Council Committee on International Scouting

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 plans for four International Camp Staff Members in 2014

In 2014, our camps will continue to have international camp staff members on staff!  This continues to be a highlight of the summer camp programs at Bartle and Naish and we're excited about the opportunity to continue this tradition at our camps.  Along with having these young people on our staff, we need host families to help with providing them housing when they first arrive and before they depart.  Hosting an international staff person can be a great experience for the whole family and we encourage you to find out more about this opportunity.

Welcome our 2014 International Camp Staff Members:

  • Bayarbat, Mongolia.  Working at Bartle Scout Reservation
  • Bjarni, Iceland.  Working at Naish Scout Reservation
  • Rhys, England.  Working at Bartle Scout Reservation

To learn more about how you can host an international camp staff member in the future, contact Jeannie Salmon.

Requirements & Expectations of Hosting an International Camp Staff Member

International Events

The Heart of America Council supports sending contingents to major international events.

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.

The World Friendship Fund - A Way to Help

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.

Friendship Knots

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.