The Messengers of Peace (MoP) is an initiative to promote dialogue, peace and social entrepreneurship which impacts both at the local and national level.

This initiative is also one of Baden Powell’s vision of scouting to be a global network of service to all walks of life, thus the MoP is able to yarn supports from scout organizations which in turns enable scouts to strengthen the youth programs in their own country.

Background

The Messengers of Peace Initiative was launched by the World Scout Committee in 2011. This was also with the support of the King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah and the King of Sweden, King Carl Gustaf, who came together to recognize Scouts as “Messengers of Peace”.

The Messengers of Peace Global Network is also started to allow scouts around the world to showcase their idea of community involvement through the social media, therefore telling their stories and working together to inspire each other.

3 Dimensions To Build A Culture of Peace And Create Positive Change

The MoP revolves around 3 educative objectives:

Personal Change – Starts with me

Develop of peace culture and altitude which incorporates into my daily life. To commit in positive change through my action and promote a peace culture

Community Based Change – In my community

Taking up active roles in the community and joining efforts with others to address local issue.

Collective Result – When working together

To promote international cooperation, friendship and understanding thru sharing ideas with others.

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The Messengers of Peace Learning Cycle

Messengers of Peace Learning Cycle

Inspire

Explore and Research about local problems, people in action, and good practices.

Learn & Decide

Identify your motivations and talents. Choose a field of action. Select useful knowledge, and skills and ideas to apply.

Do

Plan your actions, execute, monitor, and report.

Share

Share what you did, your experiences, and outcomes, and learnt outcomes.

Your Journey to the Messengers of Peace Badge

Cub Scouts
(7-12)
Scouts
(12-16)
Venture / Rover
(16-26)
Adult Leaders
(27 Years Old and Above)
Project ProposalProject proposal is optional (for projects that are self-initaited and would not be used as a MoP for Leaders project), but recommended.

A project proposal is required to be submitted for approval before the start of the project.
Your proposal should include
  • What is the issue that you are addressing and why does it matter?
  • How can you as a scout provide assistance or help mitigate this issue?
  • Why is your beneficiary in need of help?
    It could be useful to provide background, statistics, observations about the beneficiary
  • What are your targets for this project? What will change?
  • What are the specific activities involved (e.g. Fundraising, Production of materials, etc)? Who will do them?
  • Why did you choose to address the issue in the manner that you have?

Please take note: The above list is merely a suggestion/guide you are free to structure your project proposal in anyway you like. There is no specific format.

The submission for the proposal can be done at any time (via email to [email protected]) and do not have the follow the submission periods (the submission periods only applies for the final reflection writeup on scout.org).
InspireBe inspired to get into action and tackle subject matter in the local community.
  • You can be inspired through participating in events/activities, attending talks by subject matter experts, watching an inspirational film or documentary, or even through resources and videos found on social media
  • Think about the kind of impact and outcomes of those materials, and why/how it inspires you.
  • In the reflection, do remember to explain why the target community is in need of help.
Mentor and supervise TWO (2) different individual(s) or group(s) [4] through the completion of their Messenger of Peace programme. Do note that the leader would need to monitor and supervise the mentee through the 4 stages of the MoP (Inspire, Learn & Decide, Do, Share)
EEE should be practiced at this stage.
Encourage individuals or groups to
Explore on activities / events / outreach in the local community that can
Engage in, together with a beneficiary or community partner Gather your support and resources for the project.
Learn & DecideWith the inspirations in mind, think of the possible project that you would like to be involved in. The subject matter should be in relation to your experience that inspired you.
  • You should identify your purpose, beneficiary, your skills/knowledge and your desire outcomes or learning points.
  • Explore and prepare for the project by proposing/discussing with the beneficiary their needs and what you can offer
  • Gather your support and resources for the project
  • Do consider what Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) your project is targeting
Do [1]Participate in a service-related project with an organisation/ beneficiary [2], spending no less than SIX (6) service hours[3] in total.Organise in a service-related project with an organisation/ beneficiary [2], spending no less than TWELVE (12) service hours[3] in total.Organise in a service-related project with an organisation/ beneficiary [2], spending no less than TWENTY FOUR (24) service hours[3] in total.
The project can be done over a few sessions.
Share Share your story with others by letting others know what your project is all about and its impact/ outcomes. You can recount on your experiences, challenges and your reflection so that others can learn from your story.

This can be done in many ways: social media, presentations, displays or even by talking to your friends, family and your community.
Share your experience of mentoring the two individual(s)/group(s) with others by letting others know what your project is all about, the mentoring process, your experience with engaging the beneficiary, and your mentee.

[1] - Subject matter should be a similar topic throughout the process to encourage a strong learning experience in the desired subject matter

[2] - The service rendered should be with one single organisation or beneficiary or cause beyond the Scouting (defined by WOSM membership) and Guiding (defined by WAGGGS membership) community (with the exception of special needs Scouts/Guides) to encourage long term engagements and sustainable projects. The project can be done over a few sessions.

[3] - Service hours only include time spent towards direct engagement with the beneficiary (i.e., executing the project) and does not include planning, meetings, preparation of materials etc. The sharing of project reflections among peers (Cubs, Scouts, Ventures, Rovers, Leaders) is also not included as it falls under the “Share” component

[4] - The two individual(s) and/or group(s) should be pursuing the programme separately.

Project Proposal

Project proposal is optional (for projects that are self-initiated and would not be used as an MoP for Leaders project), but recommended.

 

Your proposal should include:

  • What is the issue that you are addressing and why does it matter?
  • How can you as a scout provide assistance or help mitigate this issue?
  • Why is your beneficiary in need of help?
    It could be useful to provide background, statistics, observations about the beneficiary
  • What are your targets for this project? What will change?
  • What are the specific activities involved (e.g. Fundraising, Production of materials, etc)? Who will do them?
  • Why did you choose to address the issue in the manner that you have?

 

Please take note: The above list is merely a suggestion/guide you are free to structure your project proposal in any way you like. There is no specific format.

 

The submission for the proposal can be done at any time (via email to [email protected]) and do not have the follow the submission periods (the submission periods only applies for the final reflection writeup on scout.org).

Inspire

Be inspired to get into action and tackle subject matter in the local community.

  • You can be inspired through participating in events/activities, attending talks by subject matter experts, watching an inspirational film or documentary, or even through resources and videos found on social media
  • Think about the kind of impact and outcomes of those materials, and why/how it inspires you
  • In the reflection, do remember to explain why the target community is in need of help.

Learn & Decide

With the inspirations in mind, think of the possible project that you would like to be involved in. The subject matter should be in relation to your experience that inspired you.

  • You should identify your purpose, beneficiary, your skills/knowledge and your desired outcomes or learning points.
  • Explore and prepare for the project by proposing/discussing with the beneficiary their needs and what you can offer
  • Gather your support and resources for the project
  • Do consider what Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) your project is targeting

 

In the reflection, do remember to explain how you are able to help meet those needs in your capacity.

Do [1]

Participate in a service-related project with an organisation/ beneficiary [2], spending no less than SIX (6) service hours[3] in total.
*The project can be done over a few sessions.

Share

Share your story with others by letting others know what your project is all about and its impact/ outcomes. You can recount on your experiences, challenges and your reflection so that others can learn from your story.

This can be done in many ways: social media, presentations, displays or even by talking to your friends, family and your community.

Project Proposal

Project proposal is optional (for projects that are self-initiated and would not be used as an MoP for Leaders project), but recommended.

 

Your proposal should include:

  • What is the issue that you are addressing and why does it matter?
  • How can you as a scout provide assistance or help mitigate this issue?
  • Why is your beneficiary in need of help?
    It could be useful to provide background, statistics, observations about the beneficiary
  • What are your targets for this project? What will change?
  • What are the specific activities involved (e.g. Fundraising, Production of materials, etc)? Who will do them?
  • Why did you choose to address the issue in the manner that you have?

 

Please take note: The above list is merely a suggestion/guide you are free to structure your project proposal in any way you like. There is no specific format.

 

The submission for the proposal can be done at any time (via email to [email protected]) and do not have the follow the submission periods (the submission periods only applies for the final reflection writeup on scout.org).

Inspire

Be inspired to get into action and tackle subject matter in the local community.

  • You can be inspired through participating in events/activities, attending talks by subject matter experts, watching an inspirational film or documentary, or even through resources and videos found on social media
  • Think about the kind of impact and outcomes of those materials, and why/how it inspires you
  • In the reflection, do remember to explain why the target community is in need of help.

Learn & Decide

With the inspirations in mind, think of the possible project that you would like to be involved in. The subject matter should be in relation to your experience that inspired you.

  • You should identify your purpose, beneficiary, your skills/knowledge and your desired outcomes or learning points.
  • Explore and prepare for the project by proposing/discussing with the beneficiary their needs and what you can offer
  • Gather your support and resources for the project
  • Do consider what Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) your project is targeting

 

In the reflection, do remember to explain how you are able to help meet those needs in your capacity.

Do [1]

Organise a service-related project with an organisation/ beneficiary [2], spending no less than TWELVE (12) service hours[3] in total.
*The project can be done over a few sessions.

Share

Share your story with others by letting others know what your project is all about and its impact/ outcomes. You can recount on your experiences, challenges and your reflection so that others can learn from your story.

This can be done in many ways: social media, presentations, displays or even by talking to your friends, family and your community.

Project Proposal

Project proposal is optional (for projects that are self-initiated and would not be used as an MoP for Leaders project), but recommended.

 

Your proposal should include:

  • What is the issue that you are addressing and why does it matter?
  • How can you as a scout provide assistance or help mitigate this issue?
  • Why is your beneficiary in need of help?
    It could be useful to provide background, statistics, observations about the beneficiary
  • What are your targets for this project? What will change?
  • What are the specific activities involved (e.g. Fundraising, Production of materials, etc)? Who will do them?
  • Why did you choose to address the issue in the manner that you have?

 

Please take note: The above list is merely a suggestion/guide you are free to structure your project proposal in any way you like. There is no specific format.

 

The submission for the proposal can be done at any time (via email to [email protected]) and do not have the follow the submission periods (the submission periods only applies for the final reflection writeup on scout.org).

Inspire

Be inspired to get into action and tackle subject matter in the local community.

  • You can be inspired through participating in events/activities, attending talks by subject matter experts, watching an inspirational film or documentary, or even through resources and videos found on social media
  • Think about the kind of impact and outcomes of those materials, and why/how it inspires you
  • In the reflection, do remember to explain why the target community is in need of help.

Learn & Decide

With the inspirations in mind, think of the possible project that you would like to be involved in. The subject matter should be in relation to your experience that inspired you.

  • You should identify your purpose, beneficiary, your skills/knowledge and your desired outcomes or learning points.
  • Explore and prepare for the project by proposing/discussing with the beneficiary their needs and what you can offer
  • Gather your support and resources for the project
  • Do consider what Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) your project is targeting

 

In the reflection, do remember to explain how you are able to help meet those needs in your capacity.

Do [1]

Organise a service-related project with an organisation/ beneficiary [2], spending no less than TWENTY FOUR (24) service hours[3] in total.
*The project can be done over a few sessions.

Share

Share your story with others by letting others know what your project is all about and its impact/ outcomes. You can recount on your experiences, challenges and your reflection so that others can learn from your story.

This can be done in many ways: social media, presentations, displays or even by talking to your friends, family and your community.

Project Proposal

A project proposal is required to be submitted for approval before the start of the project.

Your proposal should include

  • What is the issue that you are addressing and why does it matter?
  • How can you as a scout provide assistance or help mitigate this issue?
  • Why is your beneficiary in need of help?
    It could be useful to provide background, statistics, observations about the beneficiary
  • What are your targets for this project? What will change?
  • What are the specific activities involved (e.g. Fundraising, Production of materials, etc)? Who will do them?
  • Why did you choose to address the issue in the manner that you have?

Please take note: The above list is merely a suggestion/guide you are free to structure your project proposal in anyway you like. There is no specific format.

The submission for the proposal can be done at any time (via email to [email protected]) and do not have the follow the submission periods (the submission periods only applies for the final reflection writeup).

 

Inspire

Learn & Decide

Do [1][2][3][4]

Mentor and supervise TWO (2) different individual(s) or group(s)^ through the completion of their Messenger of Peace programme. Do note that the leader would need to monitor and supervise the mentee through the 4 stages of the MoP (Inspire, Learn & Decide, Do, Share)

EEE should be practised at this stage.
Encourage individuals or groups to

Explore on activities / events / outreach in the local community that can

Engage in, together with a beneficiary or community partner
Gather your support and resources for the project.

 

Share

Share your experience of mentoring the two individual(s)/group(s) with others by letting others know what your project is all about, the mentoring process, your experience with engaging the beneficiary, and your mentee.

[1] – Subject matter should be a similar topic throughout the process to encourage a strong learning experience in the desired subject matter

[2] – The service rendered should be with one single organisation or beneficiary or cause beyond the Scouting (defined by WOSM membership) and Guiding (defined by WAGGGS membership) community (with the exception of special needs Scouts/Guides) to encourage long term engagements and sustainable projects. The project can be done over a few sessions.

[3] – Service hours only include time spent towards direct engagement with the beneficiary (i.e., executing the project) and does not include planning, meetings, preparation of materials etc. The sharing of project reflections among peers (Cubs, Scouts, Ventures, Rovers, Leaders) is also not included as it falls under the “Share” component

[4] – The two individual(s) and/or group(s) should be pursuing the programme separately.

Parallel Programmes with Messengers of Peace

Getting Your Messengers of Peace Badge

1. To ensure eligibility, please register before starting the programme, through MSDS’s Youth Programme Registration portal: intranet.scout.org.sg The accepted registration will be duly notified.
NOTE: This can be done outside the submission period.

2. Download the reflection guide from the Better World website under “Repository”. You may wish to keep this document handy along your project and record your reflections as you go along.

3. During the submission period, upload the completed reflection document to the submission system. Please ensure that all sections are properly filled up.
Please only submit Word (doc, docx) or PDF files. Pages and Google Docs files are not accepted.

4. Your submission will then be evaluated, and you will be updated subsequently.
Please note that projects must be submitted to us (via the submission form) within SIX (6) months of the project’s conclusion

Evaluation Criteria

Your submission will be evaluated based on the following criteria*:

  • Depth and detail of the reflection (the reflection guide serves as a journal while you go on your MoP journey. Therefore, each section should be described in detail, documenting your thoughts, emotion, research, questions along the way).
  • Service hour breakdown (please refer to the specific criteria for your respective section).
  • Photos of you in action (photos should show the applicant in action and not be posed (i.e., group photos), if there are privacy concerns, please contact the Better World team before the evaluation period).
  • SDGs targeted (the SDGs should be relevant to your project, and justifications should be provided as to why the specific SDGs was targeted).

* – This should only be used as a guide and is non-exhaustive.  

Guidelines Updated

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