International Scouting Committee

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 40 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.

Mission Statement

 Promote International Scouting and encourage collaboration among cultures worldwide.

What do we do?

  1. Support International Scouting through fundraising and donations to the World Friendship Fund
  2. Promote international Scouting events
  3. Bring international camp staff to our council camps for the summer


Join us for the monthly International Scouting Committee meeting.  Enjoy a great dinner and find out what is going on in the world with Scouting.  Held typically on the 4th Monday of the month at Cafe Europa in Moraga, but currently we are meeting monthly online.  For more info email Roy Adam.

NEW Annual Patch Campaign

Every year we design and produce a patch to raise money for International Scouting.  This year we are contributing our profits to World Friendship Fund (WFF) and to help Scouting associations in Australia and other countries to strengthen and extend their Scouting programs after the devastating fires.  The patch is being finalized and will be produced soon but it is not available yet.   Suggested donation is $10 per patch.  For more info email Roy Adam.


Jamboree-on-the-Air / Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTA/JOTI)

Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) 2020 and Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) are annual events in which Scouts and Guides all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio or via the Internet. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, via the radio waves. Each year about half-a-million Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual JOTA.

Video introduction to JOTA-JOTI:

Scouting Magazine article on JOTA-JOTI:
Date:    Saturday, October 17, 2020

We are still in the planning stages to see what are event will entail as we develop a safe Scouting event during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will have more details in late September.  For more information contact Dave Shaw.

Past Patch Campaigns

To see our entire list of sponsored international campaigns from 1995 to 2008 click HERE or on the graphic.


BSA International Newsletter

Click HERE for the current quarterly edition of the International Newsletter from BSA.

International Letter of Introduction

The International Letter of Introduction (ILI) is recognized by members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) as the standard form of introduction of a Scout or leader when travelling internationally. The letter’s sole purpose is to establish the identity of the bearer, and to entitle him or her to be welcomed as a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). It conveys no special privileges, including any entitlement to hospitality.
Click HERE for the ILI form.
Note: Please send the completed copy to your local council (MDSC) for approval and we will forward it to the BSA International Department.

BSA International Department

The BSA International Department works to help Scouts and Leaders from the BSA to experience the bigger picture of Scouting and connect with it through our involvement in the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
For more info:

Participating in International Scouting Events

There are 2 main ways that Scouts in the BSA can participate in Scouting events outside of the USA:
1. Join a BSA National Contingent to an upcoming World or International Region Sponsored Event outside of the USA.
2. Attend an International Scouting event that does not have a National Contingent with your Troop or Crew outside of the USA

Upcoming International Scouting Events with BSA Contingents




Sea Scouts




Shooting Sport


Scouting for Food

Order of the Arrow