New Eco Badge for Cub Scouts Image: The Scout Association

The Environmental Conservation Activity badge

Bedfordshire Cub Scouts are being encouraged to go eco as part of a newly revised badge. The Environmental Conservation Activity badge teaches children the importance of environmental conservation in their daily lives.

The badge is now sponsored by The Salvation Army’s Recycle with Michael initiative. This works with children to divert thousands of tonnes of unwanted clothing and shoes away from landfill.

At the badge’s launch over 50 Cub Scouts worked with artists Lloyd Warbey (Disney’s Art Attack) and Suzanne Lynas to create a gigantic replica.

It was made using clothes, shoes, and bedding donated by the attending Cubs and representatives from Scout Head Quarters. The replica took over 5 hours to complete and spanned nearly 2,500 sq ft.

The clothes were then sent to the Salvation Army’s sorting office where they were recycled or distributed to the charity’s shops for ‘second chance’ purchase.

Kirk Bradley, head of Corporate Partnerships at The Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd, said:

“We are thrilled to now be sponsoring the Cub Scouts’ Environmental Conservation Activity badge through our Recycle with Michael initiative.

“This partnership not only actively encourages our next generation to take responsibility for their environmental actions, but also helps support the work of The Salvation Army who provide practical and emotional support to vulnerable people and tackle issues including homelessness.”

Environmental conservation now plays a vital role in the Cub Scouts movement. Youngsters wishing to obtain the badge must learn about and undertake activities across a broad spectrum of climate change subjects. This includes:

  • Actively reducing energy and water usage in their own homes and schools
  • Studying renewable energy alternatives
  • Practicing responsible food/home waste recycling

They must also complete various projects including planting a tree, picking litter, and making a natural bird feeder.

Simon Carter, head of Media for The Scouts said:

“We have already had a significant number of Groups signed up to take part, showing what a great asset this partnership will be for our Membership, getting the chance to learn about a current issue that lots of our young people care about and equipping them with the skills to help.”

Bedfordshire Cub Scout groups who wish to get involved with the Recycle with Michael initiative can visit www.recyclewithmichael.co.uk.