Messengers of Peace

These North Carolina Scouts and Venturers are giving Peace a chance

The precious ring can be yours, if you complete a Messengers of Peace project.

The precious ring can be yours, if you complete a Messengers of Peace project.

You can’t promote world peace by sitting on your couch.

No, you’ve got to follow the lead of units like Venturing Crew 122 of North Carolina’s Tuscarora Council. The Venturers and advisors of Crew 122, along with some Scouts from Troop 33, cleaned a 9.5-mile portion of the Neuse River by canoe last month.

Over the 10-hour day, they collected more than 400 plastic bottles, 70 glass bottles, 52 toys, 37 aluminum cans, and 36 styrofoam/paper cups.

Almost as impressive as that garbage haul is the fact that the Venturers kept a count of what they had collected: almost a half-ton of trash in all. And remember they collected it all by canoe.

The conservation effort went beyond just a daily good turn, though. It was the crew’s Messengers of Peace service project, earning them the ring patch seen above.

Now THAT is a load of garbage. Nice job, Scouts!

Now THAT is a load of garbage. Nice job, Scouts!

You were first introduced to Messengers of Peace in a blog post last year. The global program, which launched in 2011, is “designed to inspire millions of young men and women in more than 220 countries and territories to work toward peace. 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.”

How do you participate and get one of those Messengers of Peace ring patches? Read on… 

Become a Messenger

Scouts from six continents have already registered their projects. Will you be next?

Scouts from six continents have already registered their projects. Will you be next?

Go online and register your Messengers of Peace (MOP)-related community service projects (including Eagle Scout projects). Doing so adds pins to a global Messengers of Peace map, which Scouts from around the world can click on to learn how their fellow Scouts are making a difference.

Scouts who complete MOP projects will become eligible for a special recognition: the ring patch ($1.49 each, seen above) that goes around the World Crest. That patch will symbolize your participation in an ever-widening circle of Scouts who are not just visualizing world peace but are helping to make it a reality.

Messengers of Peace at the 2013 Jamboree

2013jamboreelogo-200x326Jamboree attendees, listen up.

All participants will take part in the Messengers of Peace Day of Service at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. On this day, Scouts will be provided with transportation to one of the counties surrounding the Summit to help with a service project that will benefit the BSA’s new neighbors.

By the time this jamboree is over, 32,000 Scouts will have completed 300,000 community service hours over five days of work. It will be one of the BSA’s largest service projects of the year.

And it’ll be a great way to announce the BSA’s presence in West Virginia.

17 thoughts on “These North Carolina Scouts and Venturers are giving Peace a chance

  1. Troop 61 of Lawrence Kansas earned their “Messenger of Peace” Award. Troop 61 assisted tornado victims from Harveyville, KS. They were assigned to clean up the property of an elderly couple who were unable to complete the job by themselves. The troop made a difference in this families life and what a valuable life lesson taught to these fine young men.

  2. I do not mean to be rude or disrespectful and I applaud all of the troops for the work helping and cleaning the environment, but could someone tell me what that has to do with peace? I would think the actions must relate to the badge/patch/award. Just trying to clarify the requirements.

    • Great question, Joe. Peace, as defined by the Messengers of Peace initiative, includes “Relationships between humankind and its environment: security, social and economic welfare, and relationship with the environment.”

      Fortunately, we live in a country where daily violence and conflict isn’t a constant concern. So Scout units can build peace through other means.

      • Have to agree with Joe on this one. We have World Conservation and Leave No Trace / Outdoor Ethics awards. Including the Environmental aspect within Messengers of Peace really waters down the award. These guys did a great job.

        According to the BSA page ( http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/International/messengersofpeace/ServiceProjectIdeas.aspx )
        there are three aspects Personal (bring people together, or improve personal wellbeing of those in need), Community (make changes in your community to reduce conflict, create opportunities for cooperation), and Environment. Environment includes such gems as :”Clean up a campground, a local park, a river, or a school parking lot.”

        Really? Really? so every kid getting his Wolf badge gets a MoP award for finishing Achievement 7d “With an adult, pick up litter in your neighborhood”, if it’s done as a Den project and they fill out the form on the website? And it counts as credit toward LNT and World Conservation. Wow.

        Really waters down what could be a very impressive award. Applause to Troop 61 above helping Tornada victims. That’s what I’d expect. The award would mean more if it took more to earn it.

        • Brian,
          Joe and Nicholas have both said it so well.

          Regardless of the mention of a “relationship with the environment” in the definitions listing of MoP, Garbage pick up has ZERO relation to peace.

          I do not mean to belittle this Troop’s Service. They should be commended for their hard work. But a project for Peace? That’s a reach.

          This award could be so much more, IF it were promoted as a learning experience for peace. Instead the potential is being squandered by watering down it’s intent, to promote peace.

          How about promoting manners and civility in today’s world, especially in politics. Now that is promoting peace!

        • Holy triple dipping requirements….

          Our Pack we do multiple conservation projects so it isn’t a problem….

          I would like to discourage folks from counting One conservation project for rank advancement and Leave no trace/outdoor ethics and MOP…..

        • Regardless of your argument, this isn’t the place for it. The requirement is written to accommodate almost any project, and it was done that way by either WOSM and/or BSA. If you disagree, contact BSA rather than showing your butt and dogging on good people in public.

        • Nice CG ,who exactly is showing what?????

          Old bob was agreeing with Nick.

          I happen to agree with both of them….. One project per requirement please.

        • yes, wrote before thinking the double counting thing through. general policy is no double counting, and since both World Cons. and LNT require Wolf 7 _plus_ an appropriate service project, it’s not even ambiguous.

          now that said, if a Webelos den took on a significant service project for their Citizenship requirement, and it satisfied the MoP mission (say, the “Scouts in New Orleans working on the ground to rebuild post-Katrina New Orleans” for example), would we say “sorry, no MoP recognition for this project as you were using it to earn your citizenship beltloop”?

          And let me reiterate above: I think these scouts did a great thing. living near a major waterway with excessive pollution (we just pulled a couple hundred pounds of detritus out of feeder streams in our annual Stream Clean project), I have a great deal of respect for the cleanup effort they did. I’d have had trouble with the canoe alone :)

  3. Who within a troop holds the responsibility of entering an Eagle Project into the MoP website?

    Thank you.

  4. Bryan, there’s a MoP poster hanging at our council that I’ve been trying to get a copy of to promote the program in my troop. The BSA number at the bottom is 130-229. No one at the council has any idea where it came from or how to get another one, and BSA Licensing was unable to help, either (though they tried). A message to BSA MoP’s Facebook went unanswered.
    Any idea how/where we can get a copy of poster 130-229?

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