The Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) recorded a total of six hundred forty nine (649) awardees of the World Scout Environment Badge (WSEB) for calendar year 2016.
Five (5) years after the BSP adopted the World Scout Environment Programme (WSEP) and integrated it in the Advancement/Progressive Scheme and the Merit Badge System, and after less than six (6) months of active implementation under the Revised WSEP Matrix for Boy, Senior and Rover Scouting Sections, a total of 649 applications for the World Scout Environment Badge has been approved for 2016 alone.
Out of the 121 charted Local Councils, 17 were able to produce their first set of awardees of the WSEB, or roughly 14.04%.
606 awardees were recorded for the Senior Scouting Section. Topping the list with the most number of Scouts to be awarded with the WSEB is Biliran Council with 241. It was followed by Southern Leyte Council with 147, Iloilo Council with 80, Pangasinan -San Carlos City Council with 40, Iligan City Council with 21, Camarines Sur Council with 12, Batangas Council with 11. James L. Gordon Council, Makati City Council, Bulacan Council and Bohol Council flank next with 10 awardees each. Pampanga Council and Tagum City Council with 4 each, Baguio City and Cotabato Council with 2 each and Eastern Pangasinan and Northern Samar with 1 each.
For the Boy Scouting Section, a total of 43 awardees were recorded. Pangasinan – San Carlos City Council came at the top with the highest number at 34 and James L. Gordon Council with 9. The BSP is yet to confer the WSEB to successful Rover Scouts.
The World Scout Environment Programme offers tools, resources and initiatives to help Scouts all around the world work together for the good of the local and global environment. The programme focuses on the environment in a broad sense and encourages the Scouts to have a holistic awareness of the natural world and how their day-to-day actions can impact upon this, progressively building a sense of responsibility for the environment. It is based on a set of environmental principles and aims that provide a foundation for environment education in
The World Scout Environment Programme includes:
- Principles and aims for environment education in Scouting
- Framework for environment education in Scouting and the World Scout Environment Badge
- Programme Activity Resources
- SCENES – Scout Centre of Excellence for Nature and Environment
- Scouts of the World Award
Several programs, activities and trainings have been lined up for 2017 as BSP looks forward to hitting 5,000 awardees of the World Scout Environment Badge.