012 camp, links that did not exist before were created between the young participants and a strong interest for Scouting had taken root amongst the non-Scouts. Supported by the Messengers of Peace initiative, the Scouts of Georgia had the opportunity to promote Scouting in a different context alongside the primary motive of capitalising on youth as a force to address critical issues such as violence amongst youth in Georgia.