We took up the C3 challenge from our County Commissioner - Community, Collaboration and Creativity - and channeled it into a Peace project involving local links and a global focus...
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have all engaged in the project at their suitable levels, with Young Leader Explorers and Leaders and parents all fully involved.
For International Peace Day we made Pinwheels for Peace in the town, supported by the In Bloom group, who shared their floral tubs with us for the day. We also held an open session at the Library, to hear the story of Sadako and the 1,000 cranes and make origami cranes. We have been joined by Kirkbymoorside Rainbows and Brownies and children from the town's churches, and are in the process of making 1,000 cranes to send to the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima.
We made our own peace pole, with wood donated by our local sawmill. Everybody in the scout group was involved in choosing the languages and doing the stencilling. Scouts have also sent out peace e-cards to UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls and Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, and others. In preparation for the peace pole planting ceremony, Scouts wrote prayers for peace; Cubs wrote acrostic Peace poems; and Beavers made candle holders.
Scouts have found out about world agencies involved in promoting peace and are making desk-top peace poles.
We chose Yorkshire dialect as one of the 'languages' on the pole. The 'translation' was done for us by a local expert and we will be exploring the dialect further when he comes to talk to us next month.
Joining with our local Environment Group, and to emphasise our connection with the Millennium Garden, where the peace pole has been planted, we picked apples in the garden and made freshly pressed apple-juice
We held a Peace March yesterday evening and planted the Peace Pole, joining with the local churches and many people from the town for the ceremony. New Beavers, Cubs and Scouts made their Promise beside the peace pole. After candles were lit, radiating out from the the peace pole, each person present said the word for 'peace' in different languages from around the world, and then we prayed and sang together.
It was a very special and moving evening, and it is wonderful that scouts in our small, rural English town are now connected to a global network of peace poles. May Peace Prevail On Earth.
(1st Kirkbymoorside Scout Group, Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, UK)