Messengers of Peace
Have you or your Scout Group been involved in something that has helped to Create A Better World within your local community?
If you have you’re a Messenger of Peace, and you’re one of millions worldwide.
Messengers of Peace is a global initiative, launched by the World Organisation of the Scouting Movement (WOSM), based on the WOSM slogan of Creating a Better World. Envisioned in 2010 by His Majesty King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, its aim is to create a better world globally by acting locally. Through the Messengers of Peace Online Platform, it aims to connect people from every National Scouting Organisation (NSO) through the sharing of peace projects.
There is also a fund which is available to provide financial resources for service projects and Scouting initiatives, this helps enable Scouts in poorer countries to implement the types of vital projects that can change communities for the better.
Scouts Australia is lucky to have received financial support for two projects to date, the Timor-Leste Projects and the Breaking the Cycle: Bullying, it’s Not a Part of Scouting. If you’re interested in finding out more about the fund, contact the International Commissioner.
If something you have done has helped to create a better world for at least one person, it can be classified as a Messenger of Peace project. Projects can be absolutely anything, from something as small as helping to pick up rubbish at your local beach, to something bigger like volunteering overseas.
Would you like to share your stories with Scouts from around the world? Write a short article and upload it to the Messengers of Peace Online Platform, www.scout.org, once uploaded people all around the world can read about your projects. You can also visit the platform to get inspiration for how you can take action in your local community, and if you put a project online, it may inspire other Scouts around the world.
Read about some projects completed by Australian Scouts:
- Promoting a volunteering culture in Cambodia
- NSW Bushfire Appeal
- Scouting for the disadvantaged
- Australian Rovers ride for humanity
- Training with the Fiji Scout Association
Those who have taken a leading role, and participated in a project as well as shared their story online are eligible to apply to purchase a special Messengers of Peace Scarf, only available upon application. To read about applying for a scarf, click here.
To read about what Scouts have been doing internationally, check out the stories posted on the Messengers of Peace Online Platform.
If you are interested in finding out more information about sharing your story with the greater Scouting Community, please don’t hesitate to contact Johnathan Morey at firstname.lastname@example.org.