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The International Committee works with the Council and National to accomplish our mission via many opportunities:

     Summer Camp International Staff Member- The Committee, as a cultural exchange, facilitates bringing an International Scout to the United States to work at Woodland Trails Scout Reservation.  These International Scouters are between the ages of 18 and 30.  We have provided a Staff Member from the following Countries: Bolivia - 2009, Scotland – 2010, Dominican Republic – 2011, Mexico – 2013, Columbia – 2014, Slovak Republic – 2015, Mongolia - 2016, Egypt – 2017

     Unit SupportProviding advise, information and support for Units or Individuals on International Scouting matters.

     World Friendship Fund -  This offers a practical Good Turn opportunity for BSA youth members and leaders. Cash contributions are used to assist Scouting through the World Organization of the Scout Movement and through national Scout associations in developing countries. Tax-deductible contributions can be from individuals, units, camp, and training course groups. Unit participation in the World Friendship Fund offers a unique annual service project to benefit brother Scouts around the world.

     Activities and Events- The International Committee conducts promotes and supports events and programs throughout the year to help Scouts and Scouters have opportunity to learn about other cultures and traditions.  Some events are:

Just a Half Mile More 5K Run/Hike - This 5K is dedicated to the memory of Pete Livingston, but is a Fundraiser to support an International Staff member at Woodland Trails each summer.  Pete died May 18, 2013 in a rappelling accident.  He was very active in many roles in Scouting in the Miami Valley Council, one being the Council’s International Committee.  The Committee holds this event on a Saturday around the first weekend in April.  Runners and Hikers both Female and Male are recognized in 13 and under, 14 thru 17 and 18 and over categories.

University of Scouting - The International Committee has a booth in the Midway for the University of Scouting, to display and answer questions about our activities and events.

Jamboree of the Air - JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operator’s ham shack.   Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers, including girls. Once at the ham radio station, the communication typically involves talking on a microphone and listening on the station speakers. However, many forms of specialized communication may also be taking place, such as video communication, digital communication (much like sending a message on your smartphone but transmitted by radio), or communication through a satellite relay or an earth-based relay (called a repeater). The exchanges include such information as name, location (called QTH in ham speak), Scout rank, age, and hobbies. The stations you’ll be communicating with can be across town, across the country, or even around the world! The World Scout Bureau has reported that nearly 1.3 million Scouts from more than 30,000 locations in 156 countries have participated.

Jamboree of the Internet - JOTI, is an annual international Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. It is held annually the third weekend in October, beginning on Saturday, at 00:00 hours local time, and ending on Sunday, at 24:00 hours local time. Scouts from around the world gather online to learn about other cultures and the activities in which other Scouts participate. They communicate with each other using Internet-enabled devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones.  Scouts of any age can take part, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers. Scouts can participate at home with the help of an adult, or they can participate in a Scout group at a council event. JOTI is an economical way to participate in an international jamboree. The event allows Scouts to “meet” other Scouts from around the world through the Internet and share more information than just “Hi.” The exchanges can include such information as name, location of event, Scout rank, age, and hobbies. Some exchanges lead to long-lasting friendships. JOTI participation fulfills requirements for Tiger and Arrow of Light adventures, the Citizenship in the World merit badge, and the International Spirit Award.  The World Scout Bureau has reported that over 47,000 Scouts and leaders in 152 countries have participated.                            

     Promotion of International Recognition Programs - The World Organization of the Scout Movement is a confederation of more than 162 national Scout organizations.  It and Boy Scouts of America offer many International recognitions. 

World Crest – All registered youth members and adult leaders may wear this emblem as a symbol of their membership in a worldwide Scouting brotherhood. A small amount from the sale of each emblem is sent to the World Scout Foundation to help extend Scouting in developing nations throughout the world. This adds an opportunity for each Scout to personally share indirectly in the activities of brother Scouts in other lands.  Over the years, each member national Scout organization has made use of the badge in a different manner. In 1988 the World Organization of the Scout Movement requested that every national Scout association authorize this emblem to be worn by all members to signify membership in a worldwide movement.  The emblem is worn as a permanent patch centered horizontally over the left pocket and vertically between the left shoulder seam and the top of the pocket

Messengers of Peace – Program overview, launched in September 2011, Messengers of Peace is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women in more than 220 countries and territories to work toward peace. Using state-of-the-art social media, the initiative lets Scouts from around the world share what they’ve done and inspire fellow Scouts to undertake similar efforts in their own communities. The initiative is inspired by the World Scout Committee, administered by the World Scout Bureau, and driven by youth volunteers worldwide.

Defining Peace In terms of the MOP initiative, peace encompasses three dimensions:              

  1. The personal dimension: harmony, justice, and equality
  2. The community dimension: peace as opposed to hostility or violent conflict
  3. Relationships between humankind and its environment: security, social and economic welfare, and relationship with the environment

Submitting MOP-related projects is easy for BSA units.  All they need to do is check the Messengers of Peace box when entering a service project through the Journey to Excellence website.  Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a project that has had a significant impact on the community in any one of the three dimensions above can qualify as a Messenger of Peace.  Recognition Item – any Scout or Scouter who participates in a qualifying project is eligible to wear a Messengers of Peace ring around the World Crest on their uniform.

World Conservation Award – Boy Scouts are eligible to receive this award after completing the requirements for the following merit badges: Environmental Science, Citizenship in the World, and either Soil and Water Conservation or Fish and Wildlife Management.  Cub Scouts can receive this award by completing the requirements for their rank.  Venturers also can earn this award.

Interpreter Strip - Scouts are eligible to receive this strip if they are able to carry on a conversation in a foreign language or in sign language, write a letter in the foreign language (not required for signing), and translate orally and in writing from one language to another.

International Spirit Award – A temporary emblem that is awarded to registered Scouts and Scouters who have completed the necessary requirements, have gained a greater knowledge of international Scouting, and have developed a greater appreciation and awareness of different cultures and countries.  The requirements vary by age level, but include organizing a World Friendship Fund collection and completing some of the ten experience requirements

International Scouter’s Award - This award encourages Scouters to broaden their involvement in Scouting through participation in world Scouting activities and recognizes Scouters for their contributions to world Scouting.  They must give leadership to International Scouting and International events in the US and other countries.  They also must support International Scouting and educate their self and others about International Scouting.