Scouts to build 2,000 solar lights at the 2019 Australian Scout Jamboree
Scouts Australia is partnering with fellow not-for-profit SolarBuddy.org, to deliver an environmental and socially responsible activity for 2,000 Scouts and Leaders at the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree taking place at Tailem Bend in South Australia on 4-14 January 2019.
Providing the SolarBuddy activity for Scouts, girls and boys aged 11 to 15 years, directly supports the World Scout Environment Programme, a component of the Better World Framework, covering environment, peace and development.
With this project, Scouts Australia aims to contribute to the the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, the goals relating to good health and well-being (Goal 3), quality education (Goal 4), affordable and clean energy (Goal 7), and partnerships (Goal 17).
The completed solar lights will be distributed to Scouts and children in developing countries, living in communities with less or no access to electricity. All solar lights will be distrusted by Scouts to other Scouts from different National Scout Organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The project management team led by Leaders and Scouts from Scouts Australia (ACT Branch) will deliver a renewable energy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education programme to at least 2,000 Australian Scouts and their Leaders who will attending the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree. The activity will be running within the Jamboree Trade Zone, with a 1.5 hours session running four times per day for over 8.5 days during the Jamboree.
The project will be spearheaded by Scout volunteers and SolarBuddy.org staff. They will be working together to deliver the educational aspects of the activity and to supervise the technical build of the units.
To enable the viability of the project, solar kits were purchased from funds sourced thru fundraising efforts. Key donours include On Track Expeditions, a Telstra Kids Grant, an anonymous Scouts ACT donor, ACT Rover Scouts and Service One Alliance Bank. A $400 donation was also made by a 17-year-old Venturer Scout from Victoria with a passion for the environment, who raised funds by collecting and recycling old car batteries.
Youth members are taking an active role in developing the session programme materials, developing their project management and leadership skills. We have an ACT Rover Scout (age 23) taking the lead in developing and delivering the programme, and two Venturers (ages 16 and 17) assisting with running the activity. One of the Venturer Scouts is Ellery Farran who is lives in remote northern Victoria and is a Venturer with the NSW Lone Scouts Group.
With reports from Kate Lehane, Branch Commissioner (STEM), Scouts Australia
Photo (c) SolarBuddy.org