North Cascades for Global Sustainable Development Goals
The North Cascades District will be working to string the global Sustainable Development Goals into the programs through out the year including Camporee and Cub Day Camp as well as in our messaging to parents and outside organizations that as a part of the Scouting Movement our members are learning and engaging in efforts to create a better world.
This page is meant to offer a central location for you to find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals. You can find out below how we are incorporating the Goals into District programing as well as challenges to help educate Scouts about how they can impact the world around them.
What is the Scouts for SDGs project?
In November 2018 World Chief Ambassador Bear Grylls launched Scouts for SDGs at the United Nations. The largest youth contribution to the SDGs worldwide: it’s an all-hands-on-deck commitment to mobilise the helping hands of 50 million Scouts from around the world to make a shared impact. Through the project, we’re aiming to deliver two million local projects linked to the SDGs, and to provide an additional three billion hours of service for them by 2030.
Over the years Scouting has made any extraordinary contribution to improve the sustainability of our planet, promote peace, and tackle inequality. Now, as a global Movement, we are taking that commitment one step further with Scouts for SDGs – an unprecedented mobilization that aims to engage 50 million Scouts to make the world’s largest coordinated youth contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Along the way we plan to deliver two million local projects and an additional three billion hours of service for the SDGs. Importantly, Scouts for SDGs is more than just a campaign or promise, it’s a systematic effort to leverage the Scout Youth Programme and initiatives under the Better World Framework, including Messengers of Peace, to raise awareness and take action for the SDGs.
Scouts for SDGs features this newly launched online SDG hub and a range of educational tools, training and resourcesdeveloped to support National Scout Organizations in aligning their Youth Programme and other activities with the SDGs.
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17 Day "Better World" Challenge
To start we need to offer a HUGE thank you to our fellow Scouts and Scouters of the Scouts of Ireland who developed the materials for this 17 Day Challenge. In the face of the COVID-19 Crisis they not only developed materials to help their Scouts keep busy and advance but also impact the world around them! It is to their quick thinking and Scouting tradition that we dedicate our efforts.
We understand that some of the topics of Sustainable Development may be hard for some families or that you as a parent may not feel the topic is appropriate yet for your Scout. The materials as stated above were developed by the Scouts of Ireland which means a different culture then Scouts in the US, keep that in mind when reading challenge materials. Don’t feel that you need to do ALL 17 days if you don’t want to, but the challenge is to take part in as many as possible.
Our 17 day Challenge to make a “Better World”
Dear Scouts or Scouters,
Welcome to the 17 day for 17 SDG’s Challenge. Over the course of the 17 days of the challenge you will be asked to learn about some of the struggles that humanity and our planet face. Some of these area may be hard to fully understand living in the Untied States where many of us don’t feel that we face inequality or struggle to get an education. Remember though that even in America some of our fellow citizens DO struggle with these very really problems.
The aim of the World Scouting Movement in partnering with the United Nations to educate Scouts on these goals is first and foremost just that, education. By being more aware of some of the challenges our world faces we are in a stronger position as Scouts and global citizens to do our part to help make the world a better place.
This challenge was developed by the Scouts of Ireland in response to the 2020 COVID-19 Crisis but we will keep it up here for the foreseeable future for Scouts to experience. Being developed in Ireland the materials will have more of a “European” point of view on the Goals and how we address them.
There are two parts to each day’s challenge:
First is to look over the daily Activity Sheet which will available here as a PDF file. Read over the sheet with your scout and do some of the thought exercises to help you and your Scout have a conversation about each fo the goals.
Second is to visit a daily challenge Fact Finding Mission. These are Google Forms created to mirror the Scouts Ireland forms and “owned” by North Cascades District. The Fact Finding Mission will allow your Scout the chance to share their thoughts on the goal of the day and what they learned.
Good Luck Scouts! and BE PREPARED!
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