Everyone in our District, from the newest Beaver to the oldest leader, is a member of the worldwide family of Scouting – and when we say “worldwide”, we mean more than 50 million Scouts, young people and adults, male and female, in over 200 countries and territories.

What started as a small camp on Brownsea Island is today a growing Movement with members in nearly every country in the world.

That gives us a great opportunity to make the issues of peace and understanding a part of our programme and to help our members to realise the responsibilities of being part of a global society.

There are tons of ways to use the International experience creatively, both in overseas visits and camps and also in regular programme items.

What better way to fulfil the aim of Scouting and the challenge set by our founder to “leave the world a little better than you found it”? Scouts can and do make a difference.

Programme planning

International activities and understanding are an integral part of being a Scout.

Use your programme to help your young people to get a wider understanding about some of the issues affecting the world, and to find out about Scouting all over the globe.

There are international elements in the International badge, Global Issues badge, World Challenge award and the top awards.

International Events

For some of the largest World Scouting events, the Scouts has a dedicated team of national volunteers who plan UK Contingents to attend these unique ‘once in a lifetime’ international Scouting experiences.

Events that are coming up include:

There’s more than just the big events to consider though.

Why not think about taking a group of young people abroad?

You could partner with another Group to share the work if you’re not sure.

Ask around to see who’s interested. We can also put you in touch with leaders who are experienced in running international trips.

Want to try volunteering abroad?

There are many opportunities both within and outside Scouting.

Want to know more?

Get in touch with our County International Adviser, Charlie Cumber at

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