Regardless of age, every Scout is actually a Messenger of Peace (MoP).
Over the years, Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia and other national scout organizations have been playing this role. Through MoP projects, some completed, others are ongoing, World Scouting is creating a network of all Scouting community projects worldwide.
This was the picture depicted during the 2-day Training in Dialogue on 10th to 11th July 2012 at the Cibubur Scout Camp, east of Jakarta, involving 66 adult leaders from 33 provinces of Indonesia. Through different set of sessions and group activities, participants learned more about the key elements of MoP -- How to be a Messenger of Peace through a dialogue; What one benefits from the dialogue; how to be ready for creative dialogue; and application of skills.
Gerakan Pramuka National Headquarters organized the training, in collaboration with the World Scout Bureau, APR Regional Office. GP Secretary General Dr Joedyaningsih supported and opened the dialogue. Leaders from national to world levels who served as resource speakers were MoP Indonesia national coordinator Sri Gusni Febriyanti, APR office representatives Syd Castillo and Farouk Bouraoui and World Scout Foundation Director John Geoghegan. Some members of the National Rovers and Rangers Council also helped as facilitators.
In the evening of 10th July, a special activity was held at the Mount Pancar, around 45 minutes from the campsite, where Scouts made some performances centered around MoP.
Participating adult leaders were Scout leaders accompanying their patrol joining the National Scout Competition, an event being held every five years in Indonesia, where participants across the country are the best boy patrol and girl patrol of their respective provinces.
-- Berthold Sinaulan, APR Honorary Correspondent, Indonesia
Image 1: © Public Relations Bureau Gerakan Pramuka NHQ