Scouts Canada and SCENES
SCENES (Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and Environment) provide an opportunity for Scouts to visit natural areas, engage in environmental education programs and experience first-hand environmental management in practice.
SCENES centres are operated and managed according to the highest environmental standards and are committed to protecting ecosystems and minimizing their environmental impact. They also provide hands-on educational activities for youth and training opportunities for leaders, enabling all to engage with nature and become empowered to make their own personal commitment to the environment.
SCENES is a network of locations throughout the world where Scouts can experience the three fundamental roles of Nature and the Environment in Scouting:
- Education through Nature and the Environment
- Learning about Nature and the Environment
- Action for Nature and the Environment
The Worldwide Network
SCENES is a World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) initiative. There are currently 14 SCENES centres worldwide, in such diverse places at Costa Rica, Africa and the Swiss alps!
As a member of the Worldwide Network, Canada has played a role in the shaping of SCENES policies and in helping camps in other countries achieve accreditation. Canada has participated, and will continue to participate, in conferences where member countries of the Network share best practices and shape the future of camp environmental programming and management.
To read the Scenes charter and to learn about other SCENES centres, visit the SCENES web site.