includes our natural environment and our man-made environment. You
will probably have undertaken some activities with your Scouts to
explore our natural resources and how we can preserve these. In
this chapter we will look at our man- made environment and explore
how this can be made child-friendly. We will also explore the water
cycle as it is important that clean water is available to everybody.
1. Why Healthy?
have the right to grow up in a healthy environment which provides
facilities for them to grow and develop. Ask the Scouts to make
a list of the facilities which should be provided for young people
of different age groups such as:
Is there anything
the Scouts can do to make their environment more child friendly?
0-5 years, 5-11 years, 12-16 years, 16-18 years The
Scouts can devise a questionnaire,
distribute it to lots of people and then collate the results. The
Troop could then present their findings to one of your local community
leaders, a religious leader or a district councilor.
b) Give each Patrol a large sheet of paper and ask them to design
a model village,
see example - village.pdf
town or city. Remind them to think about the facilities which people
need for instance shopping, transport, - recreation, worship, schooling,
and employment. Each
Patrol can then present its model to the Troop.
- Have the
Scouts thought about providing facilities for the different age
groups in the community?
- Are there
facilities for young people of different backgrounds to mix together?
A town planner,
architect, district councilor or religious leader may like to hear
the Scouts views on their ideal village, town or city and would
be able to provide valuable input.
Many of the actions we take have a knock-on effect on the environment.
This activity helps Scouts explore 'connections'. Write
the statement 'what's the connection' on the front of a long envelope.
Copy the stages
strips of paper and put each individual strip in the envelope and
seal it. Make sure the order is jumbled. Give
each Patrol an envelope and invite them to make the connection.
If they cannot find the links they can open the envelope and arrange
the stages in order. Challenge them to make up their own which they
can try out on another Patrol.