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.



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!

Jim Rhodes

District Commissioner

Are you ready for the #17days17sdgs challenge?

The first goal you must tackle is SDG 1 – No Poverty. Nearly half of the world lives in poverty today, and so many people struggle for basic human needs like adequate food and clean water. Eliminating poverty is about giving all people everywhere an equal chance at living fulfilled lives.

For ideas on practical activities you can do right now, download our No Poverty Daily Activity Sheet.

Take the No Poverty Survey here!

Make sure to post your actions using the #scoutsforsdgs #17days17sdgs and send us your actions by using the form provided on the home page of the website!

Scouts of all ages can help achieve ‘SDG 2 – Zero Hunger’ by 2030. Not only can you help us achieve this goal, you can do it from home… TODAY!

For ideas on practical activities you can do right now, download our Zero Hunger Daily Activity Sheet .

If you would like to do a bit of detective work to find out more about the goal of Zero Hunger, then travel around the World (Wide Web) on our Zero Hunger Fact-Finding Mission !

We will be posting activity sheets and fact-finding missions every day, covering all 17 SDGs, so check back tomorrow for more! #17days17sdgs #scoutsforsdgs

If you want to create good health, then it all starts with small decisions you make each and every day, that is why SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being is one of the most important Sustainable Development Goals!

Embark on the Good Health and Well-Being Fact-Finding Mission!

Make sure to share your actions using the #17days17sdgs or comment below!

Quality Education is one that educates the student in becoming an active and productive member of society. There are many forms of education, Scouting being Non-Formal Education!

Today we challenge you to learn about a topic you have always wanted to learn more about! If that be the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out the section above to learn more about the SDG’s.

Check out our Quality Education Daily Activity Sheet for more actions you can do TODAY!

Tackle today’s Quality Education Fact-Finding Mission!

Tag us in all of your actions, remember the most important part of education is learning from each other! #17days17sdgs #scoutsforsdgs

Gender Equality is the state in which access to rights, opportunities and resources is unaffected by gender.

The Boy Scouts of America has a commitment to provide equal access, fair treatment and equal opportunities for equal outcomes for every member of our Scouting family!

Check out our to learn Gender Equality Daily Activity Sheet how YOU can make small actions to make our world a more equal and fair place for all!

Take on our Gender Equality Fact-Finding Mission to learn about the history of Gender Equality and how it has evolved through the years.

Tag us in all of your actions, remember the most important part of education is learning from each other! #17days17sdgs #scoutsforsdgs

Clean Water and Sanitation aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Are you interested in learning how you can cut down on your water consumption through simple and fun actions? If so, check out our SDG 6 Daily Activity Sheet and Fact-Finding Mission!

Make sure to post your actions! #17days17sdgs #scoutsforsdgs

Energy is the main contributor to climate change, it produces around 60 percent of all greenhouse gases! Here are some simple actions you can do to everyday to cut down on your energy usage…

Check out our Affordable and Clean Energy Daily Activity Sheet!

Embark on our Affordable and Clean Energy Fact-Finding Mission to discover some SHOCKING facts about how we all use energy in our daily lives!

Make sure to post your actions to social media or message us! #17days17sdgs #scoutsforsdgs

Decent work means opportunities for everyone to avail of work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace, social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration!

Check out our SDG 6 Daily Activity Sheet with accompanying resource sheets to learn more about this goal!

Our Decent Work and Economic Growth Fact-Finding Mission will help you embark on a worldwide journey learning and researching about this goal.

Tag us in your posts or comment below! #17days17sdgs #scoutsforsdgs

Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Goal 9 encompasses three important aspects of sustainable development: infrastructure, industrialization and innovation

Check out our Daily Activity Sheet with accompanying Fact-Finding Mission!

Tag us in your posts or comment below! #17days17sdgs #scoutsforsdgs

Reducing inequality requires transformative change. Greater efforts are needed to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, and invest more in health, education, social protection and decent jobs especially for young people, migrants and other vulnerable communities.

Click here for our Reduced Inequalitites Daily Activity Sheet!

Click here for our SDG 10 Fact Finding Mission

Make sure to tag us in your posts! #17days17sdgs #scoutsforsdgs

More than half of us  live in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of all humanity—6.5 billion people—will be urban. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

Click here for our Sustainable Cities and Communities Daily Activity Sheet!

Embark on our SDG 11 Fact-Finding Mission to discover how you can help your community become more sustainable!

Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources.

Check out our Responsible Consumption and Production Daily Activity Sheet!

Embark on our SDG 12 Fact-Finding Mission here!

Climate action means stepped-up efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-induced impacts

Click here for our Climate Action Daily Activity Sheet!

Embark on our SDG 13 Fact-Finding Mission here!

The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind… The SDGs aim to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification.

Click here for our Life Below Water Daily Activity Sheet!

Embark on our SDG 14 Fact-Finding Mission here!

Goal 15 focuses specifically on managing forests sustainably, restoring degraded lands and successfully combating desertification, reducing degraded natural habitats and ending biodiversity loss.

Click here for our Life On Land Daily Activity Sheet!

Embark on our SDG 15 Fact-Finding Mission here!

We cannot hope for sustainable development without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law. Yet our world is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy peace, security and prosperity, while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. This is not inevitable and must be addressed!

Click here for our Peace Justice and Strong Institutions Daily Activity Sheet!

Embark on our SDG 16 Fact-Finding Mission here!

Leaders across the world have a monumental opportunity to reduce inequality, end poverty, protect the environment and promote justice and peace in implementing Sustainable Development Goals, but may only do this through worldwide solidarity!

Click here for our Partnerships for the Goals Daily Activity Sheet!

Embark on our SDG 17 Fact-Finding Mission here!