FAQ

Better World Framework

Better World Framework is a co-creative collaboration system across the three World Programmes – Scouts of the World Award, World Scout Environment Programme and Messengers of Peace, and several partners/regional/NSOs programmes.

The framework is new but the programmes (as above) under the framework are definitely not. It is an approach to achieve synergy across different programmes.

Before the framework, only a few of the programmes are synergised. The framework seeks to encourage youth to take up different programmes depending on their interests. An individual can utilise a component or project to satisfy the criteria or requirement for several programmes instead of just one.

Scouts of the World Award

Under The Singapore Scout Association, all Ventures and Rovers between the age of 17 to 26 years old as of the calendar year are eligible for the Scouts of the World Award.

You will need to attend a three day two night residential Scouts of the World Discovery Workshop organised by The Singapore Scout Association. Upon completion, you can proceed to propose a project of your interest or take up a pre-existing project for your Scouts of the World Voluntary Service Project component. Once you have completed your project, submit a report for evaluation. If the report has met all the criteria, you will be awarded the Scouts of the World Award.

Unfortunately, no. The process is designed in a way to allow progressive learning. It follows the concept of ‘Discover’, ‘Respond’ and ‘Take Action’, hence you should not be taking action before discovering about the potential issues or concerns of your subject matter.

Unfortunately, no. The process is designed in a way to allow progressive learning. It follows the concept of ‘Discover’, ‘Respond’ and ‘Take Action’, hence you should not be taking action before discovering about the potential issues or concerns of your subject matter.

It should comprise of at least 14 days of full service or at least 80 hours of service. You can either do it in one stretch or spread over a duration.

The hours can be considered as long as you are doing a beneficial service. It should not include planning, recreational, meal and rest/sleep time.

World Scout Environment Programme

Under The Singapore Scout Association, all Cubs, Scouts, Ventures and Rovers up to the age of 26 years old are eligible for the World Scout Environment Programme.

You can download the resources from the website and carry out the activities on your own or with the assistance of your unit leaders. There is a record sheet on which upon completion of any section, your unit leader or authorised personnel will endorse. You will need to complete five sections for Part A and a project for Part B.

Yes, you can. The different stages are planned in such a way that the efforts taken to complete the programme are different. As a Cub Scout, you will be engaged at a more participative level. At a higher echelon as a Scout/Venture/Rover, you will find that the criteria for your stage would require you to plan and organise. This is to encourages progressive development in the area that you are interested in.

Yes, you can. In fact, you are strongly encouraged to do so. This will help the younger Scouts to complete their component while you are doing yours at the same time.

As the World Scout Environment Programme is a self-pursue programme, similar to a proficiency badge, the report allows the evaluator to review your understanding and learnings from the programmes. Should there be any sections that are incomplete, the evaluator will advise the candidate accordingly to revise for another submission.

Messengers of Peace

Under The Singapore Scout Association, all Cubs, Scouts, Ventures and Rovers up to the age of 26 years old are eligible for the Messengers of Peace programme.

You will be required to complete the four steps of the programme – ‘Inspire’, ‘Learn & Decide’, ‘Do’ and ‘Share’. As a self-pursue programme, a youth is encouraged to be inspired in the subject matter (can be anything – environment, peace or development etc) that the youth interested in. Through that inspiration, the youth should that explore to learn about the subject matter through communication with the beneficiary/organisation beyond the Scouting community, and eventually decide what to do. The youth then participates or plans and organises (depends on your echelon) the project. Upon completion, the youth is strongly encouraged to share the project with others. This will in turn inspires others to learn more about and/or take up the programme.

At the lower echelon (Cub Scout), the youth will only be required to participate in a project. However, the youth should still have an opportunity to communicate with the beneficiary/organisation so as to learn about the subject matter that the youth is inspired to be a part of.

At the higher echelon (Scout, Venture and Rover), the youth will then be expected to plan and organise a project after a discussion with the beneficiary/organisation as they would be able to play a greater role in making a difference to them.

The hours can be considered as long as you are doing a beneficial service. It should not include planning, recreational, meal and rest/sleep time.

In order to make a difference, service engagement should also be sustainable. We would like to encourage and cultivate in the youths a stronger value in service. It should ideally not be just a one-off event/activity but a sustained engagement. This is also to avoid the stress of beneficiaries or organisations having to cater to too many volunteers who just come and go. Therefore the service hours (Cub – 8 hours, Scout – 16 hours and Venture/Rover – 24 hours) are meant to encourage a sustained engagement with the beneficiary/organisation over a period of time.

Prior to the service, the youth should have an opportunity to interact with the beneficiary/organisation to learn more about the subject matter (Learn & Decide). Only then the service would be meaningful to both parties.
Service ideally should be beneficial to the community. For example: involvement with Community Development Council to do home improvement for elderly or low-income families, or engagement with Waterway Watch Society to promote and organise waterway clean up.

The service should not be a labor task like ushering, hosting, event volunteers etc. You can contact us if you would like to clarify on your service.

Yes. If you are just an individual who do not wish to pursue/not eligible for the programme, but would like to be an active citizen to contribute back to the community, you can initiate your own project and have it recognised as just a Messengers of Peace project (or simply a project of positive change).

You can contact us and send us a proposal of your project. If the project is ideal, you can then utilise the Messengers of Peace logo for your project. Just remember to share your project on the World Organisation of the Scout Movement’s website once it’s completed so that many others can get inspired!

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