Does the local and global community benefit from your unit’s activities ?
As groups and as individuals, our actions impact others both in our communities and further afield. For example, buying Fairtrade supports farmers in other countries. We can also make a difference through local support of global campaigns, or through activities which help vulnerable people within our own communities.
Scout and Guide leaders recognise that people, places, economies and environments are interconnected and mutually dependent. They understand that these interdependencies impact on relationships locally, globally, have been shaped by history and will shape the future. They are aware that everyday choices and actions have intended and unintended impacts on the lives of others and the environment both locally and globally.
Is the local and global community invited to participate in your unit’s activities?
Diverse opinions and perspectives enrich our lives and help us to better understand different cultures and ways of life. By meeting people from a range of backgrounds and hearing their stories, we equip ourselves to engage positively with people of other identities, cultures and backgrounds.
Scout and Guide leaders recognise that we all have the same basic needs but that there are many ways of meeting them. They are aware that differences in gender, culture, class, nationality, religion, ethnicity, language and status are significant in shaping identity. They are open to engaging positively with other identities and cultures and appreciate that this can strengthen our collective response to the challenges of our complex world. They actively take action against any form of discrimination.
Does your unit actively work in partnership with other organisations – Scouts / Non-Scouts, locally / globally?
Our organisation has its own values and way of doing things. Sometimes it is good to broaden our horizons and learn about other organisations or Scouts from other countries, and see things (eg. justice, development) from their perspectives. It helps to understand the world in its complexity and to look for solutions that works for all.
Scout and Guide leaders are aware that the way individual people see the world is constructed by various influences – political, social, cultural, economic and environmental. They explore different perspectives and their implications and pay attention to silent or opposing voices. They are aware that every perspective is incomplete and confident in re-evaluating their opinions. They are open to new ideas and approaches and recognise the importance of actively contributing and creating alternative and better futures.