Scouting Ireland enables young people to build a lasting culture of sustainability by incorporating ideas of economic, environmental and social sustainability into our Youth Programme and activities.
The global Scouting Movement has been long associated with sustainability and our achievements have reached international recognition. The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), along with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), were nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, recognising the outstanding contributions that have empowered hundreds of millions of young people to create peace in their communities for over a century.
We support the adoption of the SDGs through Scouting Ireland activities and operations so that we can:
A total of 149,671 hours of community service projects and actions have been logged in Ireland.
Scouting Ireland's Sustainable Team was formed in 2020 and have been working towards the alignment of our Youth Programme to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
This team increased awareness through the Sustainable Scouting from Home Programme which engaged 200 Scout Groups in SDG action. 3,000 badges were awared for 24,000 hours logged by Scout Groups across Ireland.
Lesotho Scouts Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Scouting Ireland to participate in a partnership called Lumela-Fáilte, based on intercultural sharing. The partnership in progress since 2010 supported two Basotho Rover Scouts to attend the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan.
Scouting Ireland collaborated with Dublin City Education Training Board to engage Unaccompanied Minors in the care of the state and 15-17 year old Scouts across the Greater Dublin Area peer to peer intercultural sharing, friendship building and exploring and challenging diversity and bias.
Scouting Ireland collaborated in a 6-week programme with a Clondalkin direct provision centre to promote local intercultural relationship building at a community level.
Young People aged 18+ collaborated with 8 European scout groups and the UK Red Cross on a humanitarian response project – ‘Time to be Welcome’- to work with refugees in Greece.
Survey ran by Scouting Ireland’s ‘Sustainable Scouting Programme Team’ identified; two-thirds of youth leaders in scouting have never heard of the UN SDGs before.
Development of #17Days17SDGs and Sustainable Scouting from Home Programme (SSFH) to raise SDG awareness
Launch of SSFH which engaged 200 scout groups across Ireland, resulting in 3,000 individual efforts for collective SDG actions. Ran SDG Support Sessions with Youth Leaders to understand their areas for support in delivering SDG programme.Learn More
Signed to IDEA’s Code of Good Practice and through our immediate self-assessment have identified the key areas of our programming and training to improve to begin organisational approach to embed DevEd
40 Scout Groups signed up to current Irish Aid funded project and programme content created by Venture Programme Representatives (aged 15-17) and face-face outdoor Discovery workshop delivered in August 2020 with specialised SDG workshop delivered by Irish Aid centre staff. Scouting Impact Conference, in collaboration with the World Scout Foundation in April 2022, held in Dublin, will provide the space for community projects to be presented and to identify any opportunities for collaborations among our international scouting community and national community. Increasing the number of DevEd partners we work with and collaborating on best practice for Global South partnerships will transition Scouting Ireland from a ‘charity’ to ‘solidarity’ model of approaching volunteering. Currently we are working on a Period Poverty project in which we have had meetings with UCD, TCD, MTU, DCU and have reached out to peers via the NYCI Equality network to begin learning from potential partnerships for this project. This project will see the provision of free menstrual projects across Scouting Ireland campsites and dens with the support of programme and campaigns. We hope we can build into a collective campaign with Global South scout groups as research shows we can learn much from our peers and work together on our DevEd programme ; Scout UK partner with Period Poverty Charities ; World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.Learn More
Scouting Ireland’s Diversity, Equality and Inclusion team participated in NYCI Inclusive Youth Work up skilling sessions where we learned how to set personal and collective agreements to make spaces for discussion on sustainability issues.
The DEI team ran a World Café with youth members in 2022 which identified key changes they would like to see to improve their scouting experiences (see ‘Diversity in Scouting’ and ‘Group Contract’ attached images). A follow-up session was ran with volunteers to consider how we can action the ideas presented by our youth members.