The Messengers of Peace Heroes Award was created in 2012 to recognise exceptional Scouts, volunteers and professionals for their outstanding work in creating a better world. The award acknowledges and recognises efforts and contribution to community development, promotion of dialogue, relief in times of need and the promotion of peace values as active citizens through service actions. Each one of these extraordinary scouts that have taken action in one of these fields is considered a Messenger of Peace hero.
Each year, heroes are highlighted with a prize and ceremony to inspire other scouts to pursue great community service.
Who can be a Messengers of Peace Hero?
- Grassroots Scouts between the ages of 16 and 26
- Scouts who have made a significant contribution to the culture of peace or community development at the local or national level
- 1 male and 1 female per Region
- Nominees can have completed service actions individually or as one member of a project team
- Nominees can be selected to represent an individual or a group effort
- Must be endorsed by their NSO/NSA
Heroes are selected based on the following criteria
- Projects and actions inspired by Messengers of Peace, Scouts of the World, World Scout Environment Programme, Dialogue for Peace and any other regional or national Scout initiative
- Projects must have taken place (or be currently ongoing) in the last 24 months
- Demonstrated impact of their service project or action in the community
- Demonstrated participation of the Scout or Scout group in the development and implementation of the project or action
Final decision by a selection committee comprised of Scouts, former MoP Heroes, WSB staff from the Regional and Global level