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Scouts Respond to Cry for Relief in Haiti

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Scouts Respond to Cry for Relief in Haiti

Posted on 05 February 2010 by admin

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is rallying its troops for two separate efforts to assist families devastated by recent earthquakes in Haiti. First, the BSA is joining 160 member countries of the Switzerland-based World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) to collect aid and to help support relief agency partners such as the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

On February 1, the BSA will launch a separate relief effort to provide tents and sleeping bags to Haitian people who have been displaced from their homes. Visitors to www.scoutingfriends.org/haitianrelief can make a monetary donation or purchase selected items to send to Haiti.

Throughout its first 100 years, the BSA has been known for coming to the aid of the country and the world in times of great need. As the organization begins its second century, the need is indeed great. Fortunately, the BSA’s commitment of service to others is just as strong today as it was in 1910.

“Our motto has always been ‘Be Prepared,’ and we are living out our motto. We are prepared to help, and we hope all of our Scouting family and others will be part of this relief effort,” said Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “It appears that many of their immediate needs for food, medical supplies, and shelter are being handled now, and we don’t want to duplicate efforts. Our collections are to help them as they begin to rebuild their lives.”

“We don’t want to get in the way of the work that is already being done in the area,” said James Turley of the WOSM. “We will house the supplies and boxes in the Dominican Republic and, when safe and advisable to do so, Dominican Republic Scouts will provide the supplies to the Haitian Scout organization to provide to the whole Haitian community.”

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

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Scouting’s Gifts for Peace Report

Posted on 06 November 2008 by Dan

The World Scout Bureau has released a report titled “Scouting’s Gifts for Peace“. The Gifts for Peace report contains truly inspirational projects from over 110 National Scout Organizations, as well as beautiful photos of many of the projects.

In case you have no idea what the Scouting’s Gift for Peace Project is, here you go:

Scouts worldwide celebrated 100 years of Scouting in 2007 by presenting their Gifts for Peace, locally, nationally and internationally. The aim of this global program is to inspire young people to tackle issues in their communities, build peace and bring people together.

Building bridges between people has been a central focus of Scouting since its founding when Baden Powell brought together boys from different social backgrounds. In 1920 young people from countries which had been at war with each other gathered at the first World Scout Jamboree, a celebration of cultures, fun and friendship.

The Gifts for Peace projects have given renewed emphasis to the active promotion of peace throughout the world.

The Gifts for Peace reported here are projects undertaken by 110 national Scout organizations for their impact in terms of education, understanding, tolerance and respect for others. Countless more Gifts for Peace are being carried out by local Scout groups. Some projects have concluded and others continue.

Through the Gifts for Peace, Scouts worldwide are:
• Managing conflict without violence: conflict resolution, problem solving, negotiation, mediation and anger management.
• Challenging prejudices and stereotypes such as racism, religious intolerance, bullying and gender discrimination.
• Encouraging greater solidarity: with refugees, internally displaced people, asylum seekers, street children and ethnic minority groups.
• Working at national and local levels on issues including child soldiers, child labor, street violence and gangs, health education and human rights.

The Gifts for Peace program and projects described in this report show how Scouts worldwide are taking action to make a difference. Millions of Scouts, in over 110 countries, are working to create a better world!

I’d encourage you to at least glance through the report and see how Scouts around the world are promoting peace in their country. If you are just curious about what the Boy Scouts of America has listed, there is a description of the “Good Turn for America“, as well as a story about Hurricane Katrina cleanup, titled “Rebuilding Communities, Rebuilding Trust”.

Here is the United State’s listing, you’ll have to download the report to view the “Rebuilding Communities, Rebuilding Trust” story. (It’s on page 50)

Good Turn for America
Scouts are giving their time and energy to provide food and shelter for those in need and to teach their peers about healthy living. Service is a core value of Scouting and the Boy Scouts of America have been helping communities since their creation. They decided to focus on food and shelter issues because 17.8 percent of children in the United States live in poverty, and because their living conditions affect their performance in school.

Scouts, through their Good Turn for America program, are focusing on supporting issues connected to food, shelter and good health habits. Scouts can record their service hours and to inform people of what they have done on the project’s website. As of early 2008, more than 6.9 million service hours had been given by Scouts to their community. They have teamed up with the most respected governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and the Department of Health and Human Services, to help people in need.

One extraordinary example of the type of service is the cleaning up of houses affected by hurricane Katrina. Many had been flooded and filled with mud and debris. Scouts were trusted by the population, at a time when looting was widespread, and were able to provide hope and help rebuild trust in a community which badly needed it.

Besides the “Scouting’s Gifts for Peace“, there is also a Gifts for Peace website. A project database and website have been developed to share the Gifts for Peace online. The web pages also contain links to educational resources and to information gathered from long-standing peace projects in the ‘Learning from Projects’ area.

It’s a good read and very inspirational.

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Official 22nd World Jamboree Website is Live!

Posted on 06 September 2008 by Dan

Once every four years, adolescent Scouts from all around the world gather together for two weeks of activities and adventures. Building a tent city that stretches for hectares across the fields, the Jamboree brings tens of thousands of young people together.

Aimed at 14 to 17 year-olds, participants attend the event in contingents – one from each country where there are Scouts recognized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). At the 21st World Scout Jamboree held in the United Kingdom in July 2007, there were youth representatives from 156 countries.

The 22nd World Scout Jamboree will take place from July 27th to August 7th, 2011. The Jamboree will be held on the fields of Rinkaby, not far from the town of Kristianstad, in the province of Skåne, southern Sweden. The theme for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree is “Simply Scouting.”

Learn more at the Official World Scout Jamboree website: http://www.worldscoutjamboree.se/en/.

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