For Scouts

While the Peace Light isn't exclusive to Scouting, Scouts around the world have adopted the program as their own because it fits so beautifully with Scouting principles and activities.  Indeed, Scouts are the primary carriers of the Peace Light.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Scouters in the United Kingdom wanted to deliver a message of peace and friendship to the United States.  They did so by sharing the Peace Light with Scouters at Ground Zero in New York City.  The Peace Light initiative in the US has grown by leaps and bounds since that gift, and we are grateful to those UK Scouters for sharing it with us.

The Peace Light bridges differences.  Its message is important and relevant regardless of religion, geography, gender, age, language, socioeconomic status, academic accomplishment, political beliefs, heritage, or culture.  The use of light is very prominent in nearly every worldwide religion to represent redemption, truth, justice, peace, and even life itself.

With each recitation of the Scout Oath, Scouts promise to do their duty to God; with each recitation of the Scout Law, Scouts are reminded to be reverent.  The Peace Light offers numerous meaningful and concrete ways for Scouts to meet both those obligations.

There are numerous ways to utilize the Peace Light in Scouting activities.  These are just some suggestions and there are more ideas on our Resources and Scripts & Presentation pages; use your imagination, and please let us know how you're incorporating the Peace Light!

Messengers of Peace

The Peace Light is often incorporated into Messengers of Peace projects.  

Administered by the World Scout Bureau, Messengers of Peace is a worldwide program aiming to inspire millions of Scouts to work toward peace.  Boy Scouts of America offers a robust Messengers of Peace program with multiple levels of awards.

Cubs might welcome guests to a candlelight ceremony, hand out programs and candles, and/or be part of a procession bringing the Peace Light into the gathering.  Older Scouts could help in planning and implementing the program, speak or lead a song during the ceremony, or perhaps create a display about the history of the Peace Light.

Council & District Activities

Click here to read an endorsement from retired Council Scout Executive Bob Hopper.

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