The World Scout Environment Badge seeks to create an awareness of personal responsibility for the environment. The badge encourages Scouts to connect with nature, think about how we interact with the environment and take action to protect it. The environment is a global subject and the badge focuses on learning about local and global issues and how taking local action can help both of these. 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. The World Scout Environment Badge is based on the principles and aims for environment education in Scouting.
The badge is carried out in two stages: ‘Explore and Reflect‘ and ‘Take Action‘.
At the centre of the World Scout Environment Badge is Antarctica – the only collectively managed continent in the world and one of the most at risk from climate change. The other landforms create a ‘world’ image – not showing any one particular continent or country, as Scouts are encouraged to look beyond their own borders and think of the world. The colours of blue, green and white are commonly associated with nature and the purple of World Scouting is blended with these. The Sun which brings life to our world is reflected in the water.
The World Scout Emblem shows that it is an official badge of the World Organization of the Scout Movement and its inclusion as a registered trademark gives the logo legal protection.
The World Scout Environment Badge is encompassed by a circle of rope which reminds us that we are all connected on this one world. There are three colours of rope, incorporating colours used within the world image, to show the progression made by Scouts as they move through the Sections and advance their appreciation of the environment.
There are three separate badges:
The WSEB is a specialist badge therefore it is worn at the base of the right sleeve.
Requirements for the badge can be found in Section Record Books available from Scout Shop.
Scout Shop is the official supplier of the World Scout Environment badge in Australia. Badges are available for order from their website.