Lough Dan Eco-Park Lough Dan has set up the world’s first Scout Eco-Park a place where sustainable management and environmental education go hand in hand with traditional scout activities. We have a small eco-base in the form of a replica of Charles Darwin’s cabin on board HMS Beagle where kids get an opportunity to do a variety of environmental education and awareness activities such as bird watching, bug hunts, pond dipping etc
Sustainable Communities Network. As part of this process Lough Dan has set up a sustainable communities network. Its a partnership between the other National scout centers and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.(SEAI). The idea is that as we are similar in nature so some of the solutions to reducing our dependence on fossil fuel will be the same. As part of the network we share information and knowledge and get technical assistance from the SEAI.
SCENES Scout Centers of Excellence for Nature and the Environment. We have applied to the world Organisation of the Scout Movement to be accredited as a SCENES center. Reconnecting kids with nature is now major part of our program focus. Located in the hearth of the Wicklow Mountains National Park Lough dan is the ideal “base camp” and “Gateway” to all that the area has to offer. We encourage every thing from traditional scout camping and hiking and all sorts of environmental awareness activities Lough Dan a place where Nature and Nurture meet
Leave No Trace and Leaving a Place Better Than You Find It is our Waste policy. We have set up a waste segregation unit in the car park where you will find a variety of wheelie bins to make your waste management easier and for your scouts to Do The Right Thing.. Scouting is an educational movement and this applies to your waste management as much as to the outdoor education part of your program.