Learn more, make a change and tell the world!
N.B. All links and web addresses are provided as a guide for reference. Leicestershire Scouts does not take responsibility for the content of any external links and websites.
Remember – if you are planning on returning to face to face meetings once we return to Amber status after the 29th March, you must have a Covid Risk Assessment approved by your District Approver for each location that you intend to meet at, before you plan and carry out the activity. The suggestions below could make up part of a socially distanced programme but this must be approved before it takes place.
From home, or as part of a socially distanced face to face meeting:
- All Sections: Help boost wildlife in your area when out on daily exercise by taking part in some guerilla gardening! https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/guerrilla-gardening/
- As we move into Spring, you may also want to try your hand at creating a vegetable patch in your garden, or planting some flowers. You could also do this outside your Scout hut if you have the space!
- Take a walk in the area where you have been litter picking and take note of the changes you have witnessed since your initial exploration in Stages 1 + 2! You may also see that there are some issues that still remain. https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/wild-walk/
- Tell the world about the impact you have had by making a short film about your project. This could be filmed as an individual, by everyone in your Section separately at home, or socially distanced at a face to face meeting. You may also be able to attempt this on Zoom! Decide what everyone is going to say and make sure the most important messages come across. https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/spread-the-word-with-a-short-film/ Some Young People cannot have their images or names displayed in the media or online, so make sure you have a parent or guardian’s permission for everyone involved before you start!
- Tell the media! Our project has already featured in the local TV, radio and newspapers, but we want to spread our message even further! You may have a local gazette, village journal that you could write an article for – or you could post your short film on a local Facebook group. You may also want to try to access some of the mainstream local media outlets – get in touch with Jack or a member of the County Team for support with this!
Some Young People cannot have their images or names displayed in the media or online, so make sure you have a parent or guardian’s permission for everyone involved before you start!
- Lobby your MP and local Council to improve waste facilities, and laws designed to prevent littering. We’ve all been really frustrated about the amount of litter we’ve found on our travels and how there was even more there the next time we visited! So why not write to your local MP or local Council to ask them how they are planning to resolve the problem and the actions they are taking. You could recommend:
- More bins and better locations for bins. Or more regular bin collections of public bins if you know of bins in your area that are always full.
- Stricter fines for littering and increased patrols to catch litterers.
- More support for litter pickers, such as extra equipment or funding.
Make sure your letter is polite, concise and clear to get the best results. Leave an address or a way of contacting you to get a reply!
- Useful contact details:
- Find your local MP’s details here: http://politics.leics.gov.uk/mgMemberIndexMP.aspx?bcr=1
- Find your County Councillor here: http://politics.leics.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1
- Find details for your local Parish Council here: http://politics.leics.gov.uk/mgParishCouncilDetails.aspx?LS=17&SLS=7&bcr=1
- Document your project as something to remember: Make a scrapbook, write a poem to commemorate your work or create a display for your hut! https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/multimedia-scrapbook/
- Raise awareness in your local area: You could make posters to display at your hut, around your local area on noticeboards / shops / public facilities and more!
On Zoom, or as part of a socially distanced face to face meeting:
- All Sections: Work in teams to think about the effects of the food we eat on our environment, and how we can all adapt our diets to help reduce our environmental impact. (This could be done in breakout rooms on Zoom, or in socially distanced teams, with one person writing down their own ideas or everyone using their own equipment) https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/food-for-thought/
- Learn how long waste takes to disappear by taking part in this activity: https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/wise-up-to-waste/ (Older Sections may want to expand more on this activity to look into single use plastics and the impact of the various materials we use in our daily lives.)
- Run an Environment themed Virtual Camp! This could include a session during the day where you meet up face to face to do an activity such as the Wild Walk listed above – or done entirely on Zoom. You could include some litter picking for Stage 3 and do several of the Stage 4/5 activities listed on this page across the weekend. https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/spread-the-word-with-an-eco-camp/
- Raise awareness in your local area: Talk to your class, your friends and family or the general public and explain to them about our project, why avoiding waste is important and the impacts waste is having on our environment. Use all of the things you have learnt in the 5 stages of our project to create your talk. (This will be best done over Zoom currently, though aspects could be filmed at a face to face meeting and played at the event). https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/spread-the-word-with-a-community-talk/
Well done – you have completed Leicestershire Scout’s Mucky March project! You have been part of a huge army of litter pickers who have made a huge difference to clean up Leicestershire! Make sure you have:
- Made a not of all the things you have done – including Identifying the Need, Planning your action, where and when you took action, how you learnt more about the issues and the ways you told the world.
- Make sure you have completed the correct number of action hours in Stages 3 and 4 in order to complete the relevant stage of the Community Impact badge that you are aiming for. (See the Stage 3 resources for more info.)
- Shared all of your work with your Section Leader and completed anything else you have agreed with them in order to claim your badge!
- Worked towards any other badges which have linked in with the Mucky March project – these are at the bottom of each set of resources – see the links for Stages 4 and 5 of our project below!
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 1 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: If you do the guerrilla gardening or garden from home, this could count towards your Gardening badge – and also counts as ‘growing something from seeds’ for your World Challenge. If you didn’t complete you Explore badge in Stages 1 and 2 you could do this now when you go on the Wild Walk. You could also continue your work towards the Photographer badge when out exploring. If you write an email to your MP or Councillor, this could count as part of the Communicator badge.
- Cubs: Continue your work towards your Environmental Conservation, Photographer and Naturalist badges as you complete your litter picking project and make a start on the Gardening badge when planting seeds. If you write an email to your MP or Councillor, this could count as part of the Communicator badge.
- Scouts: Continue your work towards the Environmental Conservation badge when you complete your litter picking project and write to your MP/Councillor. Also make sure you have finished your Naturalist badge using the activities from earlier Stages. You could also continue with the Photographer badge when you go out on your Wild Walk.
- Explorers: Complete this environmental project to 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.
- Writing to your MP/Councillor could count towards the Global Issues badge and make sure you complete your Naturalist badges as you round off your project – using the activities you did in the earlier stages.