SCOUTS - Be Prepared

Global Conservation

From the four sections below, select two items each from section A, C and D, and one item from section B.

Section A - Individual local conservation

Choose two of the following activities:

  1. Find out all they can about animals, birds, plants or fish which are in danger of extinction in their own country. Find out what can be done to save them and, if possible, help to do so with expert advice.
  2. Over a week, make a list of everything that their family throws away. Highlight items that could have been reused or recycled.
  3. Find out about local facilities for recycling and encourage their family and friends to use them.
  4. Find out how families can save energy in their homes.
  5. Look for and record evidence of wildlife in their garden or a local park.
  6. Be aware of some of the effects gardeners can have on local wildlife, for
  7. Find out about a local group or organisation that works for conservation.

Section B - Group local conservation

Choose one of the following activities:

  1. Make a list of ways in which the Troop camp could prevent pollution. Make sure that their list is used when planning a camp or expedition.
  2. Plan and carry out a conservation project with members of an Explorer Scout Unit.
  3. Create a scented garden for a blind person.
  4. Adopt a pond and carry out conservation work and maintenance, getting permission and expert advice as necessary.
  5. Build a hide, use it for observing wildlife, preferably staying overnight, and then report their findings.
  6. Assist with the preservation of a stretch of water, such as a stream or canal.
  7. Survey a derelict site, recording how nature has started to reclaim it. Plan and, where possible, take action to help further reclamation.
  8. Survey the local area to find examples of how man has damaged nature. Show how this can be avoided. Send the results of their survey to the relevant authorities.
  9. Survey the local area to find examples of how man has tried to improve his environment. Send a letter of appreciation to the relevant authorities.

Section C - Global conservation

Choose two of the following activities:

  1. Explain how different types of pollution in soil affect growing plants. Describe the safeguards that need to be taken.
  2. Explain the pollution caused by motor vehicles. Describe how this affects people, plants and buildings and, where possible, illustrate their findings.
  3. Explain the causes of water pollution and the action that could be taken to lessen the effects.
  4. Explain how government, industries and other agencies are helping people to become aware of conservation.
  5. Explain how trees are useful to man.
  6. Explain why so many animals in the world are threatened by extinction and suggest what the Patrol can do to assist in their survival.

Section D - Telling others

Choose two of the following activities:

  1. Prepare a checklist of do's and don'ts for campers and hikers, so that the natural environment is neither destroyed nor harmed by their activities. Give a copy of the list to each member of the Troop.
  2. Plan a campaign to conserve energy at home, at school, at camp or at Troop meetings. Support their campaign with posters, displays, and information for the press and advertising material.
  3. Help to make a bird box, bird table or bird feeder with a Cub Scout Pack.
  4. As part of the plans for an expedition, plan a project to improve the environment. Carry out the project and report on it to the local Lions or Rotary Club, sponsoring authority, Parents'/Carers' Open Evening or similar occasion.
  5. Use an original and eye-catching method to inform others about the importance of saving energy and resources. For example, design a poster or collage, produce a photographic display or a short video, compose a song or poem or make a model out of recycled material.
Alternative activities may be undertaken as agreed between Scouts and the Section leadership team. An adult with some expertise in conservation may be consulted to help with the selection of projects and preparation of alternatives.