Cubs Environmental Conservation

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Learn how to separate recyclable and non-recyclable rubbish ready for collection 

a. Find out where to take recyclable items that cannot be collected with your normal rubbish 

b. Create a leaflet showing people which materials can and can’t be recycled 

Find out how to reduce the energy and water you use in your home 

a. Show how you have encouraged your family to reduce water and energy use over 4 weeks 

b. Find a way to tell other people how to reduce their energy and water use (e.g. a poster) 

Find out about 1 type of renewable energy  

a. Think about the advantages and disadvantages of the technology 

b. Create a poster or leaflet, explaining what it is, how it works, and its advantages and disadvantages  

Enjoy

Send any work that you do for this badge to 14thbroadstairs+cubs@gmail.com or keep it safe and being it along when Scouting returns

Any questions, use the same email address, or for parents; post in Facebook, or message a leader. 

There are some extra activities which you could do below!

Bee Prepared  

You will need: 

  • Scissors 
  • String 
  • Paper drinking straws 
  • Bamboo canes  
  • Clean, empty plastic bottles (2 litres) 
  • Natural materials (e.g. leaves, twigs, feathers) 
  • Dead hollow stems from garden plants (optional) 

Using scissors, carefully cut the top and bottom off your bottle

Everyone should loop a piece of string through the bottle, so that it can be hung up outside

Gather enough bamboo canes, stems, and straws to fill their bottle. Check that they are hollow, with open ends for bees to burrow in

Use scissors and cut the canes, stems, and straws so that they are the same length as the bottle (you might need to use a saw, so make sure you are careful and have adult supervision!)

Push your canes, stems, and straws into the bottle, add smaller twigs and stems in the gaps, to make sure it is tightly packed

Hang the finished bee hotel on a sunny wall, at least 1 meter off the ground, make sure it is sheltered from rain  

Wrapping Waste Cards 

You will need: 

  • Scrap card 
  • Scissors 
  • PVA glue  
  • Pens/pencils 
  • A selection of used wrapping paper and tissue paper 

Fold your piece of card in half, deciding which way up you want your card to be 

Think about the design of your card; who is it for? What would they like? How about stripes, random shapes, or a collaged scene? 

You might want to sketch a design onto your card in pencil first  

Rip or cut the wrapping paper into small pieces, matching your design  

Add a thin layer of PVA glue to the back of the paper, then gently press it on (don’t add too much glue, or it will make it soggy) 

Keep sticking wrapping paper to your cards, it doesn’t matter if they go on the back, or overlap the edge  

If any wrapping paper sticks out over the edge of your card, carefully trim it with scissors  

Draw or write a message inside your card  

Frame The Wind 

You will need: 

  • Rulers 
  • Scissors 
  • Stapler  
  • Paper cups 
  • Drawing pins  
  • Clean, empty plastic bottles (2 litres) 
  • Thick cardboard  
  • Pencils with erasers on the ends  

Cut out 2 identical pieces of cardboard, each 1 inch wide and 7 inches long  

Cross the strips of cardboard at right angles and staple them together in the middle  

Staple a plastic cup to both ends of each strip, taking note of the direction they need to face as shown in the diagram (below) 

Mark the outside of one of the cups with a cross/dot; you’ll use this to count the rotations so make sure that you can see it 

Carefully put a drawing pin through the centre of the cardboard cross and push it into the eraser on the end of the pencil – gently turn the cross to check that it spins 

Place the pencil into an empty plastic bottle, with the pointed end down – the turbine should stand up on its own  

Take your turbine to various areas and test the wind speed for 60 seconds, counting the number of rotations each time – try to find the most and least windy areas 

e.g. out of a window (carefully!), in your garden  

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