By Darryl Alder
Dec 19, 2016

#LIGHTtheWorld as a Messenger of Peace

A long standing dream of Scouting’s founder Baden Powell was world peace. The World Scouting Bureau, with BSA, launched Messengers of Peace in 2011.

It 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.

The initiative encompasses 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.

As you consider #LIGHTtheWORLD, 25 Ways in 25 Days, think about how you could use one of these Messengers of Peace Service Project Ideas to help Light the World this holiday season.

If you want to go the extra mile today, here is just one example: Venturer is lone American to receive 2016 Messengers of Peace Hero Award

What will you do?

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Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA. To become a Messenger of Peace, he helped his Wood Badge course complete an environmental service project in 2015.

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