The Messengers of Peace initiative is a program of the World Scout Committee. The Boy Scouts of America joined the Messengers of Peace initiative in 2012. This program encourages Scouts around the world to work for peace by being a positive force in their communities. All types of BSA units can participate in this program.
The program tracks how the efforts of Scouts around the world are making a difference for peace. You can even see a map with pins where Scouts are participating.
Participating is easy. When you submit a service project for Journey to Excellence, just select “Messengers of Peace” as your partner organization.
Scouts and Scouters who participate in a Messengers of Peace service project may wear a Messengers of Peace ring patch around the World Crest on their uniforms.
What type of service project qualifies as a Messengers of Peace project?
You don’t need to travel the world to be a Messenger of Peace. According to the BSA website:
A Messengers of Peace service project is defined as any project that touches on one of these dimensions of peace:
- 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 the environment
Many of the service projects your units are doing will qualify. See the Messengers of Peace Service Project Ideas page for lots of examples.