Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Messengers of Peace

I recently found out about a new program called Messengers of Peace. It is actually an initiative of the World Scout Committee that started in September 2011. The Boy Scouts of America joined up this year.

There are relevant materials at two websites:
World -

In looking through the materials on both sites I found myself really stirred by this initiative. The goal is essentially to "help Scouting create a better world."
MOP emblem - from BSA website 

Scouts who want to participate simply do service under one of three dimensions (personal, community, or environment) that promote peace. There is no approval necessary--the unit decides whether or not the service qualifies. Service hours are entered into the Journey to Excellence website ( and those who participate are eligible to wear a special ring patch around the World Crest on their uniform.

I see this patch as less of a reward for doing service (or bribe to convince boys to do it) and more of a reminder about what Scouting can and should be. It's a symbol of a Scout's commitment to "help other people at all times" and to be "a friend to all" and "a brother to other Scouts." It's a reminder that through a simple good turn a boy can make a difference in the world.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and someone who claims to follow the Prince of Peace, this really resonated with me.

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