The environment at the core of Scouting

“Nature study is the key activity in Scouting and Guiding.” – Baden-Powell

Through Scouting, young people are given the opportunities to experience and connect with nature. Nature is central to Scouting as it is one of the eight elements of the Scout method, and environmental protection plays a central role in the active citizens that Scouting creates.

Environmental education has played a prominent role in the Scout Movement since it was founded. The Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and Environment (SCENES) and the World Conservation Badge were among the significant environmental programme initiated in the 20th century. Established in 2008, The World Scout Environment Programme (WSEP) has been offering tools, resources and initiatives for all ages to help Scouts all around the world work together environmental action. To learn more about the World Scout Environment Programme and SCENES Centres, check the featured links below.

NOTE: In June 2020 a reshaped and enhanced WSEP has been introduced across the Scout Movement in collaboration with partner organisations, that aims to unite young people in a global community to become champions in preserving and protecting the planet. The new initiative, Earth Tribe, encompasses some elements and badges from the WSEP yet is formalized around a set of educational paths for young people to start their environmental journeys. Find out more about the Earth Tribe initiative on its dedicated page