International Scouting

Scouting is truly international. The Boy Scouts of America is part of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, which recognizes Scouting programs in at least 216 countries.

Scouts and leaders in the Great Smoky Mountain Council have many opportunities to participate in international activities and events with Scouts from other countries, bridging differences in language, cultures, and politics, and helping fulfill Lord Baden-Powell’s dream of international friendship.

Opportunities

APPLY TO JOIN THE BSA CONTINGENT AT THE WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE, scheduled for July 22 – August 2, 2019 at the Summit Bechtel Preserve in West Virginia
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VISIT THE KANDERSTEG INTERNATIONAL SCOUT CENTRE in the Swiss Alps as either a Scout or a staff member to Scouts from all over the world.
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PARTICIPATE IN JAMBOREE-ON-THE-AIR, an annual amateur radio and online gathering of more than 1 million Scouts from around the world, scheduled this year for Oct. 20-22.
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BE A CAMP STAFFER IN A EUROPE THROUGH THE EUROPEAN SCOUT VOLUNTARY PROGRAM, which gives young adult scouters age 18-30 the chance to work abroad.
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ATTEND CAMP AS A VISITOR OR STAFFER AT GILWELL PARK SCOUT ACTIVITY CENTRE IN ENGLAND, situated on the London-Essex border on the edge of Epping Forest and comprising 108 acres of beautiful woodland, amazing activities, lodges and camping.
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ATTEND THE NATIONAL JAMBOREES OF OTHER NATIONS.

Awards

Scouts can earn several awards through international activities.

INTERNATIONAL SPIRIT AWARD

The International Spirit Award is for youth and adult leaders who award seeks to broaden knowledge of international Scouting and increase appreciation and awareness of different cultures and countries.
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INTERNATIONAL SCOUTER’S AWARD

The International Scouter’s Award encourages Scouters to broaden their involvement in Scouting through participation in world Scouting activities and recognizes Scouters for their contributions to world Scouting.
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MESSENGERS OF PEACE AWARD

The Messengers of Peace Award can be earned by Scouts. The prestigious “MoP Ring Patch” is earned by completing a service project that meets the MoP criteria. All Eagle Scout projects will automatically qualify for the MoP award.
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INTERPRETER STRIPS

Interpreter Strips may be worn by Scouts and Scouters who can carry on a conversation in a foreign language or in sign language, write a letter in the foreign language (not required for signing), and translate orally and in writing from one language to another.
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WORLD CONSERVATION AWARD

The World Conservation Award is for Boy Scouts who have earned the following merit badges: Environmental Science, Citizenship in the World, and either Soil and Water Conservation or Fish and Wildlife Management.
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WORLD CREST

The World Crest is an emblem of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, and may be worn by all registered youth members and adult leaders as a symbol of their membership in a worldwide Scouting brotherhood. A small amount from the sale of each emblem is sent to the World Scout Foundation to help extend Scouting in developing nations throughout the world. This adds an opportunity for each Scout to personally share indirectly in the activities of brother Scouts in other lands. The emblem is worn as a permanent patch centered horizontally over the left pocket and vertically between the left shoulder seam and the top of the pocket.
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Resources

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

Messengers of Peace is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women in more than 220 countries and territories to work toward peace. Using state-of-the-art social media, the initiative lets Scouts from around the world share what they’ve done and inspire fellow Scouts to undertake similar efforts in their own communities.

One of the Messengers of Peace projects that originated during the Interamerican Leadership Training is the Trees for the World project. Trees for the World is an International Messengers of Peace project for any Scout around the world, in which each Scout can plant a tree on the Saturday after Earth Day. Currently there have been commitments from Scouts all over the world.
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World Organization of the Scout Movement

World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is a federation of more than 160 recognized national Scout organizations.
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