As scouts and guides we have set an ambitious goal. We want to build a better world. To achieve such ambitions it requires everyone to do their best, and try to leave the world a little better than they found it.
This goal is so big and ambitious that you can not avoid becoming inspired, but it might also feel a bit overwhelming. How do you build a better world at a scout and guide meeting on a Tuesday evening? Or how do you know that you have built a better world when you are on your way home from camp?
One of the answers is that we, through our programmes, meetings and camps, develop our scouts and guides to become active citizens. Active citizens who have gained experiences and acquired skills and, who take responsibility for their communities. Part of this development procces is that we show our scouts and guides how even from a very young age they can assume responsibility and contribute to creating a better world. And when we talk about a better world and active citizenship, the 17 sustainable development goals are a huge source of inspiration.
In 2015 the world’s leaders agreed on 17 goals for a sustainable development to be achieved by 2030. However, the 17 sustainable development goals are not only the goals of the UN or the heads of government. They are everyone’s goals. They are our goals. Yours and mine. This means we also have the responsibility to make sure that the goals are achieved.
Activities to inspire to actions in a Nordic context.
The activity-material ”Build A Better World” is made in Denmark, and all the activities are made to a Scandinavian context. The purpose is to make it easy and relevant for scout-leaders to create engaging activities easy to understand for the scouts. Therefore some of the acitvities might be very specific to a Scandinavian context. WE hope you can translate them to your local context, as to creat most impact and reflection with the scouts. If we succeed in making the scouts the changemakers of the future they will impact their schools, families and the steps to create a better world might not be too difficult.
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The material is made in partnership with Tuborgfondet, a Danish fund who develops communities, and is focused on engaging youth participation in their society.