County Litter Picking project 2021
Make a difference, get outdoors and work towards top awards!
Stage 2: Plan your action!
Work out how, where and when you will go litter picking, think about how to dispose of the litter you find, make your litter picker and think about what else you can do to learn more and raise awareness of the environmental issues waste poses.
Please note – we will issue a full risk assessment and Covid safety guidelines for litter picking in mid-late February in accordance with Government guidance – and will continually update this where appropriate throughout Mucky March. Litter Picking for this project should not commence until March – we’re planning for now!
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From home ……
- Make your own litter picker! Use this great idea from ACC Scouts Richard – or invent your own!
- You will need an old pair of bbq tongs, a piece of 20mm square wood, a little offcut of 12mmx32mm, 4 screws and a bit of string. (Oh and an adult to help – particularly if you are in the younger Sections!)
- 1. Fix the tongs to the 20mm square (or whatever you are using) with screws & glue. Hint- If you flatten off the part where the tongs meet the square then it will be stronger. Scouts might like to show how to fit these with a square lashing.
- 2. Drill a hole through the separate tong arm big enough for your string/cord to pass easily through, round the edge of the hole back towards the handle end of the picker so that the string moves smoothly.
- 3. Either drill another hole through the opposite side of the tongs and square to take the string, pass it through and finish with a stopper knot of some kind or devise a knot to hold the string firmly.
- 4. Test that pulling the string closes the tongs
- 5. Use part of the 12×32 to make a handle and screw and glue to the far end
- 6. Either drill a hole to pass the string through, adjust the length to be able to close the tongs by pulling the trigger to the handle OR tie the string directly to the trigger.
- 7. Sand it down to remove any rough edges.
- 8. You may like to attach the trigger to the shaft with some sort of hinge or lashing.
- There are more instructions on making your own litter picker here: https://www.instructables.com/DIY-Litter-Tongs/
- Look at a map of your local area and make a note of the areas that you can easily visit to litter pick on daily exercise. Think about any other equipment you might need – such as hiking boots, waterproofs, rubbish bags etc.
- Find out if your local council has a drop off place where you could dispose the rubbish you find – or work out a plan for properly disposing with your litter, making sure you are recycling everything correctly! (Keep an eye on the Mucky March Facebook page throughout February for more help on this!)
- Make a mind map of everything you would like to achieve in this project. As well as collecting as much litter as you can, what else can you do to help? Could you teach others about the issues waste creates, or try to make changes in your life to be less wasteful? Could you do more research to become an expert on recycling, habitats, deforestation or another environmental issue. Or could you contact your MP to campaign for stricter rules on single plastic usage, and tell the local media about the work you’ve been doing. Remember, at the moment you are planning your ideas, you will carry them out in Stages 3 and 4.
As part of a Zoom meeting:
- All Sections: Everyone could make their litter picker during your Zoom meeting. You could all follow the same design – such as the one above, or you could have a competition to design the best one.
- Work together to decide how your Section will help make a difference throughout this project. You need to work out where and when you will collect litter – making sure you are covering as much of your local area between you as possible. You also need to plan the other ways you will make a difference, learn more and raise awareness:
You could try any of the idea gathering games or activities in the CYC booklet here (pg 6-19):
Most can be easily adapted for Zoom – the Idea Factory (p11) could be done by making notes from home and sharing them with the Group – or on Jamboard so that everyone can see what each other are saying. Or Dragons Den (p16) would work really well by utilising breakout rooms to allow teams to design their pitch, and then coming back together to allow each team to present their ideas!
- You could also ask your District Youth Commissioners to help run a Forum for this session to help collect everyone’s ideas.
- You could use this activity to help the Group set goals and visualise what a sustainable future looks like: https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/build-a-sustainable-future/ Then once you have set your targets, work together to agree the best ways of making them happen!
Before you move to Stage 3 – make sure you have done all of the below:
- Worked out how, where and when you will do your litter picking (while waiting for further Covid guidance released in mid-February)
- Made your litter picker!
- Created a plan for the ways you are going to make a difference
- Now you’re ready to take action!! Move onto Stage 3 to find out how – but first check out all the badge links!
Badge links: The activities in this stage contribute towards the following badges – check with your leader what else you would need to do to complete the full badge!
- For all Sections: Completing this Section finishes Part 2 of the Community Impact Staged badge. (The number of hours you complete in Stage 3 will dictate which stage you can earn ie. Stage 1,2,3 etc.) For Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, completing the full project will meet the community project / volunteering requirements towards the respective World Challenge Awards. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts
- Beavers: By giving your ideas and helping to plan your Colony’s action, you will be taking part in a Log Chew towards your Teamwork Challenge.
- Making your litter picker works towards the Creative Challenge, (continuing from Stage 1) as well as going towards the Skills Challenge.
- And when planning how your Colony will make a difference, if you decide to look at ways to reduce your waste, you will continue your work towards the Global Issues badge.
- Cubs: If your Pack decides to look further into the energy and water you use, you will be continuing to work towards the Environmental Conservation badge.
- Making your litter picker could work towards the DIY badge.
- Giving your ideas on how your Pack can make a difference in a Zoom meeting would count as a Pack Forum towards your Teamwork Challenge. If you acted as a Sixer / helped lead these discussions, this could work towards the Team Leader Challenge.
- Scouts: If you decide to make a complex litter picker – or make several for your friends and family to use, you could look at trying to complete the DIY badge, aswell as working towards the Creative Challenge.
- Giving your ideas on how your Troop can make a difference in a Zoom meeting would count as a Pack Forum towards your Teamwork Challenge. If you acted as a Patrol Leader in these discussions and fed back to the rest of the Troop, this could work towards the Team Leader Challenge.
- Make a start on this environmental project and use it as one of your ICV list requirements for the Chief Scouts’ Platinum / Diamond Awards, or the Queen’s Scout Award. You’ll need to complete all 5 stages and agree your aims and activities with you leader – this could include working as a Young Leader to support a younger Section to complete the project, or be linked to a Young Leader Belt mission.