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Messengers of Peace

Messengers of Peace is a global initiative to inspire Scouts to work towards peace around the world through their service to their communities.  Through the use of social media Scouts share what they have done and inspire others to undertake similar efforts.

DEFINING PEACE

Scouting defines peace as more than just the absence of war.  In terms of the MOP initiative, peace encompasses three dimensions:

  1. The personal dimension: harmony, justice, and equality
  2. The community dimension: peace as opposed to hostility or violent conflict
  3. The environmental dimension: relationships between humankind and its environment
Qualifying Projects
  • The project is done a Scouting context.
  • Any project that impacts the community in one of the three dimensions; personal, community, or environmental
  • Projects include unit-level projects, Eagle projects, and William T. Hornaday Award projects
  • Almost any project will qualify. The unit determines if project qualifies.
  • An example of a project that does not qualify: painting the buildings at a Council camp
Examples of Service Project Ideas
Personal Dimension
  • Host a holiday party for children of prison inmates.
  • Collect books and magazines for inner-city schools.
  • Make and donate gift boxes to be distributed by Feed the Children.
Community Dimension
  • Create a community prayer garden.
  • Replace graffiti with peace-related murals.
  • Assist in the packaging of medical supplies for developing countries
Environmental Dimension
  • Clean up a campground, a local park, a river, or a school parking lot.
  • Assist with a shoreline-restoration project.
  • Remove invasive species and plant native trees in a park.
Reporting projects

Submit projects through the Service Hours Reporting website.

  • Volunteers with a MyScouting account can also reach the website by clicking on the “Service Hours” link on the left side of the screen in the “Unit Tools” section.
  • Go to www.scouting.org/Awards/JourneyToExcellence and click on “Service Hours Website”.
  • Enter servicehours.scouting.org into the address bar of your web browser.

To access the Service Hours Website for the first time you will need your unit number (four digits, include leading zeroes) and your unit’s national ID number.  You can get the national ID number from the council service center.

To designate a project as a Messengers of Peace project, simply select one of the three project dimensions listed under Messengers of Peace when you are prompted to select project category.

Upon completion, print the project’s certificate. Take this certificate to the Scout Shop to purchase recognition patches

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 local Scout shop or council service center.

A Scout can participate in any number of projects, but he can only wear one (1) patch on his uniform.

Sources
Messengers of Peace ring patch

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