Help BSA Units Be Messengers of Peace Through Journey to Excellence
The BSA’s Messengers of Peace initiative was launched in May 2012 to recognize the efforts of Scouts who are working for peace, whether it’s on projects that strive to solve conflicts in their schools, building links between divided communities, teaching their peers about health and wellness, or repairing environmental damage.
It is gratifying to see how quickly the Messengers of Peace program gained recognition throughout the Scouting organization. However, the need for strong and continued promotion highlighting the purpose of Messengers of Peace remains a priority. Community service is well embedded in our advancement system. And, as we know, community service hours is a unit requirement built into the Journey to Excellence initiative. Messengers of Peace supports our organization’s commitment to community service. Given that Messengers of Peace is an initiative available to Scouts around the world, it allows the BSA to serve as a role model and example for other Scouting associations. Consequently, our Scouts who become Messengers of Peace help bring peace to our world. Scouts and Scouters should know that almost all community service projects qualify as Messengers of Peace projects, fitting into one of the three categories outlined in the program’s requirements: personal, community, and environment.
How can BSA units participate? All they have to do is go online through the Journey to Excellence service hours website and register the MOP-related community service projects (including Eagle Scout projects) they undertake. BSA units that register as a Messengers of Peace unit also fulfill their JTE requirements. Scouts and Scouters can earn the Messengers of Peace ring patch when they participate in and assist with service projects that are registered Messengers of Peace projects. To earn the ring patches, units must log onto the JTE service hours website, designating their project as a Messengers of Peace service project.
Messengers of Peace Day of Service at the Jamboree
As part of your scheduled activities at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, Scouts will travel off site for a Messengers of Peace Day of Service.On this day, Scouts will be provided with transportation to one of the counties surrounding the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve 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.
We are Messengers of Peace!