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International Scouting

The mission of our International Committee is to promote interaction between our council’s Scouts and Scouts of other countries.

Since its founding in England by Sir Robert S.S. Baden-Powell in 1907, Scouting has spread to 169 countries becoming the largest voluntary youth movement in the world with more than 40 million members.

The Vision for Scouting, adopted at the 40th World Scout Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2014, is that by 2023 Scouting will be the world’s leading educational youth movement, enabling 100 million young people to be active citizens creating positive change in their communities and in the world based on shared values.

International Activities

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)/Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) – This event is held the third weekend in October and provides the opportunity for Scouts to talk or email other Scouts all over the world. It’s a lot of fun, and participation is one of the requirements to earn the International Spirit Award. Imagine emailing a Scout in Australia, or saying ¡Hola! to a Cub Scout in Spain! Learn more at the JOTA/JOTI website.

Our council’s International Committee will host 2019 JOTA/JOTI events at the following locations/times:

  • Friday, October 18, from 6:00pm-10:00pm, at the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center
  • Saturday, October 19, from 8:00am-6:00pm, at the Bastrop High School Navy ROTC building

World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) – Imagine making a friend from India on the way to get water, learning to tie your neckerchief the Swiss way while in line for your next activity, and stumbling into a Welsh party before going to bed. With 50,000 Scouts from 160 countries living side-by-side, a World Scout Jamboree is literally one of the biggest Scouting events in the world! The next World Scout Jamboree takes place in 2023 in Saemanguem, South Korea.

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