In less than two years since adopting the World Scout Environment Programme (WSEP), Sakartvelos Skauturi Modzraobis Organizatsia (the Georgian Organization of the Scout Movement) has seen a high rise in environmental activities amongst its young members. Scouts in Georgia have already implemented more than 300 small-scale environmental projects chosen from activities described in the WSEP toolkit.
Scouts who led the activities in their communities got T-shirts printed with the WSEP logo on them. This is how much they have got to love this Programme. Since June 2010, the National Scout Organization of Georgia has been successfully implementing the World Scout Environmental Programme in the framework of the Youth Capacity Building Project (YCBP) at Western Route Export Pipelines, initiated and funded by British Petroleum.
One of the core approaches adopted by the Programme in Georgia is targeting young people in the 13-16 age group, and equipping them with the necessary leadership skills, life skills, understanding of key personal development needs and supporting their understanding of the basics in entrepreneurship skills.
Scouts have established such Youth Groups in 44 target schools in 15 different districts of Georgia. More than 1,000 students have already joined the Groups and shown interest in implementing the World Scout Environmental Programme activities.
In order to facilitate the process, the Georgian Organization of the Scout Movement has translated the WSEP into Georgian language, trained two Scouts from each Youth Group on leadership, and introduced them to the WSEP.