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Responding to the crisis in Ukraine

Date: 26th Feb 2022 Author: Jon Nutten

Like our Scouting friends around the world, we’re deeply concerned by the heart-breaking situation unfolding in Ukraine.

As Scouts we’re committed to peace, international friendship, and respect for all. Our Chief Scout, Bear Grylls has written to the National Organization of the Scouts of Ukraine showing our solidarity, and extending the hand of friendship and support. We know this must be especially hard on the young people of Ukraine anxious about the future and concerned about the safety of their family and friends.

Bear has assured them that they’re not alone in this crisis. Here in the UK, our whole Scout movement stands with them.

At times like these, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends in crisis, and remind ourselves we’re part of a worldwide family of Scouts. Now is the moment for us to live our promise to help other people, especially as we begin to see refugees and displaced people. We hope and pray for a de-escalation and a peaceful resolution.

Help and support for volunteers and young people

We also know that this will be a worrying time for Scouts and other young people here in the UK, including those with family links to Ukraine. As the crisis escalates, so do people’s anxieties about the situation.

Hearing the words ‘bombing’ and ‘invasion’, without a full understanding of what’s going on, is concerning for us all, including our young people.

As a Scouts volunteer, here are some resources to help you approach the subject with different age groups. We hope they will help them understand more about conflict and help them come to terms with their thoughts and feelings to support their wellbeing.

We’ll continue to work with the World Organization of the Scout Movement and our partners to provide as much support as we can to our fellow Scouts in Ukraine, as well as to young people and volunteers here in the UK.

Make a donation

  • If you would like to make a donation you can contribute to the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal
  • World Organisation of Scout Movement has launched its own humanitarian appeal with funding going directly to Ukraine Scouts to assist with local emergency response
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls