The Alcoa Foundation has been supporting the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in the development of the new World Scout Environment Programme. Part of this development involves WOSM supporting several National Scout Organizations directly to enhance their national environment programmes.
The Hungarian Scout Association is one of the focal countries and they recently held the first weekend course in Environmental Leader Training in the Scout Centre of Csobánka, Hungary from 15-17 February 2008.
The 19 participants came from 9 Scout groups all around the country. The programme focused on renewable energy and on healthy food.
The Energia Klub Environmental Association were invited to present three lectures on some of the main issues affecting the environment today, and gave an interactive presentation on saving energy in everyday life in a household. Afterwards, participants were given an overview about renewable energy resources, and discussed the main arguments on the issue of nuclear power. Katalin Varga of the Energia Klub was very impressed by the participants: “I was wondering what level of knowledge the Scouts would have on these issues. But I was really pleasantly surprised, as I am used to meeting a much less informed audience.”
The fist weekend, of several planned for the training programme, gave the Scout leaders a theoretical base on how to educate others on environmental issues. Equally, a large amount of 'learning by doing' was explored throughout the weekend, highlighting the importance of environmental awareness to the Scouts.
A working group was formed which will be the basis for an activity group that will provide workshops on environmental issues at local and national levels of the Association.