Badge Support | Environmental Conservation Activity Badge
Blue Planet II was last year’s most watched programme in the UK. If you were one of the 14.1 million people tuning in, you’re probably also being haunted by scenes of plastic clogging up the ocean, poisoning and killing helpless marine life. Much more than mere Sunday night entertainment, the show has kicked off nationwide discussions around how to reduce our use of plastic in order to protect the planet.
If you too have been inspired by this renewed awareness of the urgent need to move towards a more environmentally responsible, less wasteful, and kinder society, why not encourage your young people to work towards badges that promote environmental conservation?
While Beavers can approach the topic through their Global Issues Activity Badge, Explorers and Scout Network members can pick up on similar issues in the environmental project for the Community aspect of their International, Community & Values (ICV) list for their top awards.
And for Cubs and Scouts, here are some ideas to support them to earn their Environmental Conservation Activity badges.
Help your Cubs burn off some energy while learning about what can and can’t be recycled. You could place signs around the room, with categories like ‘paper and card’, ‘plastics’ and ‘glass’, or ‘recycle at home’, ‘take to recycling centre’ or ‘not recyclable’. Then, call out specific items like ‘newspaper’, ‘cereal box’, ‘drinks can’, and ask Cubs to race to the correct sign. Find out about what can be recycled in your local area and where, using this recycling locator.
Alternatively, you could bring in real items (making sure they are clean with no sharp edges) and set up a race for Sixers/groups to sort the items.
You could also build this into other activities, for example, junk modelling. Get Cubs to bring in recycling from home to build models, photograph the models and then break the items back down to sort for recycling.
To meet the requirements of the other parts of the badge, find out about reducing energy usage and renewable energy on the The Energy Saving Trust website.
For their environmental conservation projects, winter is a great time of year to give local wildlife a helping hand. Support Cubs to support the environment by showing them how to make a cone bird feeder.
Find out more about protecting birds and other wildlife, and get some ideas on how to get involved on the RSPB website here.
If you’re based in Scotland, check out these resources from Scout Scotland and the RSPB, to inspire Cubs to explore nature and wildlife.
Through this badge, Scouts learn about environmental issues in their local community, take part in an activity or project to improve local conservation, and get involved in a campaign.
When your section is getting started with this badge, it’s worth speaking to local organisations for information and any local projects Scouts could support or take on. For example, the local council who may have a conservation team or staff member, any local community groups linked to local parks or nature areas, or your Local Wildlife Trust. It’s also work checking if any volunteers or parents/carers in your Group are involved with any local projects.
Here are some examples of projects that Scouts could get involved in:
- Transform a shared space in your local community, through the Grow Wild campaign.
- Set up a recycling scheme for items that can’t be in household recycling bins, for example, batteries (in many areas). Find out about what can be recycled in your local area and where, using this recycling locator.
- Adopt a park. Is there a local park that needs clearing up or items such as bird boxes to support wildlife? Or perhaps there is a local nature reserve or beach that needs some attention?
- Plant trees in your community with support from The Woodland Trust.
- Create a bee friendly garden, using the Bee Saver Kit from Friends of the Earth.
If you’re based in Scotland, check out these resources from Scout Scotland and the RSPB.