A charter is a document that defines the direction and boundaries for an organisation. The Scouts Australia Environment Charter provides Scouts with a description of our responsibilities to the environment in which we live and conduct Scouting activities.
This version of the charter has been developed by the National Environment Team with input from Leaders and youth members. It replaces an earlier charter with some updated terminology but similar intent. It should be used by all Sections of Scouting to guide decisions that affect the environment.
As with all Scouting activities, exploring what the charter means could involve stories, games, discussion, activities in the community or Scout events. What follows is a selection of possible activities and resources to assist Scouts in understanding the charter.
The Australian Scout Environment Charter contains several key words:
Understanding their meaning may provide a starting point.
Perhaps the simplest way to develop an understanding of the charter is to translate the concepts into everyday actions or situations.
CO2 game – this game and other suitable activities can be found in the World Scout Environment Programme Resource Book
Rubbish sorting – have your own mini War on Waste, sort household rubbish into different types of recycling, compostables and landfill. Discuss ways to minimise (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle). Could also explore the lifecycle of the products – where do they come from? Where do they go? Are there alternatives? Relate back to the charter.
Biodiversity bingo – using a prepared sheet, that contains pictures of plants, animals and their homes (eg. hollow logs) found in the local environment, Scouts tick off which ones they can see during a walk.
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Also, check out www.worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org – a website packed with free printables, lesson plans (not too school-like) and a free online course for educators about the Sustainable Development Goals