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.  Also, see our Calendar.

International Symposium 2022


International patch with fleur de lise on a purple background and five hands linked together

International Symposium 2022

When      December 11th 2022 – 9 AM to 4:30 PM

Where     Camp Herms – 1100 James Pl, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Cost        $40 – includes snacks, lunch and patch either from Poland or Tonga patch campaign (mailed after the event)

MEET International Committees members and the world to share International
Scouting experience, to learn about other Scouting organization from other countries,
JOTA/JOTI experience.


Lunch will be provided – Indonesian, Swiss, Japanese dishes will be offered with Polish desert to follow.


More information

Featuring speakers

Mateusz Janik - PL
Agnieszka Pospiszyl - PL
Andy Lewis - UK
Djoko Adi Walujo - ID
  • Our GGAC IC Chair Roy Adam will be hosting the event
  • Lou Paulson will open as the symposium’s Keynote Speaker
  • Mateusz Janik and Agnieszka Pospiszyl from Polish Scouting and Guiding Association will talk about scouting in Poland and how scouting supports refugees escaping current conflict between Ukraine and Russia
  • Andy Lewis will describe current challenges for scouting in UK
  • Dave Shaw, Devin Sevilla and Rand Mahoney will give JOTA/JOTI presentation
  • Deborah Gomez, Bahzad Izad and Dave Shaw will report on their visit to Swiss Jamboree
  • Nofo Fonua Hakaumotu from Tonga Scout Association will describe scouting in Republic of Tonga and how scouts factor into the relief of the recent volcano eruption
  • Keith Black will give an update on challenges faced by scouting in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Djoko Adi Walujo will present on BP Houese Indonesia Museum

NEW!!!  GGAC International Scouting 2022 Patch Competition

Turn your creative talents into a patch creation that will help our council support Scouting around the world!  Every year we create a patch to help with our fundraising for Scouting in one or more of the 172 countries that are part of WOSM (World Organization of the Scout Movement).  This year we have two very worthy causes.

  • Supporting the Tonga branch of The Scout Association after the devastating impact on the island of Tonga caused by a volcanic eruption
  • Assisting the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association as they help the many Ukrainian refugees coming into Poland.

Please click on the link below for the 2022 Patch Design Competition details and rules.  Designs are due June 13.  Also, check out our patch designs from previous years listed below.  Good luck to all!

Image of International Scouts


Strengthen your Connection to World Scouting

Imagine if there were a global organization made up of 54 million young people, and each one of them was committed to making the world a better place through their actions and attitudes. It’s World Scouting, and it’s making a difference through 171 National Scout Organizations around the globe.   Learn More


Program Ideas for Bringing World Scouting to Units
Not every Scout can attend a World Jamboree, but every Scout can experience World Scouting in their home unit. This guide is intended to give unit leaders ideas on how to incorporate World Scouting experiences into their program, ranging from activities to do at a unit meeting, to international travel opportunities.  Unit Guide


International Scouts

Scouting and Guiding Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Global Contribution Towards Peace and Dialogue

The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), together with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), have been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, recognizing the outstanding contributions of Scouting and Guiding that have empowered hundreds of millions of young people to create a lasting culture of peace in their communities for more than a century.  More info . .

2020/2021 Annual Patch Campaign

International Scouting Committee's 2020 Patch
International Scouting Committee’s 2020 Patch

International Scouting Committee’s 2020/2021 Patch

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 available for a suggested donation of $10 per patch.  The patch will be mailed to in 2-3 weeks.

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

Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) 2022 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.

All scouts will learn about amateur radio – what it is, how it works, types of equipment, and how to use it.  Scouts will have an opportunity practice 2-way radio communications using UHF radios, and will have a chance to listen to and talk to other scouts and ham radio operators participating in Jamboree-on-the-Air.  
For more information contact Dave Shaw.

Video introduction to JOTA-JOTI

Scouting Magazine article on JOTA-JOTI

JOTA/JOTI Date:    Saturday, October 15, 2022. 

Location: At Pacificon, San Ramon Marriott; 2600 Bishop Dr, San Ramon, CA

Next World Jamboree

The 25th World Scout Jamboree 2023 – South Korea

World Scout Jamboree is a worldwide youth camp held every four years with the aim of cultural exchange and building friendship. It is the world’s leading international youth event with more than 50,000 teenagers from 169 countries.


Website:  (note: click on English on the upper right)

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



How to verify an out of Council Merit Badge Counselor.

First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.


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