1. STICKY LEAVES
Scouts are working towards a world where people and natural systems have clean water and clean air. This activity aims to
- Explore the sources of clean water and clean air in the local environment.
- Understand the ways water and air are naturally cleaned.
Air pollutants have sources that are both natural and human. Natural sources includevolcanoes, wildfires, airborne dust, cattle digesting grass and natural radioactive decay. Although some pollution comes from natural sources, most pollution is the result of human activity. The biggest causes are the operation of fossil fuel-burning power plants and automobiles that combust fuel.
Most of the main air pollutants can be harmful to human health. Air pollution is frequently associated with respiratory problems. It can make people sick or cause long-term illness, particularly in those most sensitive to pollution, such as children and the elderly.
There are three ways in which animals can be affected by air pollution. They can breathe in gases or small particles, eat particles in food or water or absorb gases through the skin. Soft-bodied invertebrates, such as earthworms, or animals with thin, moist skin such as frogs, are particularly affected by absorbing pollution.Sources of air pollution and dust often leave residues on the top of exposed leaves. The sticky leaves activity collects these residues. This makes air pollution ‘visible’ and easier to understand. The air pollution in different areas can be compared and related to the source of the pollution.
2. CATCH THE CARBON DIOXIDE
Scouts are working towards a world where the risk of harmful substances to people and the environment are minimised. This activity aims to help Scouts
- Be aware of harmful substances in the local environment.
- Explain ways to reduce the risk of harmful substances to people, plants and animals.
The blanket of gases is getting thicker as we release greenhouse gases by burning fossil fuels for energy and as we cut down forests for timber and agriculture. Greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide. As the blanket gets thicker, the temperature rises. As a result of this, our climate is starting to change.
3. SENSE NATUREScouts are working towards a world where sufficient natural habitat exists to support native species. This activity aims to give Scouts a chance to
- Explore a local natural area.
- Discover some of the local native species of plants and animals and their habitat needs.
- Demonstrate knowledge of some contrasting natural habitats.
4 and 5. WHAT HAVE I DONE TODAY / WHAT DISASTER AM I?Scouts are working towards a world where the most suitable environmental practices are
used and where people are prepared to respond to environmental hazards and natural disasters. These activities aim to help Scouts
- Show awareness of how our actions affect the environment and alternative ways to make a
- smaller impact.
- Be able to recognise different types of environmental hazards and natural disasters.
- Demonstrate how to be prepared and react to environmental hazards and natural disasters
in the local area.
It is very important that we have an understanding of natural disasters. We need to be prepared to respond to them when they happen to us and to be able to provide support when they happen to others.
After completing the environmental challenges, we headed back to the dining hall for lunch before jumping into our uniforms and proceeding to the gym for "Trading Places". That's the time we have to exchange badges, scarves, woggles and various other Scouting memorabilia.That brought our 2-day camp and combined activities with the Cubs and Scouts of Osaka Scout Council to a close. The closing ceremony was one we all participated in with mixed feelings. It began with a prize presentation ceremony to the Best Troop... It was not an easy decision but the Camp Chiefs and Japanese Leaders finally decided that the Award would go to Beni Zuru. That's us with the Yangzheng team!!! The leaders agreed that we made a good team and should, if possible, be teamed up together again in future!
Congratulations everyone! You did well!
The prize presentation was then followed by a closing address by Madelene San, and the Organising Chairman from the Osaka Scout Council, Kinji San. A token of appreciation was then presented to the Osaka Scout Council which was accepted by Kinji San.The Japanese Cubs and Scouts left soon after as they would have to return to school tomorrow. It was a difficult goodbye, but inevitable. Tomorrow we proceed to the second leg of our Osaka Educational Tour.In the meantime, we will shower, have dinner and prepare for International Night at Kitagata Elementary School.