World Scout Environment Programme

The World Scout Environment Programme (WSEP) focuses on the environment in a broad sense and encourages the Scouts to have a holistic awareness of the natural world and how their day-to-day actions can impact upon this, progressively building a sense of personal responsibility for the environment.

 

The programme provides support for Scouts to engage in environmental education activities, to learn about nature and the environment and to make informed choices about the environment, people and society.

 

It is hoped that achieving the World Scout Environment Badge is the first step in awakening enthusiasm for the natural world and creating a generation of Scouts who care about the environment and are prepared to take action to protect it.

 

To show progress of youth members earning the World Scout Environment Badge and to encourage them to earn the badge in the next section, the World Scout Environment Badge is available in three stages

The 3 Stages include:

Background

Scouting and the Environment

The environment is central to Scouting and a key element of developing good citizens of the world. Since Scouting began, young people have been connecting with the outdoors, learning from nature and taking positive action for their local and global environment.

There are many more environmental challenges today than when Scouting started, making it even more important to keep the environment central to Scouting, to build on the momentum already established and to make Scouting a positive force for change. Scouting plays an important role in connecting people with the natural world, especially given the increasing disconnection of young people from the natural environment.

With nearly 50% of the world’s population living in urban settings, it is important to incorporate the ‘bigger picture’ of the environment, which includes more than just plants, animals and conservation. Helping Scouts to see the relationship between their actions in an urban setting and the natural world is an important element of the principles and aims for environment education in Scouting.

The environment is a global subject and Scouting is a global movement. Through environmental education and action, Scouting can really make a difference.

Principles:

  • The environment is central to the Scout Programme and a key element of developing good citizens of the world.
  • Scouting provides opportunities to experience and connect with the natural world.
  • Scouts actively engage in educational programmes to make informed choices about the environment, people and society – choices that reflect the Scout Promise and Law.

Aims of WSEP

Scouts are working towards a world where:

People and natural systems have clean water and clean air.
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.

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Your Journey to WSEP

The World Scout Environment Badge is awarded to any Scout who successfully completes the two components to a standard that meets the educational objectives specified for the respective Stage of the Award.

A. Explore and Reflect

Each of the five aims are explored through a variety of experiential or participatory activities that enable the participant to connect with the subject, learn about it and think about how we interact with it.

B. Take Action

A need to take action is identified and an environmental project is planned and executed. This should be related to the learning achieved in the exploring stage and the local environmental conditions.

Parallel Programmes with WSEP

Application & Submission

All applicants are to obtain the record sheet for documentation and validation purpose. The record sheet can be downloaded from scout.sg/betterworld

The guidelines are designed to allow for flexibility in the implementation of the programme at unit or personal level. Each participating Scout or unit is free to choose and organise their own activities according to individual needs, inclinations, and availability of resources.

 

Leaders and facilitators can decide to what extent they will offer support in the delivery of the activities. External instructors or activity supervisors may be engaged where appropriate.

Part A (Explore and Reflect)

There are no prescribed clauses, and leaders/ facilitators are encouraged to use their judgement in the validation of the five sections.Related components completed under the Sectional Programmes Schemes and environmental themed/ proficiency badges may qualify.

 

– Related components completed under the Sectional Programmes Schemes and environmental themed/ proficiency badges may qualify.

 

– Leaders can design suitable activities or engage trainers in relevant fields to fulfil the requirements. Leaders can refer to the activities resources published by WOSM for WSEP, which can be downloaded at scout.sg/betterworld.

 

– Applicants are to submit a report of the five sections along with Part B.

Part B (Take Action)

No minimum words are required but report will need to show adequate understanding of the topics and relative effort portrayed in the presentation. Photos of key actions will need to be accompanied with the report. References may include drawings, clippings and videos to any appropriate creative expressions.

For Stage 1 (Cub Scouts), please include:

– A brief description of the project or event participated

– Relation of the project/ event to the sections in Part A

– Benefits for the environment as a result of the project/ event

– Global impact/ link (if any) of the project/ event.

– Reflection

For Stage 2 (Scouts) & Stage 3 (Ventures & Rovers), please include:

– Duration and process of planning

– Date and venue of actual project/ event

– The aim of the project

– Partnerships or collaborations (if any)

– Contributions to the project/ event (individual or team effort)

– Relation of the project/ event to the sections in Part A

– Benefits for the environment as a result of the project/ event

– Global impact/ link (if any) of the project/ event.

– Reflection

– Evaluation of the project/ event

 

Submission of Report

Once the submission window is open, go to the Better World website at scout.sg/betterworldand follow the instructions to submit online.

 

Your submission will then be evaluated and you will be updated subsequently