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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.

Upcoming Activities

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)/Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) – Look up “Jamboree” in the dictionary and you’ll find it’s a large festival gathering; a national or international camping assembly of Scouts, a mixed program of entertainment, and a noisy or unrestrained carouse. Experience all of this at Jamboree on the Air-Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI) October 18 and 19, 2019.

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

Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet celebration (free; no registration necessary)

  • Friday, October 18, from 6:00pm-10:00pm, at the Fickett Center
  • Saturday, October 19, from 9:00am-7:00pm, at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road
  • All Scouts and their families are welcome to attend
  • All Scouts can earn the JOTA-JOTI patch and work on their International Spirit Award requirements
  • Chat with Scouts in countries like Kenya, Ireland, Colombia, and others of the 165 World Scouting Organizations via the internet or ham radios!
  • Learn about patch trading and trade some patches
  • Hear about the 24th World Scout Jamboree and learn how to tie the Friendship knot on your “necker”
  • You can also learn about International Scouting programs like the World Friendship Fund and Messengers of Peace
  • We’ll cook s’mores at the fire ring (Friday night only at Fickett Center)

Citizenship in the World Merit Badge (click link to register; classes are free but limited to 15 Scouts)

Radio Merit Badge (2 classes offered; click link to register; free but limited to 15 Scouts per class)

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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