October 2011

Environment News

A Scout cares for the environment

As we close Scout Environmental Weeks (SEW) for another year I hope that you have all taken part in a local community program to help our environment, I certainly look forward to reading the badge applications and every year I am surprised about the range of projects we are involved in. Activities this year extended from weed eradication, frog counting and learning about stormwater drains, to tree planting, propagation as well as recycle training and bird box building.

I am looking forward to releasing some articles shortly about the environment. The first is an excellent short article and guideline for disposing of your old computers. This will be a reprint of a “Choice” article from earlier this year which “Choice” has kindly allowed us to reproduce. The reason for the late release is “Choice” and myself are finalising an extremely good membership offer that was suggested by “Choice”, which should be of interest, particularly to our Adult leaders. 

The recent phone conference of State Environment Commissioners showed some concerns as to the appropriate advertising of the World Scout Environment Badge and we are thankful for Chris Mallam and his National Youth Council patrol for taking on a review of this important area. The National Youth Council identified that advertising created misconceptions of the amount of time needed for project completion as well as the possible projects that met the criteria. They will be advising Leaders on the new criteria and requirements to be introduced for the advertising of the World Scout Environment badge in Australia.

With a lot of other material developing I hope to have a much more comprehensive report for the end of the year so that we can think how to prepare for the following year.


Yours In Scouting.

Gus Lloyd

National Adviser for Environment



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