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. Heart of America 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 Heart of America 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.
HOAC to Host Five International Camp Staff Members in 2013
We are looking forward to hosting five international camp staff member in the summer of 2013. Three staffers will work at the Bartle Scout Reservation; two staffers will work at the Naish Scout Reservation. We are reviewing applications to select the finest possible staff members to support the summer camp experience for our Scouts and staff members.
Past staff members have come from England, Taiwan, Israel, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. As soon as we have selected our international camp staff members for 2013, you will be able to view brief profiles of each of them and find out where they will be staffing this summer.
We are also looking for host families for each of these staff members during the summer. This is a great opportunity for your family to learn more about another culture while sharing some of the best of Kansas City with these individuals while they are part of Scouting in Heart of America Council. To learn more about how you can host one of these camp staff members, contact Jeannie Salmon.
Requirements & Expectations of Hosting an International Camp Staff Member
HOAC sending 48 to Kandersteg, Switzerland - Summer 2013
Please visit our recently established International Trips page on the Council website. All the information you want and links to all the Kandersteg information you need are on this International Trips page.
The Heart of America Council supports sending contingents to major international events.
- 23rd World Jamboree to be held in Japan in 2015
- The 24th World Jamboree in 2019 will be held in the United States at The Summit, the new Bechtel Scouting Center in West Virginia.
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. The 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.
- Serve on the Gilwell Park camp staff. Spend time in Gilwell Park, England's premier Scout center. Review the Gilwell Summer Staff Programme sheet and then download the Gilwell Staff Application.
The HOAC International Committee would be pleased to assist and guide any Scout or Scouter interested in one of these opportunities.
Scouts and Scouters in the Heart of America Council are making a difference for Scouts all over the world with their contributions to the World Friendship Fund, an initiative of the BSA. Cash contributions, whether from a collection at a Scouting event or by an individual, help national Scout associations in developing countries and in cases of national disaster as in Japan and Haiti. You can help grow Scouting world-wide with a donation using the World Friendship Fund form.
Check out more opportunities to help Scouting grow world-wide on our International Activities Page.
Visiting Gilwell Park?
Gilwell Park — near London, England - is the home of Woodbadge. Gilwell Park is considered one of the three great international Scouting centers, supporting an active camping program for Scouts and training for adult leaders. And visitors are welcome.
Scouters with Woodbadge training are encouraged to register as an official Group 1 member. The Group 1 website has all the details on where Gilwell is located, along with driving directions, photos of the White House, and more! You can see where the BSA Buffalo stands across from the new "Purple Rose Garden," and can also check out the history of Gilwell Park.
Include a visit to Gilwell Park if you are going to London, and stay in the historical White House surrounded by paintings by Scouting's premier artist, Ernest Carlos. Plan on visiting the Group 1 Room and enjoy refreshments among your Scouting Wood Badge Troop 1 friends. For more details contact Tom Johnson.
Council International Scouting Award
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturer Scouts and adult leaders can now earn the HOAC 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 starting in May.
Click here for Friendship Knot Instructions
Council Support for International Scouting
To contact the International Scouting Committee for assistance or information about any International Scouting activity, please send us an e-mail.