Messengers of Peace is a global service project program carried out by millions of Scouts throughout the world. The BSA challenges Scouts and leaders to demonstrate their service spirit to make a real impact on global peace and the quality of life in local communities. Each Scout is to be recognized as a “Messenger of Peace” for his contribution to creating a better world.
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.
In terms of the Messengers of Peace initiative, peace encompasses three dimensions:
- The personal dimension: harmony, justice, and equality
- The community dimension: peace as opposed to hostility or violent conflict
- Relationships between humankind and its environment: security, social and economic welfare, and relationship with
Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a project that has had a significant impact on the community in any one of these three dimensions can qualify as a Messenger of Peace.
Submitting Messengers of Peace 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. Doing so will add the project to the map on the Messengers of Peace website and will generate a unit certificate.
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.
Help our Scouts be proud Messengers of Peace through their service projects. Units need to do a service project and then must use the JTE system to log the project and their service hours. Unit commissioners may use this program as another motivational tool for their units to complete their Journey to Excellence requirements. One project can qualify for both recognitions!