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Scouts Go Solar:
The Scouts Go Solar project (SGS) is an environmental partnership between the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Greenpeace and Solafrica, a Swiss NGO, working in close collaboration with the Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) in Switzerland.
The partnership started in July 2013 and resulted in two official pilot NSOs in 2014; one in Manila with the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and second in Islamabad with the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association. Subsequently, to test the activities on ground, train-the-trainers-trainings for Scout Leaders and workshops for Scouts during national jamborees have been introduced to Scout groups in Philippines, Pakistan, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Indonesia and some other countries.
These workshops and trainings have been and executed by the so called Solar Ambassadors representing all the regions. Some of them have also been and are trained at the KISC where they gained practical experience on basic solar energy principles and concepts including self-assembling of a solar torch for Scouts, a do-it-yourself solar suitcase for camps and a solar campfire
The Official Launch of the Global Scouts Go Solar Programme and the Solar Badge took place on the 16th Sep 2015 on the occasion of the APR Workshop on Environment Education in Scouting (see http://scout.org/node/105276).
Global Scouts Go Solar Coordinator:
Because the Project has so much momentum, a Global Scouts Go Solar Coordinator was installed in January 2016, based in Islamabad. His goal is to connect and support Solar Ambassadors world wide and to Implement the Scouts Go Solar programme on a national level in the two pilot countries (Pakistan and Philippines) as a model for other national scouts organisations to adopt.
Solar Badge and Solar Energy Handbook:
The specific objectives of the Scouts Go Solar project was to launch the Solar Badge and a correlated “Solar Energy Handbook” for youth leaders.
- The Solar Badge is linked to the World Scout Environment Badge, assisting in the achievement of the third and fourth aim of the WSEP Framework.
- The Solar Energy Handbook is intended to allow Scouts from all over the world and other youth leaders to organize and run their own solar energy activities with children and young people.
Why Solar Energy?
Among renewable energies, solar is the most appropriate for learning-by-doing and practical for public awareness work. The Scout method is consistently used as it is a fun and effective way to learn. Traditionally, energy campaigns are often formulated negatively (No coal, etc.) We want to change this culture by saying “yes” to something and by showing solutions.
Why Solar for Scouts?
The idea of the project is in accordance with the World Scout Environmental Programme (WSEP) and with the Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and Environment (SCENES) goals.
- To involve, empower and engage young people (e.g. Scouts), the future generation, in solar solution work to protect the climate
- To enable Scouts leaders to facilitate Solar workshops for Scouts using the the learning-by-doing approach
- To “produce” good examples of “solarized centres” to inspire others
What can you do?
- If you want to solarize the scouts of your region as well, then just download the Solar Energy Handbook on http://solafrica.ch/scout-badge and do some of the proposed solar activities with your scout group (eg. building a solar torchlight)!
- You can also ask your national scouts organization to implement the Solar Scout Badge programme as proposed in the Solar Energy Handbook.
- In any case, be sure to check out our educational solar materials on http://solafrica.ch/scout-badge and like our FB page (https://www.facebook.com/scoutsgosolar/) to stay updated!
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