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Indian Waters Council - Boy Scouts of America - Columbia, South Carolina
Messengers Of Peace through the BSA

Messengers of Peace

Contact Lorie McGraw Indian Waters Council International Representative internationalscouts@gmail.com

Program Overview:
Launched in September 2011, Messengers of Peace is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women in more than 220 countries and territories to work toward peace. Using state-of-the-art social media, the initiative lets Scouts from around the world share what they've done and inspire fellow Scouts to undertake similar efforts in their own communities. The initiative is inspired by the World Scout Committee, administered by the World Scout Bureau, and driven by youth volunteers worldwide.

Messengers of Peace encompass projects and initiatives in three dimensions:

 

  1. The personal dimension: harmony, justice, and equality
  2. The community dimension: peace as opposed to hostility or violent conflict
  3. Relationships between humankind and its environment: security, social and economic welfare, and relationship with the environment
Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a project that has had a significant impact on the community in any one of the three dimensions above can qualify as a Messenger of Peace.

Submitting Projects: Submitting MOP-related projects is easy for BSA units. All they need to do is check the Messengers of Peace box when entering a service project through the Journey to Excellence website www.scouting.org/Awards/JourneyToExcellence
Doing so will add the project to the map on the Messengers of Peace website (www.scoutmessengers.com) and will generate a unit certificate.

Recognition:
Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a qualifying project is eligible to wear a Messengers of Peace ring patch around the World Crest on his or her uniform. To purchase these ring patches, a unit representative should take the unit certificate to the Indian Waters Council Scout shop.
For Individual Scouts- Go to

Examples of possible Messengers of Peace Projects:

    Personal Dimension
  • Clean a Habitat for Humanity house before the family moves in.
  • Collect books and magazines for inner-city schools or shelters
  • Conduct entertainment programs, including skits and plays, at a nursing home.
  • Make and donate gift boxes to be distributed by Feed the Children.
  • Assist organizations that provide home maintenance services for those in need or veterans
  • Host a holiday party for children of prison inmates.
    Community Dimension
  • Participate in the annual Scouting For Food drive
  • Create a community prayer garden.
  • Plan a sports tournament that brings together kids from different segments of the community
  • Replace graffiti with peace-related murals.
  • Assist in the packaging of medical supplies for developing countries.
  • Serve as "victims" for a county EMT or first responders training course.
    Environmental Dimension
  • Clean up a campground, a local park, a river, or a school parking lot.
  • Assist with a shoreline-restoration project.
  • Collect and dispose of household chemicals, batteries, and other potentially dangerous waste products from the residences of shut-ins.
  • Remove invasive species and plant native trees in a park.
  • Volunteer at a community recycling center.


www.scouting.org/Awards/JourneyToExcellence

A FAQ  for Messengers of Peace BSA (list of Frequently Asked Questions)

www.ScoutMessengers.org

Connect with International Scouting Units!

This is an opportunity to connect and share with Scouts around the world without leaving home.
Share games, ideas for promoting peace, and gain international contacts and friends.
Create an account at scoutmessengers.org and post your projects to the World Map.
    Scout Messengers
  • Projects: Submit your group's projects and get ideas from others
  • Learning zone: Share your best tutorials on camping, cooking, and scoutcraft
  • Games: Let us play your best games for meetings and camping
  • Talk: Tell us what's on your mind: What is Scouting like in your country?
  • Search for Fellow Scouts: Join a Scout community or add your own!
Download

Messengers of Peace Information Sheet-IWC-PDF.pdf (189 KB)


 
 
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