"On 15 October we are launching a new online platform for World Scouting. It aims to bring together all the Scouts around the world in a permanent jamboree. It marks a fundamental mind-shift in our communications and will contribute to change the way we are doing business in World Scouting. Also, this moment is very special as we prepare to celebrate another JOTA-JOTI and we hope that this new platform will contribute to further engagement and exchange between Scouts worldwide. The changes to scout.org go beyond creating a new website. They reflect the way we see our Movement and its role in the lives of our members. We have created a platform which will provide constant learning, communication, sharing and development." - Scott Teare, Secretary General WOSM
On September 23, during the 83rd Saudi National Day in Al Baha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 7 Scouts from across the world were recognised as Messengers of Peace Heroes. This annual award was presented to the Scouts by His Highness Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, Minister of Education, and His Royal Highness Prince Mishari bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Deputy Minister of Education for their community work in Messengers of Peace.
KENYA - Kenya Scout Association embarked on reviving the Rover programme and badge system by holding the Chief Scout Award (CSA) badge camp held at Rowallan Camp from the 23rd to 25th August 2013. The camp, which was a big success, saw 35 Rovers participating and earning 5 proficiency badges namely; Life Saver Badge, First Aid Badge, Craft Star Badge, Utamaduni badge and Mzalendo badge. 5 Rover Scouts from ‘Scouts et Guides de France’ participated in the camp and earned their Scout diploma.
KENYA – Kenya Scouts Association hosted a contingent of 74 Explorer Scouts from Essex and Hampshire in the UK for a two-week long camp dubbed, ‘UKenya Camp 2013’. The Camp also incorporated Kenyan Rover Scouts who were mainly offering essential services in the camp and sharing experiences with the visiting Scouts. The camp was held at Rowallan Camp, the headquarters of Kenya Scouts Association, from 27th July to 9th August. With the theme, ‘Making a difference, Kenya 2013’, the camp provided an ideal opportunity for the Kenyan and UK Scouts to re-ignite their historic connections and renew the Scouting spirit.
SOUTH AFRICA - SCOUTS South Africa, in partnership with the German Scout Association DPSG, has been encouraging members to initiate community based environmental projects. Provinces, Districts and Groups received and successfully developed and implemented a number of projects that included life skills, Food for Life, global warming and climate change, renewable energy, recycling and biodiversity conservation. For example in Mpumalanga Rovers participated in environmental education camp training which included modules in Sanitation, Recycling, HIV/AIDS, Stars, Energy, Food for Life, Climate change and Weather. The Rovers were taught how they can teach and motivate children. With the skills acquired, the Rovers prepared and facilitated a workshop for 20 pupils.