Every Scout is a Messenger of Peace
Around the world Scouts are engaged in local efforts to build a lasting culture of peace and dialogue. From small actions to large community service projects, young people are tackling local issues, responding to natural disasters, leading peace-building activities, standing up for gender equality, working to make refugees feel welcome and driving driving meaningful progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and more!
Messengers of Peace is a flagship initiative of World Scouting which inspires Scouts around the world to take action in their communities by contributing to peace and sustainable development. Since 2010, Messengers of Peace has involved nearly all 173 National Scout Organizations, and inspired more than 16 million projects and actions totalling over 2.3 billion hours of community service contributed towards the SDGs.
Messengers of Peace is comprised of three connected elements, including a support fund, educational programme and a global network, which have made it such a success over the years. The educational programme provides guidance about how to implement project ideas. The global network enables the exchange of project ideas and inspiration to encourage more young people to take action in their communities. And the support fund offers financial and other resources to support projects implemented by Scouts and National Scout Organizations.
Learn more about the impact of the Messengers of Peace initiative in the 10-year evaluation report.
Messengers of Peace Support Fund
The Messengers of Peace Support Fund offers financial support to Scouts and National Scout Organizations worldwide in implementing projects which:
- Inspire young people to take action in their local community.
- Enable National Scout Organizations to support local Scout groups, for example through training for adults, renewal of the Youth Programme or strengthening operational and governance support structures.
- Deliver direct impact through special projects, for example:
- Support to young people in post-conflict or conflict zones, e.g. projects related to supporting refugees.
- Disaster response, e.g. projects related to providing immediate support to disaster-affected communities, or projects related to preparing Scouts for disaster response.
- Environment, e.g. projects related to sustainability efforts, reforestation, etc.
- Peace and culture of dialogue, e.g. projects related to providing training to young people about peace and dialogue.
Since 2010, this incredible impact has been made possible thanks to the generous support of a $27 million grant from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fund the Messengers of Peace initiative.
The impact generated by the initiative over the past years has also attracted additional support for Messengers of Peace and other global Scouting initiatives, significantly growing the donor base via the World Scout Foundation for even greater reach. World Scouting is grateful for this significant commitment and collaboration which has helped to transform Scouting at all levels of the Movement.
Read the Messengers of Peace Support Fund Guidelines for more information about how National Scout Organizations can apply for grants.
Messengers of Peace Educational Programme
Through good turns and community service, Scouts are making the world a better place by spreading a culture of peace. The Messengers of Peace initiative encourages Scouts to serve their communities and share their actions with others to build a global network of service.
Scouts can earn the Messengers of Peace badge by exploring challenges in their community, implementing a project to solve the problem, and sharing their experiences and impact with others to inspire more young people into action. World Scouting offers a wide range of educational offerings to National Scout Organizations to strengthen the Messengers of Peace objectives, including:
- Peace-building: Promoting peace and dialogue education by providing methodologies and training to young people in their communities, or in conflict or post-conflict areas.
- Diversity and Inclusion: Providing young people with skills to recognise each individual's unique identity and promoting diversity as a value for cohesive communities.
- Humanitarian Action: Providing immediate relief to disaster-affected communities, preparing Scouts for disaster response, or assisting young people to support refugees and internally displaced peoples.
- Culture and Heritage: Supporting young people to embrace their distinctive culture fostering a positive sense of belonging, and enabling them to understand and appreciate other cultures and protect heritage.
- Civic Engagement: Strengthening young people's capacities to influence life in their local communities and aiming to improve quality of life through active engagement in decision-making processes.
Messengers of Peace Network
The Messenger of Peace Network is a global community of Scouts who are engaged through individual and collective community service actions in the areas of peace-building and dialogue, diversity and inclusion, humanitarian action, culture and heritage, and civic engagement.
Scouts can upload their community service projects to the Scouts for SDGs digital hub, and share them via social media to inspire others to take action for peace and sustainable development. Together these actions, stories and projects add up to create an incredible impact around the globe!
Messengers of Peace Heroes
The Messengers of Peace Heroes Award recognises the outstanding achievements of Scouts and volunteers who are promoting peace and contributing to improve the sustainability of their communities.
Every year, World Scouting puts out an open call to nominate, select and honour the Messengers of Peace Heroes Award to extraordinary Scouts who have taken action in one of several fields. The awards are given to Messengers of Peace Heroes during a ceremony to inspire other Scouts to serve their communities.
- MoP Support Fund Guidelines (EN/FR)
- MoP NSO Guidelines on Programme & Network (EN)
- How to become a Messenger of Peace Guide (EN)
- MoP Intranet page (contact, report, registration)
- Messengers of Peace products (World Scout Shop)
- Better World Magazines (EN/FR)
- MoP Youtube channel
- Messengers of Peace Heroes
- Scouts for SDGs Hub
Jul 01, 1941
Baden-Powell’s Last Message encourages scouts to do a “good deed to create Peace in the world”Baden-Powell’s Last Message about doing a “good deed to create Peace in the world” was in 1941. Today’s tradition of tying a knot at the end of your Scout scarf signifies that you have completed your good deed of the day. For Baden-Powell, Peace and service have always been at the core of scouting. At the first experimental Scout camp with 4 patrols on Brownsea Island, Baden-Powell introduced the Scout Promise for the first time, with one of the elements being “I’ll do my best to help others”. In 1923, he wrote a report entitled "Education in Love in place of Fear" to emphasise the role scouts could play in creating a culture of peace. His idea was also reinforced during the 1st World Scout Conference organised in France, where Baden-Powell shared his vision: “Scouts can gather in a Global Network of service”.
May 01, 1981
WOSM was awarded the “UNESCO Prize for Peace Education”.WOSM was awarded the “UNESCO Prize for Peace Education” for its work on creating a culture of peace through youth education.
Jul 01, 1999
"Creating a better world" is highlighted in the mission of scouting, adopted at the 35th World Scout ConferenceThe Mission of Scouting was adopted at the 35th World Scout Conference in South Africa: “To contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society”.
Jul 12, 2001
Community Service is highlighted by World ScoutingThe World Scout Committee (WSC) met in the framework of the Arab Region Scout Conference in Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, a generous offer from the Saudi Arabian government was presented to support Scouting efforts in community service. After much reflection and discussions within WOSM, the World Scout Committee embraced the donation of HM King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. WOSM, preparing for the Centenary of Scouting, formally incorporated a “Community Service” element as part of the Centenary activities to promote service actions to be undertaken by Scouts around the world.
Jul 13, 2002
Gifts for Peace is launchedThe “Gifts for Peace” concept was adopted by the 36th World Scout Conference in Greece. It was decided that “Gifts for Peace” would be the core programme for the Centenary of Scouting during 2007, and that each National Scout Organization should present a Gifts for Peace project illustrating accomplishments by young people starting in 2005. By 2007, “Gifts for Peace” had now registered more than 120 projects, where 10 million Scouts engaged in a variety of activities in different areas like health, environment, violence prevention, dialogue and interreligious dialogue.
Aug 01, 2011
Official Launch of the Messengers of Peace InitiativeIn the process of developing a new set of actions to further develop Gifts for Peace, a team consisting of representatives from the WSC, WSB and WSF - inspired by a statement by HM the King of Saudi Arabia that said “Scouts are Messengers of Love, Good and Peace” – developed a new inspirational framework called “Messengers of Peace”. With the formal agreement of the World Scout Committee, Messengers of Peace was officially adopted and launched as the 2nd phase of the Gifts for Peace initiative. More than 30 NSOs, represented by youth members, participated in the launch event and a peace camp for cultural exchange.
Sep 24, 2012
MoP Hero RecognitionThe Messengers of Peace Heroes Award is created to recognise exceptional Scouts, volunteers and professionals, as heroes for their outstanding work towards a better world. Each year, heroes are highlighted with a prize and ceremony to inspire other scouts to pursue great community service.
Dec 01, 2012
The successful first years of Messengers of PeaceBy 2012, WOSM’s Global Messengers of Peace was managing the Support Fund and Grant Applications from the 6 WOSM Regions, and more than 2 million US dollars were granted to NSOs to develop service initiatives and capacity building programmes. The Global Messengers of Peace Network was initiated started with the Regions and NSOs, promoting service as one of many ways to build a peaceful community. With the use of social media networks and online resources, the site scoutmessengers.org started registering non-funded service actions. Within 3 months of activity and by the end of 2012, more than 8 million service hours were reported. All National Scout Organizations were introduced to the Messengers of Peace concept and there was a regional and national commitment to promote service efforts as a means to achieve social impact in society.
Jul 30, 2014
Messengers of Peace is aligned with the Youth Programme during the 40th World Scout ConferenceThe development of a Global Network strategy was initiated to align Messengers of Peace with the World Youth Programme Policy, proposed Triennial Plan 2014-2017 and WOSM Vision 2023. An average of 3 to 5 million service hours are registered each month. The first Better World Magazine is released during the 40th World Scout Conference gathering life-changing projects and stories of scouts around the world, creating positive change in society as active citizens.
May 01, 2015
The Messengers of Peace Programme takes form through new NSO guidelinesThe Messengers of Peace initiative now has three components that mutually reinforce each other: The MoP Fund, the MoP Network, and the MoP programme. The MoP programme allows scouts to earn the MoP badge that highlights scouting's efforts towards community service. World Scouting publishes various documents to support NSOs who are interested in the MoP programme, such as NSO guidelines, and a youth-friendly guide on how to become a messengers of peace. Hundreds of MoP projects are funded across the world.
Nov 16, 2018
Messengers of Peace starts alignment with SDGs“Scouts for SDGs is a mobilisation of 50 million Scouts that leverages the Scout Youth Programme and the Movement’s initiatives under the Better World Framework, including the flagship Messengers of Peace initiative, to raise awareness and take action towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Messengers of Peace programme and Network will provide education for sustainable development, which will contribute to the development of key competencies in young people and the achievement of 17SDG.”
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