Throughout its history, Scouting has inspired its millions of members to make a difference – applying their leadership to creating a better world.
Scouts do some amazing things, from simple community actions to large-scale projects such as preventing bullying in schools in the UK, helping street gangs in El Salvador to reduce violence, cleaning up a playground in Texas and planting millions of trees all over Africa. In some of the most difficult conflict areas in the world – Kashmir, Israel/Palestine, Rwanda/Burundi and Northern Ireland, to name a few –Scouts are coming together in local communities to make a difference. Adding all this together Scouts, as part of a global Movement, are making the world a more peaceful place.
Observing this excellent work, the King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah and the King of Sweden, King Carl Gustaf came together to recognise Scouts as “Messengers of Peace”. They believe that the work Scouts are doing is so impressive, and that Scouting needs to be recognised for its contribution to worldpeace, and be supported to do even more.
World Scouting’s Messengers of Peace Initiative, launched by the World Scout Committee in 2011, aims to inspire the millions of Scouts who are doing amazing things in their local communities to tell the world about it, and thus inspire other Scouts to do even more. Any Scout project that brings a positive change in a community - its health, environment, social circumstances, safety or addresses conflict – is a Messengers of Peace project.
The Messengers of Peace Global Network
Here on scout.org, Scouts from all over the world can showcase their Messengers of Peace (MoP) projects, and also share them on other social media platforms. They can meet online to exchange ideas, tell their stories and work together to inspire each other. The MoP Network is driven by Scout volunteers based in each Region and is available to all, Scouts and non-Scouts, who are running local service and peace projects. To sign up for the Network, please click here.
To show the amount of work that is being done through these MoP projects, the time spent by all the Scouts in a project is added together – so when ten Scouts build a children’s playground, spending 20 hours each, the 200 hours of service are logged onto the platform. The first hour of service was registered in October 2012, and since then the number has kept ticking upward at an inspirational rate.
The Messengers of Peace Support Fund
Most projects carried out by Scouts are funded locally, or don’t cost money. However, sometimes funding support is needed to make a project happen or help take a small project and make it bigger. For more information about the Messengers of Peace Support Fund, contact your National Scout Office and read the fund guidelines.