On Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November, The King took part in a Scout trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with the World Scout Foundation. The King is Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation.
On the Wednesday, The King took part in a seminar on Messengers of Peace External link, opens in new window.. This is a global peace project that aims for Scouts to contribute towards positive social change. All around the world, Scouts help others through various projects. Photos, information and experiences of these initiatives are then published on scout.org External link, opens in new window. to inspire others. To date, Messengers of Peace has resulted in six million projects worldwide.
At the seminar, The King presented awards to Scouts from 18 different countries who had run projects within the framework of Messengers of Peace.
On the Thursday, the World Scout Foundation's board meeting began. This was followed by a visit to a Messengers of Peace Scout camp near Riyadh, in which 300 children were taking part.
The King is Honorary Chairman of the Swedish Scout Movement External link, opens in new window., and since 1977 has been Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation External link, opens in new window. (WSF) which supports the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), bringing together 40 million Scouts worldwide. The aim of WSF is to raise funds to support and continue to develop the global Scout Movement.
The Scouts are a movement for children and young people that operates in almost every country of the world, based on strong values and working to make the world a better place. The Scouts play an important role in many troubled areas as ambassadors of peace, supporting the development of local society and providing practice help, for example during the rebuilding efforts following disasters.