Be Prepared for Life
Activity Kit Six:
Today many are confused and uncertain as to exactly what environmental education really is! It seems to be so much more than working outdoors in nature. Since its inception in 1907, Scouting has been intimately involved with the world of nature. The challenge of the outdoors, camping, and trailing are clearly things that Scouts do. Nature study and the conservation of nature is part of this. Scouts plant trees, cut fire breaks, clean up beaches and river banks and study birds. Isn't this enough?
Today Scouting worldwide is in the process of retooling and upgrading local programmes as needs of communities are changing everywhere. "Business as usual" belongs to the world of yesterday. One of Scoutings new thrusts is environmental education, but what does this really mean? Environmental education for Scouts means more than nature study and conservation alone. it's not just learning... about the environment... that's environment study, in the environment... that's outdoor education, for the environment... that's conservation education. It's all these and more...
THE WORLD OF WORK seeks to teach us skills which can be related to future employment and how we can work together using our environment in a caring way.
Relevant Scouting is a training ground for life, an investment in a better person, able to contribute to a better future at home, in community and in business. Scouters are encouraged to look at these activities in terms of where Scouts in their patrols are going. This kit contains a full index of all activities thus far. Some were intended for Cubbing and others for Scouting. All are environment-friendly and can improve the quality of life of your Scout families. Kit 5 contains a list of Scout and Cub badges which could be linked to these activities. Let us ensure that we are offering high relevance programmes for today's needs. Scouters seeking a broader perspective are referred to THE GLOBAL SCOUT: Scouting for Nature and the Environment, from your Scout Shop or Maskew Miller Longman, P.O.Box 396, Cape Town 8000.
Everyone needs more money today! Somehow ENOUGH is not what it used to be. Those who are skilled in any society should be able to find employment in a healthy economy. Yet we see that jobs are not always readily available for school leavers. It's time that we look again at how young people are prepared for the market place, when traditional education programmes do not lead to employment for all.
Scouts need to become skilled in a different type of fund raising... self help programmes, which create the opportunities to earn money for local patrol needs, as a result of having produced something that is needed in the local market place.
| This will involve learning skills such as...
Not every small business venture is successful by any means. Many fail to make a significant profit for the entrepreneur to meet his obligations, but in all cases there are very valuable lessons and skills to be learned.
This is the Scout way of learning these skills - through involvement!
Skills which can prepare your Scouts for the real world and enable them to simulate, without risk, the lessons of life. As your community sees your patrol getting involved with the World of Work, you can expect there to be a greatly enhanced perception of what Scouting can do for all youth! As a spin-off benefit, you may even show a profit!
This is not about starting a hot dog stand on a street corner. Scouts are already involved in this way. It's about learning a craft which a community values and marketing your product as a real contribution to Scout business education and environmental life style improvement within community. This kit proposes some feasible ideas...
In this kit...
|You learn how to use market research to find out what people need:|
|1. Making a start|
|How to develop your product:|
|2. Small craft manufacture|
|How to take on a bigger challenge:|
|3. Construction project|
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Dr Frank Opie for the South African Scout Association