Week 10: 9th June

Welcome. This week we are completing the Animal Carer badge that we started in Week 2. We'll also start a bit of the Home Safety badge.

Caring for a pet - Animal Carer badge

Back in Week 2, we started the Animal Carer badge. For those of you with a pet, we looked at what you needed to do to keep the animal safe, how to feed them, and how to exercise them. Hopefully you have been helping to look after the pet for at least 2 months now! If so, send me some details of what you have done (and maybe a photo of you with the animal) and I can tick off that part of the badge.

Greta enjoying some exercise on the moor

Threats to wildlife - Animal Carer badge

For the last part of the Animal Carer badge, we are going to think about wild animals, and some of the threats that they may face as a result of humans treating them or their environment badly. You may have read about or seen on TV some of the problems that can affect wild animals, such as:

  • Animals threatened through hunting, for example rhinoceroses hunted for their horns or whales killed for their meat
  • Animals threatened due to loss of habitat, for example orangutans affected by deforestation for palm oil
  • Animals affected by climate change, for example pandas, whose only food source bamboo is dying out because of global heating
  • Sea birds affected by plastic pollution in the oceans

Choose a problem affecting wildlife that you are interested in. Read about it, research online or watch a TV programme (for example some of the Blue Planet II series on BBC iPlayer). Design a poster that illustrates this threat to wildlife - and maybe what people can do to help. Send a picture to count towards your badge.

In some parts of the world, orangutans are threatened because their habitat is destroyed in order to plant palms for palm oil

Rhinoceroses are endangered, yet in some places they are hunted for their horns

Plastic pollution in the oceans is a threat to many sea creatures and sea birds

Emergency calls - home safety badge

We are also going to start our Home Safety badge this week. Talk to your parent about:

  • What sort of emergencies at home might require you to call the emergency services?
  • What number would you dial to call the emergency services?
  • If you call the emergency services, what sort of questions might you get asked?
  • Where would you find a phone to call the emergency services if you needed to? If you couldn't find a phone in the house, or it wasn't working, what could you do to get help?
  • Why is it important that you should never dial the number for the emergency services unless it is a real emergency?

Parents: there are some recordings on Youtube of real emergency calls where children - some younger than Cub age - have helped save their parents life by knowing how to call for an ambulance. You may wish to listen to these with your Cub and talk about this - though they may also be upsetting so discretion is advised. Example 1, example 2, example 3.

We will continue with the home safety badge next time.