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About the World Scout Environment Badge
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:
- Blue Rope – Joey Scouts & Cub Scouts
- Green Rope – Scouts
- Purple Rope – Venturer Scouts & Rover Scouts
The WSEB is a specialist badge therefore it is worn at the base of the right sleeve. A certificate has not been developed to present with the badge.
The World Scout Environment Badge replaces the World Conservation Badge (featuring a panda) which is now being phased out. The World Conservation Badge should only be awarded to youth members who are already in the process of completing it.
How to obtain the cloth badge (updated August 2010)
The initial response to the introduction of the World Scout Environment Badge in Australia has been overwhelmingly positive! Regrettably, however, this has led to a shortfall of cloth badges being available for purchase.
The current orders in the system are now nearly ten times the initial annual sales projection. This is being addressed by Snowgum, official supplier of the badges in Australia, but please note that currently and into the near future badges will not be held in stock at your local Snowgum store. The best way to order them is online at www.snowgum.com.au where there is a flat postage and handling charge of $1 for any quantity of badges ordered.
Please keep your Branch Environment Commissioner informed of numbers of badges being issued and ordered so that a constant supply will be available in the future. If you have any compliments or complaints, please contact Gus Lloyd, National Adviser Environment, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
To those of you who are currently waiting on badge orders, thank you for your patience, and thank you for getting behind the World Scout Environment Program. Let's all keep working together to support the youth in this new endeavour.