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Scouts : Creating a Better World!
The Scout Movement
The Scout Movement has a commitment towards “creating a better world”. This is literally about community involvement through Scouting. Hence, society stands to benefit from the Scout Movement by empowering young people to become responsible and committed citizens. Scouting identifies opportunities, both within the Scout Movement and externally, for young people and adult volunteers to be active in society.
The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) was looking for possible tools that could enhance the possibilities for young people to contribute to the positive development of their communities, including opportunities for volunteering, internships, community service, and partnership projects with other NGOs. This resulted in the birth of the Better World Flagship Initiatives: the Scouts of the World Award, the World Scout Environment Programme, the Messengers of Peace Initiative, the Scouts Go Solar Programme, the Patrimonito badge, the Dialogue for Peace Programme.
Scouts of the World
This programme helps participants understand and act on global issues, so that they may bring about social change at local or international level, in order to create a more open, just and peaceful society.
The Earth Tribe is a global community of young people who are passionate about the environment and actively engaged as global citizens to preserve and protect our planet.
Messengers of Peace
The Messengers of Peace (MoP) is an initiative to promote dialogue, peace and social entrepreneurship which impacts both at the local and national level.
With a similar vision to protect our World Heritage, WOSM and UNESCO collaborated and that gave birth to the World Scouting UNESCO World Heritage Recognition Programme (Patrimonito Scout Badge).
Scouts Go Solar
The programme focus on solar projects that are fun and engaging for scouts of all levels. Activities include basic solar energy principles, including solar torch, solar suitcase for camps and a solar campfire.
Dialogue for Peace
The programme is about how to instil dialogue in our hearts and minds as a value, rather than just a skill. It builds a foundation for dialogue in our Movement and strengthens the Scouting value system.
Plastic Tide Turners
The Plastic Tide Turners Challenge will help young people to understand the impact that humans have in the world when it comes to plastic use and consumption and how you can promote a clean, healthy planet that will contribute to a more sustainable world.
Champions for Nature
The Challenge encourages young people to discover more about nature, biodiversity, and sustainable lifestyles, enabling youth to take concrete actions for our planet. It also empowers young people to be active global citizens.
The Better World Flagship Initiatives, which forms the Better World Framework, aim to motivate the active citizen mind-set within all young people, Scouts or non-Scouts, and inspire them to take action – to create a better world with a Global Network of Service.
WWF-Singapore's Young Reporter for the Environment Programme
In collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Singapore), Scouts are invited to be a part of the WWF Young Reporter for the Environment (YRE) programme. The programme seeks to recognise good journalistic and broadcasting abilities on current environmental issue. It hopes to allow Scouts to play their part for the environment by promoting outreach through acquired knowledge and skills.
In collaboration with the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Scouts is collaborating with the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) on new programmes, with the aims to create sustainable programmes for Scouts to learn and conserve our native flora and fauna. It also hopes to equip Scouts with knowledge and skills to care and advocate for our rich natural heritage. The following 2 programmes are as follows:
Singapore Botanic Gardens Habitat Enhancement & Wildlife Survey
The programme will be conducted over 6 to 7 sessions from April to September 2019. At the end of all the sessions, participants will have the chance to share their learning experience in a short presentation.
Singapore Botanic Gardens Ecological Monitoring Programme
The participants will be involved in the programme for 10 full days within a period of up to a year upon commencement. They will assist in the Gardens’ ecological monitoring programme, which serves to sustain the health of the Gardens’ forest ecosystems.
Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goals
Built on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs, also known as Global Goals, aim to end all forms of poverty, with the call for action on all countries, poor and rich. In the recognition that ending poverty must go in unison with economic growth, strategies were developed to focus on social needs ranging from education, health, social protection and job opportunities, while putting into the necessity to address climate change and environmental protection.