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Global Issues Activity Badge

These badge requirements were updated on 26 January 2018. The previous badge requirements can still be used until 31 January 2019, to allow for transition where necessary.

How to earn your badge

  1. Identify where your clothing or other belongings have been made. With other Scouts, talk about why companies might choose to have the items made in other countries. What are the advantages and disadvantages of overseas production?
  2. Investigate a recent natural disaster by looking at photos, news articles or videos online. Decide in small groups what five things were needed to help people after the disaster. Decide as a Troop how best you can help when a natural disaster happens.
  3. Find out about an international sporting event and discuss with your Troop how sporting events can contribute to international peace and understanding.
  4. In small groups, learn about an international health issue and use a creative way to share what you have learnt with your Troop. Issues could include Malaria, Ebola, HIV and Aids.
  5. Think about the rights that we have in the UK (like the right to vote, the right to go to school and equal gender rights). Compare these with the rights a Scout in another country might have.


Top tips

For number 5 you could play 'human rights musical chairs'. See the leaders' resource for more information.


Guidance for Leaders

This badge links to the Global Goals that people and governments all over the world are trying to achieve to make the world a better place.  By doing this badge and learning about important global issues, Scouts can explore the world around them and understand the role they can play in making it a better place.

For information and activity ideas, download the leaders' resource for this badge here.

Bookbridge is a charity set up by European Scouts to support young people in many different countries access education through learning centres. They have developed resources that may help you to complete this badge.

Flexibility

Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility


Previous badge requirements

These requirements will be discontinued on 31 January 2019.

How to earn your badge

  1. Identify where your clothing has been made.With other Scouts, talk about why companies might choose to have the items made there. What are the advantages and disadvantages of overseas clothing production?
  2. Investigate a recent natural disaster. Explain what the people needed to
    survive. Rank the items in order of priority and explain your order.
  3. Create your own Commonwealth Games. Explore why we have them and who is involved.
  4. Use a creative method to educate people on the causes and effects of HIV and AIDS.
  5. List the rights that we have in the UK (like the right to vote, to go to school and equal gender rights). Compare this list with a Scout in a sub-Sahara African country.

 

Top tips

For number 4, the creative method could be video, audio, a presentation, a poster or a sketch.


Flexibility

Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility


 

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