7 ways Scouts amazed us in 2021
All for one and one for all! Scouts continue to prove that when we each do our part we can achieve great things. Here are seven ways Scouts amazed us in 2021:
- Scouts reached over 2 BILLION hours of community service
In 2021, we reached over 2 billion hours of service towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)! Through projects like planting mangroves, ensuring food security, creating more accessible communities and responding to natural disasters, Scouts logged more than 500 million hours this year alone through #Scouts4SDGs.
We’re well on our way to achieving our target of delivering 4 billion hours of service towards peace and sustainable development by 2030. Want to add your hours towards the world’s largest youth contribution to the SDGs? Click “Take Action” at sdgs.scout.org
- Solomon Islands Scouts joined our global Movement
The Solomon Islands Scout Association joined the Scout Movement, growing our membership to 172 National Scout Organizations around the world.
Their 500 members and 50 Scout Leaders joined our community of 57 million Scout brothers and sisters worldwide. By 2025, SISA aims to reach 3,000 members!
- Scouts and Bear Grylls called for urgent climate action at COP26
An international Scout delegation attended COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, in Glasgow this year. The delegation of Scouts from seven nations were joined by Bear Grylls, Chief Ambassador of World Scouting.
Throughout COP26, Scouts met with political figures and negotiators, participated in panel discussions, spoke with media, and joined activists to call on world leaders to develop policies that protect people and nature, and commit urgently to reducing climate change.
- 2,300 Scouts joined the largest-ever World Scout Conference
While we missed seeing each other in-person, the virtual setting enabled us to host the largest World Scout Conference & Youth Forum in the Movement’s history! The Conference counted 2,300 participants from nearly all Member Organizations, while the Youth Forum gathered 700 young people.
This means more National Scout Organizations and young leaders were able to participate in decision-making and learning, as we look ahead to three more years of progress for recovery, sustainability and impact before we meet in Egypt for the next Conference.
- 25 Scouts became Messengers of Peace Heroes
The 2021 Messengers of Peace Hero Awards took place online in December, recognising the outstanding service and community projects led by 25 Scouts and Scout Groups.
The 2021 ceremony was special, as we marked 10 years of community engagement and impact through the Messengers of Peace initiative, including a total of 104 Heroes awarded in 54 countries since 2011!
- Young people led COVID-19 recovery efforts
Thousands of young people gathered for the virtual Global Youth Summit in April to take action for a fair and sustainable pandemic recovery, including issues related to education, employment, mental health and gender-based violence. Read the resulting Unlock the Future Declaration here.
- Musician AY Young teamed up with Scouts to promote sustainability
AY Young’s Scouting journey inspired him to find a way to produce music using renewable energy. He founded the Battery Tour, a solar-powered concert he takes on the road, encouraging concert-goers to create a better world.
In 2021, World Scouting started working with AY to encourage more young people to get involved in #Scouts4SDGs. AY performed a live virtual concert for participants at the 14th World Scout Youth Forum, joined as a special guest on JOTA-JOTI Live, met up with Scouts at COP26, appeared on Instagram Live, and continues to spread the values of Scouting throughout his work as an artist and activist with the @batterytour.
We know there were many more amazing Scout achievements this year, so please share them in the comments! Let’s celebrate 2021 and keep our momentum going for a successful year ahead.
To help support community projects led by Scouts, consider making a small donation to a project on the Scout Donation Platform, a dedicated crowdfunding space for young people looking to better their communities!
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