- Regional Scout Plan 2016-2019
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Macedonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
More Than 5’000 Rovers Celebrate WOSM’s ‘Messengers of Peace’ Projects
By Rupert Schildböck On 4 October 2011 · Leave a Comment
(Jeddah/WOSM, ONCR) – “Pitching tents on sand”, “Scuba diving in the Red Sea”, “Sword dancing around wood-less camp fires”, “Small talk with a King and his Queen”, “Sleeping in carpeted and air-conditioned Bedouin tents”, “Discovering Arab Scouting’s community development projects” … these were just a few of the highlights more than 20 Rovers from different European National Scout Organisations were able to experience during their recent ten day adventure in Saudi Arabia.
They were attending the 2nd International Peace Camp, which the Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Organisation hosted to mark the official launching of the ‘Messengers of Peace’ project of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Announced during the World Scout Conference in January of this year, more than 14’000 Scouts from around the world have since signed up to be a ‘Messenger of Peace’ of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and have committed to subsequently run a peace project in their neighbourhood or local community.
Earlier during the week, when attending the Saudi Arabian National Day celebrations in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education, HH Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Muhammad Al-Saud, who is also President of the Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Organisation, had praised the project, which “seeks to spread the values of Scouting among young people and our societies”. The ultimate aim of the project is to make all 30 million Scouts worldwide ‘Messengers of Peace’ who would thus “play an active role in further promoting peace and stability in our world”. It is hoped that the project will eventually involve all 161 member organisations of WOSM, thanks also “to an initial generous grant from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.
While dignitaries, including His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and members of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family, were introduced to some of the ‘Messenger of Peace’ projects, the younger participants of the Peace Camp experienced a variety of traditional or innovative Scouting activities.
“Being involved in this event has been the adventure of my life”, reports Andrei, from Romania, and his friend Catalin continues “I can honestly say I felt becoming a true messenger of peace!” Not only did he and other European Scouts have the opportunity to meet and interact with Scouts from many other, particularly Arab countries, “but I also had the privilege to meet a King, who wished us well in our work as Scouting’s ‘Messengers of Peace’”.
Other than as ‘Messengers of Peace’, Catalin and Andrei return home as newly certified open water ‘Scuba Scouts’: “By far the most memorable activity was the Scuba Diving Course in the Red Sea, that gave me a few incredible hours around the corals and surrounded by amazingly colourful fishes” recalls Andrei. Equally thrilled by this experience, Catalin adds that “apart from the fact that fuel for cars costs about 15 cents, I was deeply impressed by the hospitality of our Saudi hosts and by the level of development the Scout Movement appears to have reached in that country.”
Commenting on the global project, Prince Faisal concluded that “King Abdullah had instructed his government to support the project for ten years”, thus ensuring that “Scouts all over the world would launch and carry out their own ‘Messengers of Peace’ projects for the benefit of our societies. Just imagine 30 million young people, Scouts like you and me, being active in their local communities and contributing to creating a better world!”
Tagged with: Arab Region • Messengers of Peace • Partnerships with other Regions • Peace Camp • Rovers • Saudi Arabia
Rupert comes from Austria and is the Executive Assistant to the Regional Director. His responsibilities include internal and external communications and administrative assistance in Regional events.
Regional Scout Plan
European International Scout Camps – Summer 2018Based on information made available so far, the European Scout Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) has put together a (non-exhaustive) list of national jamborees organised during the summer of 2018 in Europe. Maybe one of these international camps is exactly what you were looking for?
15th European Guide and Scout ConferenceThe 15th European Guide and Scout Conference (15egsc) and the concurrently held 15th European Guide Conference (15egc) and 22nd European Scout Conference (22esc) took place from 17 to 21 June 2016, in Melsomvik, Norway.
#ScoutGuideSupport #RefugeesBetween September 2015 and May 2016, the European Scout Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movemente (WOSM) and the Europe Region WAGGGS regularly shared stories featuring Scouts and Guides involved in refugee and migrant support activities in their local communities.
Google TranslatePowered by Google Translate.
The Official World Scout ShopThe Official World Scout Shop offers an ever-growing range of high quality Scouting products. It is the only authorised supplier of World Scout items, and ALL profits go directly back to Scouting.
What did we write about?Africa Arab Region Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Educational Methods Environment Europe European Scout Committee European Year of Volunteering 2011 event finland France Germany Growth Growth through Quality GSAT Jamboree Junak kandersteg Networking Organisational Development Partnerships Partnerships with other Regions peace Portugal PPÖ Regional Scout Plan Romania Rover Scouts Scouts Serbia Slovenia Spain Switzerland training Turkey Unguvu VCP Volunteering WOSM Youth Youth Empowerment Youth Programme