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.

2019 World Scouting Jamboree

Are you ready to “Unlock a New World?

What is the 24th World Scout Jamboree?

The World Scout Jamboree is the largest camping event organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), gathering as many as 50,000 Scouts and leaders from 169 National Scout Organizations. The 24th World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is co-hosted by Scouts Canada, Association de Scouts de Mexico, and the Boy Scouts of America. The last time the United States hosted a WSJ was in 1967 in Idaho.

The WSJ is an educational event bringing together young men and young women from around the world to promote peace, mutual understanding, and to develop leadership skills. The Jamboree will feature the hallmarks of past World Jamboree programs, such as the Global Development Village, the World Scout Centre, a special sustainability initiative, and the socialization elements that allow participants to make lifelong friends from around the world.

Participation is open to eligible men and women who are registered members in the Boy Scouts of America. World Scout Jamboree units will be organized on a regional (not Council) basis.

The theme for the 24th World Scout Jamboree is "Unlock a New World". This reflects the new adventures, cultures and friendships that will be shared by Scouts from around the world. We hope you can join us!

The United States Contingent is limited on the number of people that we can send to a World Scout Jamboree. While we will be able to send more to this Jamboree than ever before, we expect there to be tremendous interest and encourage folks to apply as soon as possible.


July 22 - August 2, 2019 (USA Contingent will arrive on July 21, 2019) 


Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve
West Virginia, USA


Birthday between July 22, 2001 and July 21, 2005

  • Youth participants (boys and girls) must be age 14-17

 Birthday before July 22, 2001 (age 18 and older)

  • Adult unit leaders (age 18 and older)
  • International Service Team (IST) age 18 and older

Application Process:

Participants, adult leaders, and IST will complete an online application. Applications will be reviewed on both a Council and National level. Official information and a link to the online application can be found on the USA Contingent website:


Total fees, along with a payment schedule, will be published on November 1, 2017.
Early applicant discount: applicants who submit a $250 deposit between November 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018 and make all additional payments on time will have a $100 discount applied to their last payment. 

What is included in the fee:

The participant and unit leader fees include registration for the Jamboree, meals at the Jamboree, tents, and patrol and cooking gear. The fees also cover appropriate travel expenses (including food) between “Hub Cities” and the Jamboree. An appropriate number of “Hub Cities” will be identified across the continental United States depending on the distribution of youth and leaders that make up the various units. Applicants will be responsible for the costs to get themselves to and from these “Hub City” locations.

Due to different travel costs, participant and leader fees may vary by Region.

The IST fees will include all of these items except for transportation and travel related expenses. Transportation to and from the Jamboree will be the responsibility of the IST member based on when they need to report or depart from their staff assignment.

In an effort to reduce costs, there will be NO TOURS pre or post Jamboree.

Selection Process

The Boy Scouts of America is limited to the number of participants and International Service Team Members it can send to a World Jamboree. Based on anticipated participation, space could be limited.

Participants – Participants will be notified, by unit leadership, if they have been accepted or are being put on a waiting list. If they are put on a waiting list, they will continue to pay according to the payment schedule. Applicants on the waiting list that are not ultimately selected will receive a full refund (including initial deposit).

Leaders – There will be four leaders per unit and acceptance timing will be based on the filling of youth in the units which have been allocated to each Region. Leaders will continue to pay, according to the payment schedule even if they have not been confirmed. BSA area and regional leadership will select leaders based on the leader qualifications. Leader applicants who are not ultimately selected will receive a full refund. If a unit leader applicant is not selected for a unit leadership position, it would be encouraged that they consider modifying their registration status to that of an International Service Team member applicant. Once that modification is made in their application, selection for IST positions would be handled by the Host Committee. Female leadership is important in order to follow BSA policy on co-ed units.

IST – Once approved by their local Council and the USA Contingent leadership, the application will be sent to the World Jamboree Organizers (Host). The Host will notify the applicant of acceptance and job assignment. Some assignments will likely be given in 2018 and some in 2019. The applicant will need to continue to pay as per the fee schedule above. If an applicant is not ultimately accepted, they will receive a full refund.

Scholarship Program – A partial scholarship will be available based on need – more details pertaining to the scholarship program will be available on or before December 31, 2017. Partial scholarships, if received, will be applied to the final payments.

Other General Information

Prior to the Jamboree, online training for participants, unit leaders and IST will be required for all in the USA Contingent. This will be identified and provided during late 2018.

Participants must have a birthday between July 22, 2001 and July 21, 2005 to attend. IST must have a birthday before July 22, 2001. There are no exceptions.

A World Jamboree is a coed event and all are encouraged to apply. If a potential participant is currently not a member of the Boy Scouts of America due to current membership age requirements and would like to apply for the Jamboree, they should contact their local council to learn how to register in order to apply for the World Jamboree.

The participants and unit leaders from the USA Contingent will arrive on July 21st and depart August 2nd – the arrival day is a day earlier than the other contingents – this is to help the Jamboree Organizers (Host) welcome other participants and leaders from all around the world.

Participants and unit leaders must travel with the USA Contingent from their “Hub City” to the Jamboree. “Hub Cities” will be in the continental USA (i.e. those coming from Alaska, Hawaii, Far East Council, and Transatlantic Council will need to provide their own means of transportation to and from the “Hub city”).

The Jamboree Organizing Committee has the authority to cancel the event due to compelling reasons. If the Jamboree is canceled because of events outside of BSA or the Jamboree Organizing Committee control (e.g., acts of terrorism, natural disasters), the BSA and Jamboree Organizing Committee may not refund the fees collected.

Any payment made after March 15, 2019 is subject to an additional $50 late fee.

We hope you’ll join Scouts and Scouters from across the BSA for this opportunity to “Come See the World” right here in West Virginia. Scouts will not only enjoy the adventures at the Summit, but will also work with Scouts from around the world in seeking answers and solutions to international questions and problems. Scouts will leave the Jamboree with a wider view of the world, a deeper understanding of world Scouting, and a renewed commitment to Scouting as a whole.

For the most accurate information, additional resources, or specific questions, please refer to the USA Contingent website: or email

Yours in Scouting,
Tom Johnson
Area 5, CR World Jamboree Chair

Icelandic Scouting Information

For about $2000 a person a unit can go to Iceland, for 7-9 days, including airfare.

Each HOAC unit would need an international tour permit, approved by our International Representative and our council executive to schedule a trip.

The IS committee will assigned each unit a “tour coach” from our committee to counsel their efforts in planning.

Please just make sure these unit leader initiate the process by going through the HOAC International Representative for Trip approval. ENGLISH​

HOAC plans for International Camp Staff Members in 2017

In 2017, our camps will continue to have international camp staff members on staff!  We're delighted to continue this tradition, which is a camp highlight at both Bartle and Naish.  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.

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

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.

For more information contact Tom Johnson:

European Camp Staff Program

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.


The aim of the European Camp Staff program is to assist young people in developing their leadership skills and to encourage intercultural learning. This is achieved by providing the individual with a residential experience as a volunteer staff member at a Scout center in another country.

Framework of the Typical 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. This is different from the situation in a BSA camp, where staff members are usually assigned to a particular activity or skill with which they work for the majority of their time at camp. In addition, Scouting in Europe normally operates on a coeducational basis, with males and females having the opportunity to be equally involved at all levels.

How to Apply

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. All Participants must have valid up to date adult training, including Youth Protection training.

For information regarding available centers, please go to

Interested participants should complete the BSA’s European Camp Staff Program application  Before applying, you should be certain that you wish to take part in this program.

ALL APPLICATIONS must be approved by Tom Johnson, Heart of America International Representative, and the Council Executive. Please send all applications to Tom Johnson, For More details contact Tom at 913-568-3711.

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.

Visit Gilwell

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.

Serve on Gillwell Staff

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

  • Blair Atholl Jamborette - late July/early August 2016 - Contact Tom Johnson if interested

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.

Council International Scouting Award

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture 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.