The World Scout Environmental Badge is an opportunity for Venture Scout Crews to carry out adventures and projects to help them in their Fiontar Awards. Completing the Badge is intended to last for the duration of an average programme cycle; for Venture Scouts this should be about 9 meetings and 2 weekend activities.
Each of the sections of the Badge can be linked to the six areas of the SPICES, for example:
- Emotional: Explore systems of clean water and clean air (eg examining a river, lake, or beach)
- Spiritual: Explore a natural habitat (eg examining a habitat, such as a forest, marshland, or an upland area).
- Physical: Learn about environmentally harmful substances (waste disposal and recycling practices)
- Character: Commit to following environmentally positive practices (Leave No Trace, personal responsibilities etc)
- Social: Learn about natural disasters and their effects (look at recent natural disasters, NGO responses, and responses to local incidents).
- Intellectual: Organise an environmental project: (Environmental Special Interest Badge) with three planning/preparation meetings, a weekend long project, and a review & celebration meeting.
Sections 1 to 5 are the exploration and reflect stage, and should involve 5 meetings and a weekend activity which explores the themes in a practical way.