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International Scouting

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.


23rd World Jamboree 2015—Join the Florida Troop Now!

Event Dates: July 28 to Aug. 8, 2015

Location: Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan (Coordinates: N 34°01’ , E131°23’)

Cost: $5,750 per Scout or adult leader

Leadership: Taylor Ward, an Orlando attorney, has been selected as the Scoutmaster for the Florida troop and is in the process of organizing the group. Presently, eight Scouts have signed up but there is room for a total of 36 Scouts and four adults. Mr. Ward served as a leader at the last two National Jamborees and will apply his knowledge and experiences to this new role. In addition, he lived in Japan for three years and can speak, read and write Japanese.

You can learn more by visiting the  World Scout Jamboree page of the National Council’s website. In addition, you can contact Mr. Ward directly by email, ten.wal-drawnull@draw.rolyat, or phone, (407) 619-6294.

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.

For information regarding available centers, please go to Interested participants should complete the BSA’s European Camp Staff Program application.


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.