World Scout Environment Badge Requirements


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There are two components to the World Scout Environment Badge at each level:

  •   - Explore and Reflect
  •   - Take Action

For ‘Explore and Reflect’ scouts should complete activities based on each of the five aims:


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

  • Explore the sources of clean water and clean air in the local environment.
  • Understand the ways water and air are naturally cleaned.

2.      Sufficient natural habitat exist to support native species

  • Explore a local natural area.
  • Discover some of the local native species of plants and animals and their habitat needs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of some contrasting natural habitats.

3.      The risk of harmful substances to people and the environment are minimised

  • Be aware of harmful substances in the local environment.
  • Explain ways to reduce the risk of harmful substances to people, plants and animals.

4.      The most suitable environmental practices are used

  • Show awareness of how our actions affect the environment and alternative ways to make a smaller impact.

5.      People are prepared to respond to environmental hazards and natural disasters

  • Be able to recognise different types of environmental hazards and natural disasters.
  • Demonstrate how to be prepared and react to environmental hazards and natural disasters in the local area.

For ‘Take Action’ scouts should complete an environmental project that relates to the previous learning and to the local environment by:

  • Participating in a local environment project.
  • Understanding the benefits to the local environment of the project.
  • Being aware of the local to global link of the project.
  • Sharing their findings with their fellow scouts.

These guidelines are outlined in this diagram.

The WSEB can be completed by youth Members in all Sections, and is a progressive achievement badge that should challenge the thinking and skills of each individual youth member as he or she progresses through Scouting. As such, for each section the badge should Normal boy holding reptilerequire more effort, according to the guidelines below:

  • Joeys and Cubs – 10 hours effort
  • Scouts – 20 hours effort
  • Venturers and Rovers – 30 hours effort

Please note that if completing the WSEB for other badgework, further time guidelines may apply.

When completing the WSEB it is critical that the following guidelines are taken into consideration to ensure Scouts participate in:

  • Outdoor activities that are fun, allow unstructured exploration, encourage inquisitiveness and generate awareness.
  • Experience-based activities that promote environmental learning. These could be practical, physical or achievement-based activities.
  • Experience-based activities that encourage critical thinking about environmental issues and lead to shared awareness and deepened understanding of the individual’s responsibility for the environment.
  • Where possible activities should encourage thinking about how the five aims connect with each other.

The environment project aims to allow Scouts to:

  • Review learning experiences.
  • Identify local environment issues and understand local to global link.
  • Plan and implement a project.
  • Monitor, evaluate and identify future actions.


Should you have any further questions, feel free to contact Patrick McCormick, National Adviser Environment, on


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