Scouting is a passport to experience the world in a way that most travellers can’t enjoy. You’re part of a global movement which unites over 50 million people, so what better way to make new friends from different countries and share some incredible cultural experiences? From Pen-Pals, hosting an overseas Venturer and staying with them too, joining a National Contingent or making your own Branch Friendship Tour, or even just enjoying International Scouting at your call – there’s so much to do!
Ways to travel overseas
- Events and National Contingents
- Scouts Australia International Events System (OLEMS)
- Group and Independent travel
- Messengers of Peace – MOP
- Scouts of World Award – SWA
- International Explorers Award
- Joey Scouts “Hands Across The Water” Badge – MyScout Application Form
- International Program Ideas for Joey Scouts
- International Program Ideas for Cub Scouts
- International Program Ideas for Scouts
- International Program Ideas for Venturer Scouts
- International Program Ideas for Rover Scouts
- International Program Ideas for Everyone
- Religious and Cultural Events 2020
- International Scouts Centres and locations around the world
Group and Independent Travel
Group Travel – ‘Branch Friendship Tours’ (BFT’s)
If your Group is interested to plan your own International trip, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. We’re here to walk you through the process and get you accredited with everything that you need!
Independent/Family Travel – ‘International Letters of Introduction’ (ILoI’s)
If you or your youth members are traveling overseas, not with a National Contingent or Branch Friendship Tour, and have contacted a local Group somewhere and plan to visit them, we encourage you to obtain an International Letter of Introduction. This is the proof that you are a current and financial member of Scouting. At $50, they come with two International Scarves, that you are able to wear while overseas – these are not available at the Scout Store. Click here to go to OLEMS and apply now!
We need to know:
- the date/s you intend to meet,
- where you are meeting,
- and who your contact is.
This information is then used to formally inform the National Scout Organisation that you will be visiting their Scouts. There is also a cost of $50.00, which includes the downloadable ILoI, two new Australian scarves and postage to any Australian address. Applications for an ILoI require the approval of both the Branch Commissioner International and the International Commissioner, Scouts Australia (IC).
The process for applying for a ILoI is now online via the Scouts Australia International Event System – OLEMS. You can find instructions on how to apply for an ILoI on the T3 Form on MyScout.
Keen to get involved with the annual Jamboree-On-The-Air and Jamboree-On-The-Internet for? There are a range of services that you can get involved with – like IRC, Discord, TeamSpeak, Minecraft, and much more.
Planning your own International Trip
Keen to start planning your own visit to one of the dozens of Scout Centres around the world? Thinking about planning a trip to a national Jamboree in France, or a camp at Philmont Scout Ranch in the United States? The International Team is here to help you plan your next getaway, and can help with paperwork and more.
International Scouting Locations include:
- Castle Sanderson International Scout Centre (Ireland)
- Drave Rover Scout Centre (Portugal)
- Gilwell Park (Scout Activity Centre – UK)
- Hounes Odde Scout Centre (Denmark)
- International (Summer) Camp Staff program (USA)
- International Scout Centre Rustavi (Georgia)
- Kandersteg International Scout Centre (Switzerland)
- Philmont Scout Ranch (USA)
- Rotterdam Scout Centre (Netherlands)
- Suncheon Asia-Pacific Scout Center (Korea)
Some of these locations are open seasonally, or for certain age groups (eg. BSA’s Summer Camp Program is for members aged 18-30).