January 26, 2004

Federal CCAF, corporate sponsors help Scouts Canada launch climate change program

OTTAWA, ONT- Scouts Canada is working with an Ottawa environmental firm, the Delphi Group, to develop a new Climate Change Education Action Program (CCEAP) for its members. Over the next few months, Scout groups from across Canada will be selected to test the new program, which will incorporate new requirements for existing environment-related badges and a climate change award. A full launch of the program is expected this spring 2004, with as many as 100,000 Scouting youth eligible to begin participating by September. CCEAP will include awareness activities, ideas on how to reduce household greenhouse gas emissions and instructions on how to conduct an energy audit. Scout leaders will be encouraged to work with youth on the activities during their regular weekly section meetings. The program is supported by funding from the federal government's Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF), with corporate sponsorship provided by Alcan (for a two year-period) and Nexen (for one year).
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