only one opportunity to grow and develop their full potential and
as Leaders in Scouting you play an important role in young people's
growth and development. In all countries children are a precious resource
and it is very important that governments and individuals work to
make sure that children's well-being, growth and development are a
In 1989 the United
Nations adopted a Convention on the Rights of the Child which states
that each Country should give its children the best it has to give.
Here are some activities to help you and your Cub Scouts explore children's
rights. Relevant parts of the Convention are quoted under the chapter
headings and they apply to children all around the world. Scouting
as an international family can play its part in promoting and working
for children's rights.
Cut out some pictures
of children from different backgrounds and write the following words
on card or pieces of paper.
One of the other languages
spoken in Uganda is Lugandan and the greetings in Lugandan are:
||go to school
in other countries
beaten with sticks
Have one set
of cards for each picture. Taking one picture at a time and in small
groups ask the Cub Scouts to think about the life of the child and
what they have a right to. Each Cub Scout uncovers a card and decides
whether the young person has this right or not.
The results can
be compared and the Cub Scouts asked to give an opinion on why there
may be differences.
Children often have
little or no opportunity to have their opinions listened to or acted
upon. Sixers should have an opportunity to contribute to
- Write a letter,
a poem, or draw a picture of how the Pack could be improved!
- Discuss what
should be taken note of or changed in the local community. Write
a letter to the local paper, the Group Scout Leader or the local
council. This could be on any number of topics but might include
the opening hours of the library, play facilities locally or the
provision of pedestrian crossings or cycling tracks or where they
would like to go for the Group Camp.
- What do the
Cub Scouts most and least enjoy about Cub Scouting? Make a list
and when it is completed ask them to think about what they could
do to help everyone enjoy Cub Scouts more.
- Make a note
of their actions and this could be a code of practice for the Pack
or for each Six. An example:
Scouts in the Red Six will:
kind to each other
new Cub Scouts
Scouts in the 32nd Anywhere Pack will:
to each other and to Leaders