Our thoughts are with the people of Paris

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Dear friends

Recent events in Paris are a reminder of the changing and challenging world in which we are living.

As our young people reflect on the horrific news of innocent lives cut short, whether on social media or TV, and try to make sense of what is happening, let us think about what we can do to support them.

Many of our own members will have been to Paris and to France, either on Scouting trips, or possibly school exchanges or family holidays. Many will be looking forward too, to events like Roverway 2016.

Today, the Programme Core Team is meeting at Gilwell Park and the International Core Team, together with ACCs International and others, is meeting at Baden-Powell House.

As Scouts, we believe in our ability to create a better world, and through our Programme, we can take action to make it a reality.

We are reaching out to you to consider how, as Leaders, you might want to support young people during your normal section meetings in the coming days and weeks. We have pulled together some links to existing resources that you might find helpful.

Programme Online
Search for 'Peace'. There are 15 activities.

In the Face of Terrorism

Rise to the Challenge

UNICEF - Thinking Rights

The Peace Pack

Scouting and Peace

Building Peace Together

We would encourage you to look at these and consider how you might use them.

In using these Programme ideas, our thoughts should be with all those people, including Scouts, over many years and in present times, who have been affected by conflict and terrorism or who have been denied their human rights.

Yours sincerely

Craig Turpie
UK Commissioner for Programme

Jack Maxton
International Commissioner

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