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A Scout Cares for the Environment

Since Scouting began, young people have been connecting with the outdoors, learning from nature and taking positive action for their local and global environments. Today the world is facing many more environmental challenges than when Scouting started; therefore it is crucial to keep the environment central to Scouting and to ensure that Scouts are a positive force for change.

Every year, Scouts across Australia organise and participate in a huge number of environmental activities including erosion prevention works, energy and water saving projects, wildlife monitoring projects, tree plantings and environmental training courses. Many Scout Groups are also involved with national events such as Clean Up Australia Day.

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Scouts Australia Environment Charter

A Scout care for the Environment by:

  • Caring for plants and animals, protecting and conserving threatened species.
  • Protecting the environment by disposing of litter thoughtfully to preserve the naturalness and beauty of the landscape.
  • Conserving our non-renewable resources for the benefit of future generations.
  • Striving to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover all of our resources.
  • Assisting in the reduction of impacts that change the Earth’s natural processes.
  • Taking part in activities and projects that encourage education through nature and the environment, learning about nature and environment, and action for nature and environment.
  • Enjoying nature in all its beauty and encouraging others to do the same.
  • Thinking globally and acting locally.

“As a Scout, you are the guardian of the woods. A Scout never damages a tree by hacking it with his knife or axe. It does not take long to fell a tree, but it takes many years to grow one, so a Scout cuts down a tree for a good reason only – not just for the sake of using his axe. For every tree felled, two should be planted.”

Lord Robert Baden-Powell in ‘Scouting For Boys: Campfire Yarn No. 16. Plants’

Keep Up To Date

Running a great scouting event that increases environmental awareness? Want to share your environment project to inspire other members? Sign up to the Scouts Australia Environment Program Facebook page and share your story, or spread the word through your Branch newsletter. We will list Nationwide events here from time to time too, so keep this page bookmarked.

Environment Partners

Landcare Australia

Clean Up Australia

World Wetlands Day

Clean Up the World

Australian Water Association – National Water Week

Conservation Volunteers