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The Environment Award

To gain the Award, the members has to complete one requirement from each of the following six Sections: 

A.  CONSERVATION
B.  ENVIRONMENT
C.  EXPEDITION 
D.  NATURE
E.  POLLUTION
F. 
SPECIAL PROJECT

Rover Scouts may also gain the Award by completing additional requirements complementary to the six Sections listed above. 

  1. The Malta Environment Scout Award (MESA) should be considered as a progressive Award, with Cub Scouts, Scouts and Venture Scouts all being expected to reach the required standards according to the ability of the individual. This is to be carried out without diminishing the challenge aspect and at the same time, taking into consideration the effort and perseverance with which each requirement is tackled.
  2. To gain the Award, the Cub Scout, Scout or Venture Scout, has to complete one requirement from each of the relative Sections: A, B, C, D, E and F referred to below. Rover Scouts may also gain the Award by completing the requirements applicable to their section.
  3. Cub Scouts may start working for the ‘Scout’ MESA on reaching the age of 101/2 years, while Scouts may start working for the ‘Venture Scout’ MESA on reaching the age of 14 1/2 years.
  4. The ‘Cub Scout’ MESA gained may continue to be worn by the holder on joining the Scout Troop up to the time the ‘Scout’ MESA is gained, when the ‘Scout’ MESA will then be worn instead. Similarly, the ‘Scout’ MESA will continue to be worn by the holder on joining the Venture Scout Unit up to the time the ‘Venture Scout’ MESA is gained, when the ‘Venture Scout’ MESA will then be worn instead.
  5. Requirements for the MESA should, as far as possible, be undertaken collectively by small groups rather than by individuals.
  6. Requirements for the MESA, other than the ones presented here, may be allowed by the Section Leader, after consultation with the Sixers’ Council, the Patrol Leaders’ Council, or the Venture Scout Executive Committee, as appropriate and after approval by the District Commissioner.
  7. Consultations with experts are to be fully approved, as long as these are made known to the Section Leaders beforehand.
  8. Where studies, projects or activities are to be carried out in the field, the Section Leaders are to ensure that permission has been obtained beforehand and that these activities are carried out under qualified supervision.
  9. Studies, reports and presentations should be well illustrated with pictures, photographs and sketches, together with notes of interesting observations. However, live specimens should definitely not be picked or collected.
  10. The MESA is awarded by the Cub Scout Leader on the recommendation of the Sixers’ Council; the Scout Leader on the recommendation of the Patrol Leaders’ Council; or the Venture Scout Leader on the recommendation of the Venture Scout Executive Committee.
  11. The MESA is worn on the right hand sleeve of the Scout Uniform, below the President’s Award (if gained) and to the right of the St John’s Ambulance Award or equivalent (if gained). 

Venture Scout particular conditions and requirements

A. CONSERVATION:

  1. Make a report on the urgent need of conservation in our country, highlighting the dangers to Maltese vegetation and the importance of plants to our environment.
  2. By previous arrangement visit an archaeological site or nature reserve and know why conservation is so important; then make a report about it and say why it is thought so necessary to conserve it.
  3. Set up a conservation information centre or exhibition showing the meaning of interdependence and the ecological equilibrium, inviting your parents, friends and the general public, to come and visit the project.
  4. Understand the principles of conservation including why the over exploitation of natural resources made by our industrial society can impoverish the quality of our natural environment and threaten our very existence.

B. ENVIRONMENT:

  1. Take part in an environment impact assessment of a proposed development area in the country and discuss your findings with your Unit.
  2. Study and compile a report upon a selected area from an historical, geographical and social viewpoint and combine all these aspects into a general survey of the area.
  3. Visit the department of environment and find out w hat regulations or legislation exists regarding the location and operations of industries with regard to the environment.
  4. Find out the causes and effects that relationships between countries and continents can have in terms of trade, transfers of technology, pollution , accidents, waste transfers, etc., which all affect the ozone layer and climate change.
C. EXPEDITION:
  1. Organise a three day hike-camp and try to survive without relying on traditional energy resources and other means.
  2. Organise an exchange programme between Scout Groups from both the North and South countries and focus on research about the ozone depletion and greenhouse effects.
  3. Select an area in connection with a particular topic e.g. archaeology, history, etc; visit the sites and after seeking professional advice, present a report to your Unit.
  4. Make a general study of a quarry or group of quarries in a particular area, noting what type of stone is being excavated and to hat use it is being put; then discussing with members of your unit, the effect of such scars on the environment, including the immediate neighbourhood.

D. NATURE:

  1. Find out about the following organisations involved in conservation work in this country and present a dossier on each to your Unit:
    nature society,
    archaeological society,
    ornithological society.
  2. Visit a botanical garden or horticultural experimental station and discover the main spheres of work.
  3. Go on an underwater boat trip or on a diving trip and prepare an illustrated report of your sightings in their natural habitat.
  4. Carry out a tudy about one aspect of nature e.g. bird, insect, animal, plant and make a report about how people are helping to conserve and / or destroy it.
E. POLLUTION:

  1. Find out how industry is helping is helping in the pollution of the air, sea, land around us and what can be done to avoid it.
  2. Analyse samples of our country’s sea and water supply, identifying if any industrial pollutants are contained in it and considering their effect on the community.
  3. Campaign against smoking and against vehicles that pollute the atmosphere through bad maintenance: as a health hazard to oneself and others and as a reason to the decay of limestone in our buildings and monuments.
  4. Undertake a survey to show the level of pollution from industrial waste and after identifying the sources, set up a campaign to sensitize people to their various effects.

F. SPECIAL PROJECT:

  1. Visit the government waste recycling plant and get to know about the principles of its management i.e. collection, processing and distribution, etc.
  2. Make a study of either Mdina and is bastions, the Gozo Citadel, or he Grand Harbour fortifications and report in detail why they were built, what use are they being made of today and how they may be utilised further.
  3. Make a study of water conservation methods used in our country and show how the problem of water supply for drinking, agriculture and industry is being tackled.
  4. Help and instruct a small group of Cub Scouts or Scouts in the requirements for gaining their MESA.

Useful link: www.environment.gov.mt

Source: Scout Association of Malta 

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