What is it? A badge to support the development of environmental education across global scout bodies.
Who can apply? Beavers, Cubs, Cubs Scouts, Ventures and Rovers (adapt resources as needed for section)
Time Commitment: minimum 21 hour service project
1. Plan – explore stage
Complete a few activities to explore a the following 5 areas for a better world:
- Clean water and air for all people and natural systems
- Sufficient natural habitat exists to support native species.
- The risk of harmful substances to people and the environment are minimised.
- The most suitable environmental practices are used.
- People are prepared to respond to environmental hazards and natural disasters.
Top tip! Use the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an activity prompt! Thes SDG act as guideline for the award – so best to demonstrate how you used them. Try to cover as many of the 5 areas as possible over the course of their project. The programme encourages Scouts to have a holistic awareness of the natural world and how their everyday actions can impact upon this, progressively building a sense of personal responsibility for the environment.
Participation in the programme follows a simple structure:
`2. Do -discovery stage
Decide on what actions you could you do in your community to increase sustainable habits in the environment. Projects should demonstrate:
- alignment with specific SDGs and their targets
- partnership with other organizations
- long-term thinking for sustainability (e.g. can the project be repeated to maximize effort?)
Top tip! Working in collaboration with others who might have expertise in an environmental issue or who require support in actioning projects could be worthwhile investigating for your own project.
3. Review – the reflect stage
Reflection and evaluating your work is an essential component of active citizenship. The review should:
- showcase how Scouts have acquired a new capacity to respect nature by gaining valuable knowledge, attitudes, motivations, skills, values
- demonstrate the long-term sustainability and monitoring of the project over the coming months and years to follow
A summary of how to earn the World Environment Badge:
- Register: A section or small team registers to begin the programme
- Plan: Using activities, explore and reflect on each of the five areas in the programme – Clean water and clean air, natural habitats, risks of harmful substances minimised, suitable environmental practices, and environmental hazards and natural disasters.
- Take Action: Complete an environmental project based on your exploration of the issues and which helps the local environment.
- Review: Evaluate your project and each scout reviews their role.
- Submit an application for the World Scout Environment Badge which records all your exploration activities and the environmental project.
Here is a link to additional resources
Exploring Nature Habitats