We encourage all scouts to obtain their waterwise badge!
To become a Waterwise Cub Scout
complete any six of the following “Waterwise” activities. These may be done as a Pack, a small group or individually. If you do them individually you need to report, in any form you choose, to your Pack on what you have learnt.
- Discovery: Conduct simple experiments to show your understanding of 2 of the following: capillary action, surface tension, the density of saltwater, how oil floats on water, how a submarine works, or similar.
- Conservation: Use your water meter to find out how much water your family uses in a week. Discuss with them how you could reduce this amount. Design and make a fridge magnet to display a water saving message to your family.
- Protecting Our Wetlands: Find out how things we put down our drains affect our rivers, streams and wetlands. Design a poster to show what we can do to help protect our wetlands OR make up an environmentally-friendly cleaning kit using everyday items such as vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice etc. Include instructions on how to use these products.
- Health: Water is vital to our health. Find out what happens to our bodies if we don’t have enough water or if our water is not clean. Tell your Six or Pack what you have learnt.
- Water and the Natural Environment: Choose a way to show that you understand the Water Cycle and the 3 forms water can take: solid, liquid and gas.
- Community: Perform a community service such as helping to re-establish a wetland, planting low water-use shrubs, or similar. Contact an environmental group to see what you can do to help your community.
- Global Community: 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to clean water. List 6 countries where there is not enough clean water and the names of 2 groups working to help these countries. Find out if there is anything your family or Pack can do to help.
- Games: With your Pack, participate in a quiz or a Wide Game with a water theme.
- Expedition: With your family or Pack, visit a dam or water catchment area. Find out what area it supplies water to and any other interesting facts. Tell your Six or Pack what you have learned. You might like to take some photos to help explain this to them.
- Home Environment: At home or in your Cub Scout hall help to build a frog-friendly garden, plant some native shrubs or ground cover, or similar. If you do this activity at home bring a note from a parent.
If you are already involved in scouts activities, contact your scout leader for more information. If you are not yet part of a scouts group and wish to join, contact 1800 SCOUTS (1800 726 887) or visit the scouts website.