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.
Mr. Tim Bartelson, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 336 in Burlington, WI, received the George Meany Award from the Boy Scouts of America and the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The Award was presented at a Court of Honor ceremony at Waller Elementary School in Burlington, WI on Monday, September 8, 2014.
Pictured on the left, Mr. Bartelson, affectionately called “Mr. B” by the Scouts in his Troop, received his George Meany Medallion, Patch, Square Knot and Award Certificate from Mr. Ronald (Ron) Vogt, a previous recipient of the George Meany Award. Mr. Vogt is currently the Charter Representative and past Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 334 chartered by St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Burlington, WI.
The George Meany Award is a national recognition approved by the Boy Scouts of America and the AFL-CIO. The award is presented to an adult labor union member who has made significant contributions to the youth of his community through the Boy Scout Program. The Award is named in honor of a past president of the AFL-CIO who promoted the merits of the Boy Scout Program among union members and who provided generous financial support for the Program.
Mr. Bartelson has been involved in the Boy Scout Program in Southeast Wisconsin as a Boy Scout and as an adult scout leader for the past forty-six years. As Scoutmaster, Mr. Bartelson has unselfishly dedicated his time and talents to the character development and leadership development of youth in the Boy Scout Program.
During his many years of participation in the Boy Scout Program, Mr. Bartelson has achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, and has received Scouting’s District Award of Merit for his dedication and service to the Fox River District of Three Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Bartelson has also received the Silver Beaver Award for his contributions to the advancement of Boy Scouts within the Council. Several years ago, Mr. Bartelson was honored by the Scouts within his Troop with the Scoutmaster Award of Merit.
Mr. Bartelson is an employee of WE Energies in Burlington, WI with thirty-eight years of service to the Company. He is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2150 in Racine, WI.
The Boy Scouts of America is in the process of making its merit badge pamphlets available for purchase on Amazon’s Kindle platform.
That means you’ll be able to download the pamphlets (and other official BSA books) on any Kindle device, or through any of the free Kindle reader apps available for computers and portable devices such as iPods, iPhones and iPads.
The BSA will continue to add titles to the digital format in the weeks and months to come.
Click here to view all of the available books. And of course while purchasing ANYTHING on Amazon, please don’t forget to log into Amazon’s SMILE program so that Three Harbors Council will receive ½ of 1% back toward supporting Scouting right here at home.