As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Heritage Challenge Badge should be used before new designs are used. The ScoutShop may not have new Canadian Path based badges until the 2011 program change versions are used. Being wise in the use of your Group's inventory is also recommended
From the Scouter Manual:
Objective: I will explore what it means to be an active and contributing citizen of the world.
When planning your adventure, consider including:
- an aspect that helps you learn about and/or engage municipal, provincial and/or national levels of government
- community involvement or service
- the spirit of the Scout Law or Promise in your adventure
Here are some ideas to get you going on creating your own adventures:
Adventure Idea 1: Think Globally, Act Locally 1. Make a list of world issues that are important to you. Find out how Scouting makes a positive difference for an issue on your list. Contact a Service Scouter to find out how you can get involved. 2. Lend a hand to your cause. Organize your Patrol in a service project that can help others in another part of the world. 3. Keep a journal of your effort. With your Patrol, tell the rest of the Troop about what you did for the cause you’ve chosen and why you were motivated to help. You might use a play, a song, a slideshow or a video. 4. Now act locally. How is this world issue connected in your community? For example, we hear of famine and hunger in other countries, but we have people who are in need of food in our own communities. Find a way that you can make a positive impact. Try to get your Patrol to help with your project. 5. Now find a creative way to share what you have learned. How can you encourage others outside of your Troop to follow your example and take positive action on this issue? Adventure Idea 2: Around the World in Five Courses 1. What are the countries of origin for the recipes and foods your family enjoys? What foods of other ethnic origins have you always wanted to taste or make? Create a list of foods you would like to taste and/or learn to cook. Find recipes for some of the foods on your list and give them a try. 2. Plan and prepare a meal for your family or your Patrol that takes them around the world in five courses. For example, a Caribbean style salad, a Peruvian appetizer, a South African main dish, a dessert based on a recipe from Pakistan and to finish, a plate of Dutch style cheeses. Make sure to include some of the foods you have always wanted to try from the list you made. 3. Arrange a trip to a restaurant, market or someone in your neighbourhood who can help you taste and learn about the foods you want to include in your meal. 4. Prepare and serve your “around the world” meal. With each course, share some fun facts about the country of origin for your dish. 5. Imagine coming from another country and needing to start grocery shopping in your part of Canada (maybe this is your family’s experience.) What foods might be a challenge to find? Visit a local foodbank and find out about “ethnic” foods that are requested but not always available. Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.
- Where is the next World Scout Jamboree? Plan to attend and make the preparations for the Jamboree into your World Scout badge adventure.
- Are there nearby Scouts or Scouters who have attended a jamboree in another country who would love to share their experience with you or your Troop? Invite someone who’s attended an international jamboree to come and tell you all about it.
- Be part of international Scouting through Messengers of Peace. Find out more about this program at Scouts.ca.
- Find out about a ScoutsAbroad development project. Details are available on the Scouts Canada website. Get involved in a project that interests you.
- Organize your Troop’s participation in a Pen Pal Program. Register your Troop’s interest on the ScoutsAbroad page of the Scouts Canada website and manage the Pen Pal Program for your Troop.
- Study a new language and learn some phrases that would be useful if you travelled where that language is used.
- Check the country of origin of all the food and materials you use in a week in your household. On a map of the world, pinpoint all the countries.
- What world religions are you familiar with? Have you worshipped with another faith group? Pick another faith and learn more about it. Interview someone for whom this faith is important. Visit his or her place of worship.
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Rideau Trail (Citizenship), Red Coat Trail (Leadership) and West Coast Trail (Beliefs & Values) to inspire an adventure to try on your own.