Being sustainable and doing things to help reduce our carbon footprint can have a big impact on the natural environment. There are ways that you can make a camping trip and the drive to get there more sustainable. It is even possible to have a carbon zero trip with some planning.
Earlston Scouts were given just this task – to plan a Sustainable Camp.
As Scouts, we believe that young people should be shaping their experience. We call it #Youthshaped. When young people have the avenues to use their voices and be included in decision making, we can truly support them on their journey to becoming our future leaders, in and outside of Scouts. By enabling Earlston Scouts to shape their camping experiences, and that of other Scouts, we increase the excitement for and relevancy of our programme. Well done to Earlston Scouts on a great activity and delivery.
This activity needed every one to work as a team and communicate well to plan an environmentally friendly camp. Planning a sustainable camp meant they needed to think about every part of the camp to see how it could be adapted.
As a Group, they had a chat about sustainability, and discussed how thinking about being sustainable could have an impact on planning a Scout camp. The Scouts got into their Patrols to design a sustainable camp as a team. They had access to devices to find local campsites and/or to do some research. Each patrol presented their plan to the rest of the Troop to share ideas.
Some considerations they reviewed are:
Whether you’re holding a sleepover or going camping in the fields, there’re ways to help make your trip better for the environment. Here are our top tips to plan an eco-friendly camp that everyone will enjoy!