International Scouting Committee
Scouting began in England in 1907, based on the ideas of founder Sir Robert S.S. Baden-Powell and his book Scouting for Boys. The book and program proved to have universal appeal for boys and quickly spread worldwide. The Scouting program spread around the world until it became what it is now—the largest voluntary youth movement in the world, with a membership of more than 40 million. A member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8, 1910, by W.D. Boyce. Through the BSA’s International Department, American Scouts and international Scouts are provided a common resource of programs, funding, and training that increases and enhances their experience in the brotherhood of Scouting.
MDSC International Committee
Mission statement: Promote International Scouting, and encourage collaboration among cultures worldwide.
What do we do?
1. Support International Scouting through fundraising and donations to the World Friendship Fund
2. Promote international Scouting events
3. Bring international camp staff to Wolfeboro for the summer
Join us for the monthly International Scouting Committee meeting. Enjoy a great dinner and find out what is going on in the world with Scouting. Held typically on the 4th Monday of the month at Cafe Europa in Moraga. For more info contact Roy Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW Annual Patch Campaign
Help us design the 2020 MDSC patch to raise money for International Scouting. Through the World Friendship Fund (WFF), voluntary contributions of Scouts and leaders help Scouting associations in Australia and other countries to strengthen and extend their Scouting programs. Click HERE for the details and form.
Below are patches from our 2019 campaign to benefit the WFF.
The 2019 annual patch campaign raised money for the World Friendship Fund (WFF). Through the World Friendship Fund , voluntary contributions of Scouts and leaders are transformed into cooperative projects that help Scouting associations in other countries to strengthen and extend their Scouting programs. The World Friendship Fund gives members of the Boy Scouts of America a good turn opportunity to help fellow Scouts who are in need of their support. It teaches Scouts that Scouting is global and that the Boy Scouts of America is merely one of 169 different National Scout Organizations.
In recognition of 25 years of service to international Scouting programs we have a special pair of patches. Help us reach our goal of a $5000 donation to the World Friendship Fund – $10 per Patch. The patches may be obtained at the MDSC Service Center in Pleasant Hill or contact Rand Mahoney (email@example.com).
Jamboree-on-the-Air / Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTA/JOTI)
Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club and Boy Scout of America Mount Diablo Silverado Council-International Committee are presenting Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) 2020 and Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) 2020 at Pacificon 2020(http://www.pacificon.org/).
The JOTA is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, via the radio waves. Each year about half-a-million Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual JOTA. JOTI is a similar event but uses the Internet.
Video introduction to JOTA-JOTI:. https://vimeo.com/191558208
Scouting Magazine article on JOTA-JOTI: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/06/21/
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Time: Come anytime from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Typical time onsite is 1-3 hours.
Place: PACIFICON, San Ramon Marriott, 2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon, CA
Cost: TBD. includes JOTA patch and general admission into Pacificon for Cub Scout and Scouts BSA (ONLY for Youth in full uniform or adult leader accompanying Scouts in full uniform). Kit building has additional cost (see below).
Registration: Registration will become available in late August.
Note: Lunch will NOT be provided, so bring your own.
For Cub Scouts:
Plan to spend about one hour for a docent-led tour of the event, including listening (and possibly talking) to Ham Radio operators around the country and world. We will also have computers for the JOTI online communications. Come any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Webelos/AOL scouts will have an opportunity to complete Requirement 10.d. for Building a Better World Adventure.
For Scouts BSA & Venturers:
Plan to spend about 1-2 hours for a docent-led tour of the event, including listening (and possibly talking) to Ham Radio operators around the country and world. We will also have computers for the JOTI online communications. Come any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Past Patch Campaigns
BSA International Newsletter
Click HERE for the current quarterly edition of the International Newsletter from BSA.
International Letter of Introduction
The International Letter of Introduction (ILI) is recognized by members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) as the standard form of introduction of a Scout or leader when travelling internationally. The letter’s sole purpose is to establish the identity of the bearer, and to entitle him or her to be welcomed as a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). It conveys no special privileges, including any entitlement to hospitality.
Click HERE for the ILI form.
Note: Please send the completed copy to your local council (MDSC) for approval and we will forward it to the BSA International Department.
BSA International Department
The BSA International Department works to help Scouts and Leaders from the BSA to experience the bigger picture of Scouting and connect with it through our involvement in the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
For more info: https://scouting.org/international/
Participating in International Scouting Events
There are 2 main ways that Scouts in the BSA can participate in Scouting events outside of the USA:
1. Join a BSA National Contingent to an upcoming World or International Region Sponsored Event outside of the USA.
2. Attend an International Scouting event that does not have a National Contingent with your Troop or Crew outside of the USA
Upcoming International Scouting Events with BSA Contingents