Scouting began in England in 1907, based on the ideas of founder Sir Robert S. S. Baden-Powell and his book Scouting for Boys. The book and program proved to have universal appeal for boys and quickly spread worldwide. The Scouting program spread around the world until it became what it is now—the largest voluntary youth movement in the world, with a membership of more than 25 million.
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.
Periodically, there will be opportunities to participate in Scouting on a global scale. Scouting organizations from other countries hold national Jamborees in their own country and every four years Scouting holds a World Jamboree. Information on upcoming international Scouting events are listed below.
Jamboree on the Trail
This event an event of the worldwide Scouting movement where Scouts hike together. While this is not a formal activity of the Gulf Ridge Council, units are encouraged to “take a hike” and celebrate Scouting together. More information is on the Jamboree on the Trail website. Crests (patches) may be ordered for participants on the registration page. Note that orders must be received by March 31 to arrive in time for the event.
World Jamboree 2015
When: July 28 to Aug. 8, 2015
Where: Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan (Coordinates: N 34°01’ , E131°23’)
Cost: $5,750 per Scout or adult leader+
Forms: Download the event flyer
Scout Registration: Online registration for Scouts who wish to participate is now active! Event information, including online registration is on the National Council’s World Scout Jamboree page.
European Camp Staff
Through the European Camp Staff program, young leaders from the Boy Scouts of America have the opportunity to learn more about Scouting in Europe by working at a European Scout center. Scout centers in Europe do not operate in the same way that BSA camps do. The staff members of a typical European Scout center are usually involved in many different aspects of operating the center rather than specializing in one particular area.
All participants in the European Camp Staff Program must be between 18 and 30 years of age and must be volunteers registered with the Boy Scouts of America. To ensure that the experience is worthwhile, participants should be prepared to commit themselves to work for a minimum of six weeks. More information is available in the info sheet and on the National Council’s website.
International Spirit Award
Registered Scouts and Scouters who have completed the necessary requirements, have gained a greater knowledge of international Scouting, and have a greater appreciation and awareness of different cultures have countries may receive the International Spirit Award. The requirements and the application are here.