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Scouts: Trading Trainers

posted 11 Jun 2011, 07:06 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 15:00 ]
Our current programme has a very global appeal and across the cycle Scouts have been challenged to consider international issues from the environment to child labour to sustainability.

Trading trainers has encouraged Scouts to put themselves in the position of a family living in a Latin American shanty town trying to survive living below the poverty line. Families are paid for the trainers which they produce, but throughout the game they fight to keep their income above their outgoings for food, rent and clothing. Changes came into effect as inflation caused food prices to rise while payment for each the families still received only a small payment for each trainer.

At the end of the simulation, Scouts discussed the amount of money they earned and owed and how well they worked as families to survive as well as whether they had been tempted to steal from other families and how they felt about it.

Scouts at 3rd Washington take part in a balanced programme across the year. The global zone aims to raise awareness in issues affecting local, national and international communities.