Introduction to SCENES

A Scout Centre of Excellence for Nature and Environment (SCENES) is a very special place. It is a centre that has made a long-term commitment to protect the environment and promote environmental understanding.

A SCENES Centre is committed to protecting its natural environment, minimizing its environmental impact and enabling all who are connected with the centre to engage with nature and become empowered to make their own personal commitment to the environment. A SCENES Centre leads by example and acts as a positive role model to other Scout and non-Scout centres, to its guests and to its local community. It can provide real hands-on educational activities for Scouts and training opportunities for leaders, equipping them with an enthusiasm for nature and a desire to do something positive for the environment in their home-life.

SCENES was developed during the 1990’s as an initiative of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Nine Scout centres around the world developed environmental management practices and education programmes and became formally recognised as SCENES. Several of these centres have become internationally recognized for their excellence in environmental management and education. The SCENES concept has been tested worldwide and has been proven to be practical, relevant and important.

The World Scout Environment Programme, launched at the 38th World Scout Conference in 2008, places SCENES as a key component of a forward thinking, environment focussed WOSM. As the World’s leading youth movement, Scouting is well placed to make a big difference in engaging young people with the environment. The ideas at the heart of SCENES are now widely accepted as important among Scout centres around the world. SCENES, through its support network and accreditation system, enables centres to achieve their environmental goals and benefit fully from their commitment to environmental excellence.

What are the key components of a SCENES?

There are several key components to SCENES. These components combine to provide guidance and support to Scout centres and NSOs wishing to adopt SCENES and to ensure continued development and success of SCENES. The key components of SCENES are:

  • SCENES Key Requirements: There are three key requirements (and sub-requirements) that must be fulfilled by a Scout centre in order to qualify as a SCENES centre.
  • SCENES Support from the local community and the wider Scout community: A diverse support network provides assistance to Scout centres at all stages of SCENES development.
  • SCENES Network: Participation in the SCENES network is a requirement of membership of SCENES. The network provides support and empowers members to guide the development of SCENES into the future.
  • SCENES Charter: Commitment to the SCENES Charter is a requirement for SCENES centres and NSOs.
  • Roles of Scout Centre, NSO, WOSM and SCENES Network and SCENES Accreditation: The accreditation process is managed in a partnership between the Scout centre and the NSO.
  • World Scout Environment Programme: SCENES is part of the World Scout Environment Programme.

What are the steps to become a SCENES?

The following steps must be completed by the applicant in order to begin the SCENES accreditation process:

  • Meeting all the SCENES Key Requirements: See p. 27 of SCENES Guidelines.
  • Peer review Assessment of the SCENES Centre by another Scout Centre. This is preferably done in person by a representative of another SCENES Centre, but in cases where this is impractical, it can be done remotely or by another Scout Centre.
  • Letter by an NSO to WSB: The NSO should send a letter, with the completed checklist available on p. 27 of SCENES Guidelines and any other useful accompanying documentation to the World Scout Bureau.

The steps will then be taken by the World Scout Bureau to review the request:

  • Review of Assessment Report and Requirements by the WSB
  • Decision for Establishment of SCENE Centre by the WSB
  • Letter of Congratulation to NSO/New SCENES Centre (If Accepted)
  • Confirmation of the Name/Title for SCENES Charter Certificate
  • Signing of SCENES Charter Certificate by the Secretary General of WOSM
  • Sending Letter of Confirmation along with SCENES Charter Certificate to the Concerned national office of NSO/NSA

Once the scout centre is officially accredited as SCENES, the last steps are:

  • The applicant completes and returns the Web Survey Form for new SCENES centres along with 12 Photographs of the centre and their logo.
  • Official Announcement of new SCENES Centre: An article is published on scout.org and shared on social media to announce the new SCENES. The centre is added to the list on this page.

Learn more about the current SCENES

If you want to know more about SCENES, please read SCENES Guidelines that you will find in the featured links at https://www.scout.org/scenes

The following is the list of documents that describe each SCENES centre:

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