In 1981 the United Nations established the International Day of Peace. On this, our remembrance of September 11th, we prepare to join the rest of the world in helping strengthen the ideals of peace, within and among all nations and peoples.

In 2001 the UN declared September 21st of each year to be the annual recognition, and it is observed as a day of non-violence and cease fire.

But way back in 1920, just two years after the most terrible war the world had ever known, 8,000 Scouts from 34 countries came together for the first world jamboree. At the closing ceremony, Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell called on participants to carry the spirit of the jamboree home “so that we may help to develop peace and happiness in the world and goodwill among all Scouts.”

Today Scouts all over the world participate in the International Day of Peace, and in helping celebrate peace all year round, through the Messengers of Peace program.

How can you participate? Go online and register your community service projects, including Eagle Scout projects, and help add pins to the MOP map! Scouts who participate can also earn a really neat Messengers of Peace ring patch to be worn around the World Crest on their uniform.