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Creating a Better World


Imagine the impact of 50 million Scouts working as active citizens to leave this world a little better than we found it – that’s the power of Scouts for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!


World Scouting has been on the front lines of creating a better world for over a century, doing our bit to address inequality and support a thriving environment. We have an action-oriented approach to education, designed to equip our members with the skills to be active citizens and contribute to sustainable development.

In 2015 the United Nations launched the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (the SDGs) – 17 goals driving for improved social, economic and environmental sustainability by 2030. Scouting was there when the SDGs were launched; we have a history of contributing to improving the sustainability of our planet, promote peace, and tackle inequality, with over one billion hours towards sustainable development through initiatives under the Better World Framework (including Earth Tribe, Messengers of Peace,  the Scouts of the World Award and the previous World Scout Environment Programme.)

In late 2018, we took that commitment one step further with Scouts for SDGs (#Scouts4SDGs), mobilising millions of Scouts to make the world’s largest coordinated youth contribution to the SDGs by 2030 (through two million local projects and an additional three billion hours of service).

We have developed pages with more information, stories and activities so you can engage more with each of the SDGs. Follow the links to learn more about each SDG, take action, and then share what you have done to inspire others.

You can take this one step further and join the SDG Challenge – an opportunity for members of all ages to form a project patrol, learn about the SDGs, develop and run a project to take action, and then share with the community so others take action. Check out the SDG Challenge page for more. 

For almost two years, Scouts Australia worked on a strategy that built on our successes in sustainability, worked out where we can do better, and mapped out a plan to help us reach these objectives. This Sustainability Strategy & Action Plan was approved at the National Operations Committee in April 2019.

We reported on some of our first year of action in 2020, and look forward to hearing how Branches, Groups and our members continue to champion action on the SDGs,We need to work together to achieve these goals, and there are different ways we can all take part; check out the Strategy page to learn more.

Blog Post updated 28th January 2022