Scouting is truly international. The Boy Scouts of America is part of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) which recognizes Scouting programs in at least 216 countries. Scouting is literally a world-wide program. Quivira Council Scouts 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.
The goal of the International Scouting Committee is to help Quivira Council Scouts participate in these events. World Jamborees, national jamborees in many countries, camp staff exchanges, troop and Venturer high adventure trips, Citizenship in the World MB, Jamboree on the Internet, Kandersteg, and many more programs offer a gateway to International Scouting opportunities. This committee will provide information, contacts, program guidance and assistance, and resources to help both units and individuals interested in an International Scouting experience.
Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI)
- JOTA and JOTI are held each October (usually the third weekend) and is a great opportunity for Scouts of all ages to communicate with fellow Scouts around the world. To find out more about this year's event, including certificates and patches, go to www.scouting.org/jota and www.scouting.org/joti
- Click here for a complete list of 'ham' radio contacts who have agreed to be available to help your unit take part in this event. If you know other operators within Quivira Council, please contact John Davis here.
23rd World Scout Jamboree, Kirara-hama, Japan, July 28 to August 8, 2015
The BSA is now accepting applications from youth and adults who would like to be part of the United States contingent at the next World Scout Jamboree. There are also openings for participation in the International Service Team. Details can be found at www.scouting.org/worldjamboree. This is an experience that you will not want to miss. 30,000 Scouts from over 160 countries will be in attendance.
BSA Contingent Program
As a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the Boy Scouts of America gets invited to many different international/national events in different countries every year. This is a great opportunity for the BSA to connect with the world upon the interaction with local Scouts and Scout leaders at those special events. Consequently, it provides us, our BSA Scouts and adults, an excellent opportunity to learn about other countries, people, and cultures through Scouting activities, plus learn their Scouting skills and make new friendships as part of the adventure.
Depending on the locations, time, availability of Direct Service units, attendees, and budgets, a contingent may be formed for these international events. Once a contingent formation is approved, BSA Scouts and Scout leaders will be selected to join this contingent (Boy Scout troop or Venturing crew).
The BSA would like to send contingents that represent geographical diversity. Contingents will be formed with Scouts and Scout leaders from all over the country, not just from one troop/crew in the same council. In order to qualify for a BSA contingent, Scouts and Scout Leaders must be nominated to the International Department by their council international representative and approved by their council Scout executive.
Nomination forms can be found at: www.scouting.org/international
Other International Opportunities
- KANDERSTEG is the International Scouting High Adventure base in Switzerland, open to Scout units from around the world
- The European Camp Staff Program offers young leaders from the BSA an opportunity to learn more about Scouting in European countries while working at one of their Scout centers. Participants must be between 18 and 30 years of age and be registered with the BSA. Contact the BSA International Division for applications.
- Korean Camp Staff Program, offered by the Suncheon Asia-Pacific Scout Centre, provides opportunities to run the Centre's English camp, introduce a country's culture, share friendship, and other programs. Three month terms are available at the start of each quarter. Must be 18 and enrolled/graduate of a university. Meals, housing, $1,200 stipend furnished. Contact Lisa Cristiano at email@example.com for further details.
- The Gilwell Park Scout Group is the largest Scout group in the world. If you hold the Wood Badge, you are already a member. Sign up at 1stgilwellpark.org. Find out about the history of Gilwell and what Gilwell can offer today.
International accommodations for Scouts are available in Switzerland and in England. All offer one-day visits also. All require advance reservations. Contact the International Department for details.
- Baden-Powell House, London, England, operated by the Scout Association of the United Kingdom, offers lodging and meals.
- Gilwell Park, near London, is also operated by the Scout Association. It offers both indoor and campsite lodging facilities plus program activities.
- Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset, England, offers limited indoor and campsite facilities. It is operated by the National Trust.
International Scouting Awards
Quivira Council International Scouting Award
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturer Scouts and adult leaders can now earn the Quivira Council International Scouting Award. Requirements are specific to the age group. Requirements include learning about the Scouting program in another country and communicating with a pen pal from that country. Requirements will be posted on this web site and will be available at the Council office when available.
Other International Scouting Resources
A member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8, 1910, by W.D. Boyce. Through the BSA's International Department, American Scouts and international Scouts are provided a common resource of programs, funding, and training that increases and enhances their experience in the brotherhood of Scouting.
Boy Scouts of America International Division
The Boy Scouts of America and its International Department have created several avenues of financial support of the world Scouting movement. Those avenues include the following:
National Boy Scouts of America Foundation
Baden Powell World Fellowship
National Order of the Condor
World Friendship Fund
Click here for more information on any of these avenues of financial support
Council Support for International Scouting
To contact the Quivira Council International Scouting Committee for assistance or information about any International Scouting activity, please send us an e-mail.