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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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Gas Distribution Networks

Check out how Gas Distribution Networks is supporting us with the Cubs Home Safety Activity Badge

Why we work together

Gas Distribution Networks has teamed up with Scouts to create excellent resources for the Cubs Home Safety Badge. 

These activities will help young people be more gas and carbon monoxide (CO) aware around the home. They’ll also help them know what to do in an emergency, a true skill for life!

Take a look at our guidance on carbon monoxide safety

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Try our activities to learn about carbon monoxide

Find out what carbon monoxide is, learn about how to stay safe cooking and solve a mystery with these great activities.

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Free CO e-learning for volunteers

Join forces with Scouts, Gas Distribution Networks, and the Gas Safe Charity to master a vital skill: carbon monoxide awareness. We've developed a free e-learning resource to equip you to safeguard yourself and others from this silent threat.

CO is an odourless, colourless gas that can leak from everyday appliances like boilers and heaters. It's undetectable until symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and nausea appear, making early awareness and action essential.

By completing this e-learning, you'll:

  • Understand CO's dangers and sources.
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of poisoning.
  • Learn what to do in a suspected CO emergency.
  • Discover simple, but effective, prevention measures
Free Volunteer Carbon Monoxide e-learning >

Other resources

The GDNs have created great KS1 and KS2 activities to teach this topic through school in a fun and engaging way.

These activities can easily be adapted to Scouts to help work towards the Home Safety Activity Badge requirements.

CO Safety Competition
SGN are looking for budding young artists to help spread the word on the dangers of CO.

To enter the competition

  • you must be between 5 and 11 years old, and
  • submit a piece of art warning people of the dangers of CO.

Your artwork can be a poster, cartoon, video or poem.

Submit your artwork by 12 May to be included in this round of the competition. Any entries you submit after this date will be included in next year's competition.

By entering, you could win

  • £300 for yourself and £600 for your school or organisation, or
  • £150 for yourself and £300 for your school or organisation.
Submit your artwork to enter >
A red badge with a house and two hands, and a Carbon Monoxide logo

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Everyone thoroughly enjoyed The Undetected Danger activity. They even asked if they could do another mystery night again soon! It was a great way to learn and have fun at the same time.

1st Shawbury Cubs

Do you work for any of the Gas Distribution Networks?

We're working with GDN to set up a working group in 2024 with people who work in the industry and volunteer within the movement.

The group will help think up new partnership ideas, pilot new activities and give feedback on what we're doing.

Get in touch with the Partnerships team >

Learn more about the Gas Distribution Networks involved

We’re thrilled to be working with the Scouts to teach more young people across the UK about the dangers of carbon monoxide. By partnering with The Scouts and sponsoring the Cubs Home Safety Activity Badge, we know these young members will be actively making sure their homes are safe from CO and other potential dangers to gain their new badge.

Dan Edwards SGN