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Scouts worldwide committed to refugees

Submitted by NGooderson on Tue, 01/08/2019 - 14:38
Over 170 Scouts from the European, Africa, Arab and Inter-America Regions of World Scouting gathered in Brussels from 7 to 10 December 2018 to reitera
“We were really fast, and we took the kids out of the asylum centre", said Romano Camenzid, one of the Pfasyl project leaders. “Out of this, a movemen
In the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, where thousands of refugees pass along the “Balkan route”, Scouts have risen to the challenge and played
“The conference has been really inspirational. There is some great work going on all over the world. Scouts are always proactive. Governments focus on
The event was closed by a half a day conference that was officially opened by the Vice President of the European Commission, Mr. Jyrki Katainen, who r
"I do appreciate the work that Scouts have undertaken in all member states to welcome refugees and migrants and familiarise them with their new host c
He then presented three symbolic awards to civil society initiatives that worked brilliantly for the integration of refugees and migrants in Europe in
“What I have learnt from the project is that if you gather a truly passionate group of volunteers you, can make a difference."
Recommendations addressed to policy makers and civil society organisations that operate in the field of refugee integration were shared toward the end
Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting said:  "The real way to gain happiness is to give it to others."
Today, Scouts, more than ever, are trying their best to make a difference in a troubled yet rapidly-changing world, by generously giving countless hou
 “Over the last three years, our Movement has grown in confidence about its ability to be a leading social force for good in the world. As the wo
Article by Samia Fitouri, Communications Manager, World Scout Bureau Europe Support Centre Brussels, with than
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Scouting refugees with rhythm!

Submitted by NGooderson on Thu, 12/20/2018 - 14:23
For four years, Majd Elewi was a member of the Scouts in his hometown of Homs. Their Scout hut was like a second home; a place to hang out at the week
“I lost all my memories with the Syrian Scouts and all my friends had separated,” he says in an email from Istanbul. “I thought it might be impossible
But in 2014 the mechanical engineering student re-discovered his passion for Scouting, and joined the Ibn Al-Walid Scouts—a Scout group especially for
“All our Scouts came because of the Syrian War so they lost a lot of precious things: their home, friends, family and society,” Elewi explains. “They
The brass band started small—less than a handful of musicians performing simple marches—but audiences liked what they saw. Encouraged, Elewi expanded
 “The importance of our music band is not just to improve the Scouts talents,” Elewi says. “The most important thing is that our Scouts feel they
Ward Al Afef, 17 arrived in Turkey from the southern part of Syria with his parents and younger sister. He hadn’t been a Scout at home, but being part
 “Scouts helped me find a lot of new friends that I needed because I was strange and new in this country,” he says. “Scouts gave me a supporting
The band shares many of their performances on their own YouTube channel . At one gathering, with the campfire alight and local Scouts sitting all arou
 “It meant a lot to me,” says Elewi. “And to my Scouts.”
Story courtesy of scout.org
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Myanmar Rover Scouts organise flood relief

Submitted by NGooderson on Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:49
Scouts were once again among the first responders when Myanmar was hit by a tropical storm with heavy rains, which lead to landslides and flooding ear
Myanmar Rover Scouts distributing drinking water

WSF Board and Regal Circle meet in New York

Submitted by NGooderson on Mon, 11/26/2018 - 20:16
New York provided the glamourous backdrop to a series of recent World Scout Foundation and joint World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and F

Scouts for SDGs: the world’s largest popular contribution

Submitted by NGooderson on Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:41
Scouts for SDGs will see 50 millions Scouts making the largest coordinated popular contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, w
 “Never before have so many Scouts come together around an engagement of this scale and I’m excited to launch this global activation for young pe
The historic initiative was warmly received by the UN and other delegates who recognise the unique role that Scouts play in achieving the SDGs, includ
According to Craig Turpie, Chairperson of the World Scout Committee, “Scouts for SDGs is all about the youth of today thinking globally and acting loc
Scouts for SDGs builds on existing efforts with an aim to engage the Movement’s 50 million young people in a coordinated effort to deliver two million
“With Scouts for SDGs we are intensifying our efforts to unleash the power of millions more young people and tackle some of the most pressing social,
In addition to that, the initiative will also provide financial contributions to local actions by Scouts thanks to support from Alwaleed Philanthropie

Scouts in a war zone

Submitted by NGooderson on Fri, 11/16/2018 - 13:44
There are more Scouts than peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. Even in the midst of a civil war, the Scouts are arguably more effective. Dis
Bangui: It is early August, and the humanitarian aid community in the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui is fearing the worst. The Ebola outbre

Improve your community—you can do it!

Submitted by NGooderson on Fri, 10/26/2018 - 07:06
Mikaeel, 17, is leading by example and encouraging others to improve their communities.
“If you have something you want to do to improve your community, take that chance. […] You can do it. You have to believe in yourself and know that ev
Following his involvement two years ago to repair a vandalized historic African-American school in his local community, Mikaeel was inspired to do mor
“Thanks to the multifaith and racially diverse group of people, representing America’s beauty, we constructed the trail to honor the enslaved Africans
In recognition of his extraordinary service and contribution to community development and the promotion of dialogue and peace, Mikaeel received the Me
And as Mikaeel says, “A hero is not someone who does something huge and in public; it can be one small selfless act that you do out of the kindness of
Mikaeel (centre) and the project volunteers

Honour Programme Investors go to School

Submitted by MarkK on Wed, 10/10/2018 - 09:33
"We have been in Scouting for a very long time before we joined the World Scout Foundation in 2014. We know from our own experience as well as via our
First stop, Scouts South Africa HQ in Cape Town, to meet with the interns who are running the unique Scouting in Schools project. 80% of these interns
"I have never seen such enthusiastic Scout Leaders as these interns who really understand what Scouting is about even after only being part of it sinc
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The kids in the School Troops also haven't been part of Scouting before, but somewhere deep down they understand that if they want to move on and beco
What amazed me most while talking with these young (Assistant) Patrol Leaders is their drive to succeed and how they are able to formulate in simple,
One thing these School Troops can't do, due to financial constraints at home, is to go on a Scout Camp. And let's face it these camps are not only fun
"When we realised that these amazing Patrol Leaders and their Scouts would never have this opportunity simply because the cost per person for a 3 day
The project is published on the Scout Donation Platform were you can donate and when you tick the box 'Count towards my Fellowship' it will be added t
“Field Visits like this are crucial,” says Bill Finerty. “We have all been inspired by the passion and energy of the Scouts here in South Africa – but
As Lars concludes: “Each year the WSF organises a number of Field Visits – to help each of our investors see the global impact through local projects
More impressions of the Field Visit can be found here.

From Orphan to Eagle Scout

Submitted by NGooderson on Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:26
Caleb Powell has achieved his Eagle Scout award, but just four years earlier he was in an orphanage in China and the clock was running out. Find out a

12 Scouts named Messenger of Peace Heroes

Submitted by NGooderson on Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:10
 Meet the 2018 Messengers of Peace Heroes: 12 Scouts—six women and six men—recognized for their outstanding work to improve their communities and
"We are immensely proud of the work these incredible young people have done to create positive change in the world around them, whether it’s ensuring
Messengers of Peace is World Scouting initiative designed to encourage Scouts to do community service and tell the story of their experience in order