In 1920, 8,000 Scouts from 34 different countries came together for the first World Jamboree. It had been two years since World War I ended 1918 and Lord-Baden Powell called upon the Scouts to carry the spirit of Jamboree home with them, “so that we may help to develop peace and happiness in the world and goodwill among all Scouts.”

Thus, the World Scout Committee created the Messenger of Peace Award. Young men and women are able to participate in a program that encourages Scouting to better the world by solving conflicts, repairing environmental damage, and so forth.

How to become a Messenger of Peace 

  1. Explore and research about local problems, people in action and good practices.
  2. Identify your motivation and talents. Choose a eld of action.
  3. Select useful knowledge, skills and ideas to apply.Share what you did, your experiences, outcomes and learnt lessons.
  4. Plan your actions, execute, monitor, evaluate and report.

Priscilla Martinez, a District Representative from the National Capital Area Council, attended the 2017 National Jamboree. She was helping out in the National Islamic Committee in Scouting (NISC) booth within the Duty to God tent, in which, she was pleased that so many adults and Scouts had questions for them. Priscella had a visitor say to her, “We are really glad that you’re here.” Which touched her, saying, “…it was the most touching and sincere complement that anyone could give to me personally.” She added that we are on this quest to fulfill Baden Powell’s vision which is reverence and world peace.

During Jamboree, Priscilla was recognized by the NICS for her effort and sacrifice in attending her third (2010, 2013, 2017) Jamboree co-organizing and co-hosting the National Islamic Committee in Scouting booth, interfaith service, and Friday Muslim prayer service.

If that wasn’t heart warming enough herself, four of her sons got involved with making the world a better place through Scouting by earning the Messenger of Peace Award all at the same time.

Priscilla and her sons Jibreel (18), Mikaeel (16), Israfeel (14), and Raqeeb (12), who are also avid Scouters, joined in and volunteered with the Community Table of Loudoun. They helped provide an elegant dinner for those who may not have been privileged to afford one. So far there have been nine Community Table dinners in total that have served over 1,600 people.They engaged in two of these dinners which earned them the Messengers of Peace Award in 2014.

The Martinez-Jaka family are examples of Lord Baden-Powell’s vision for using Scouting to create world peace. They have sacrificed their time and talents to better their area which in turn betters the world. Scouts are to “help other people at all times” through service and doing a good turn daily. Because of this family’s illustration of service, others are inspired to do the same.

How will you establish world peace?

 

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