International Friendship Award was introduced in 1992 as a joint emphasis
for international awareness and forging good links within the Scout
Group. The Beaver Scout Colony is an integral part of the Scout Group
and is, therefore, an important part in the Group gaining the International
Good links within
a Scout Group should not just be a matter of chance. They need to
be nurtured and can be maintained by the Group holding regular meetings
for Section Leaders'. It is very important that there are good links
between the Beaver Scout Colony and the Cub Scout Pack.
The second important
feature of the International Friendship Award is the area of international
understanding. Not everyone can be part of an international expedition
or visit so it is important to have quality programmes which can help
young people to gain an understanding of the world in which they live
and look at the issues which people face.
This is where
the projects of the UK Uganda Network come in. The Scout Association
has developed a link with the Uganda Scouts Association and through
this has identified that the issues of immunisation and AIDS education
are priority areas for Scouts there. They are working very closely
with UNICEF to try to increase the number of people who are immunised
in Uganda and also to make young people aware of the problem of AIDS.
These pages along
with the others for Cub Scouts, Scouts and Venture Scouts, are full
of ideas which can help our young people to have a greater understanding
of the many facets of Ugandan life. The activities, programme ideas
and project work can help young people to relate their own lives to
that in Uganda. Often there will beareas of similarity, so that we
can have shared experiences. There are also many things that can be
different in Uganda which illustrates the diversity and richness of
life around the world.
seek to assist in the areas of 'immunisation' and 'AIDS education.
These topics are covered elsewhere in this publication. However, you
may wish to look at some areas which can help illustrate how Scouting
in Uganda is helping in these issues.
One of the ways
in which Scouting can help young people develop is by asking the older
members to help the younger ones. The International Friendship Award
is a badge which can be gained by every Scout in the Group. The badge
which is gained is a representation of four friendship knots which,
when joined together, represent the four training Sections of the
Scout Group. The Friendship Knot is quite difficult to do and so it
may be difficult for the Beaver Scouts to accomplish by themselves.
good links, you may wish to invite the Scouts from your Scout Group
to come and show the Beaver Scouts how to do a Friendship Knot. It
is likely that they will end up having to do the knot for the Beaver
Scouts, but this will illustrate that everyone is working on the International
Friendship Award and, by concentrating on the Friendship Knot, it
will highlight that the Award is all about Friendship.
may be many things which you can get the Scouts to do for the Beaver
Scouts having invited them to attend a Colony meeting.
In Uganda, one of
the ways in which information is put across is by older Scouts visiting
villages and communities in order to stage plays and tell stories about
the dangers of AIDS and the importance of immunisation. Again, Scouts
or Venture Scouts could be invited to the Colony meeting to put on a
play or a mime or tell a story. The story could be to illustrate the
importance of the country code or the highway code both of which have
important messages for young people. Other messages may be related to
information about health - like healthy eating, cleaning teeth properly
and so on.
Following the theme above, Chinese Whispers is a good way of illustrating
how important it is to listen to all of the information. This is an
activity which could be carried out quite easily with Beaver Scouts
with hilarious consequences! A number of Beaver Scouts form a line.
The first is given a simple message and must whisper that message to
his immediate neighbour and so the message is passed down the line.
The last Beaver Scout then announces what the message was and the two
messages are compared.