Our thoughts are with the people of Brussels

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Dear friends,

Today’s attacks in Brussels, once again, remind us of the threats that seek to challenge how we live our lives.

As our young people continue to be exposed to the horror of such events, we need to support them in helping to attempt to make sense of the senseless, and to appreciate that our mission of nurturing and supporting peace through our Movement and around the world is a worthy cause that we should promote.

Many of our own members will have been to Brussels, either on Scouting or school trips as well as family holidays. Many of us will know people, including some of our members as well as our brothers and sisters in Guiding and Scouting in Belgium, who live and work in Brussels. In addition, many staff who work for the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) as well as a British Scouting Overseas Group are based in Brussels. They will all have been affected by what is unfolding.

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

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.

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.

Yours sincerely

Craig Turpie
UK Commissioner for Programme

Jack Maxton
International Commissioner

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