Environment

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

The 173rd Woodhouse Scout group was resurrected in 2017 after a 10-year hiatus. Woodhouse is a lower income area that has always had a strong community spirit but is suffering effects of neglect as local resources become less available. The scout group has become a vital part of the community over the last 12 months to ensure that the next generation of young people have skills, experiences and confidence to thrive as children and adults rather than become lost in society. The group prides itself on its inclusivity, comprising a healthy proportion of girls as well as boys and covering a range of learning and physical disabilities across all three sections of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

With the group well established, one of our immediate aims is to become an environmentally-aware and sustainable group. This starts with teaching and encouraging everyday behaviours but also needs to transcend all our activities. We intend to maintain the traditional activities and ethos of scouting in a modern setting of environmental awareness and have the longer-term aim of becoming a carbon-neutral Scout group.

The first step in this journey is for our camps to be 'eco-camps'. We want to have an 'Eco Camp Pack' available for the use of all sections to make for an environmentally-friendly camp. It will shows our children how, even in a world with more technology - and thus more strain on resources - there can be both simple measures and cool technology in a sustainable world. This will be a great lesson for them as their generation might be the first to suffer the direct environmental effects of our resource-intense past. Our pack will include biodegradable bamboo crockery and camp table, a biomass camp stove that can store excess energy, a portable solar hub to run devices (e.g. lights, pumps) or recharge devices (no phones on camp of course though!) all stored in cases made from 100% recycled materials.

Scout camps are brilliant for children to bond and work together to try exciting new activities that they may otherwise not get the chance to experience. They are always amazed by what they learn and achieve and seeing their confidence grow is the ultimate reward. The only way to make the great outdoors even greater is to add environmental and ecological awareness, we'd love it if you would vote for us and help us to achieve this!

173rd Woodhouse Scout Group

Moment of Pride

Our group has so much community buy-in, from the Church that houses us, to the Section Leaders, volunteers, parent helpers and neighbouring Scout groups who have contributed their time voluntarily. The people here are truly inspiring and the future potential looks awesome!

Location: Sheffield