International BSA

International BSA 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 Scouting Movement.

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JOTA-JOTI patches are now on sale! https://www.scoutshop.org/jotajoti-2021-emblem-656188.html Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JO...
09/09/2021

JOTA-JOTI patches are now on sale! https://www.scoutshop.org/jotajoti-2021-emblem-656188.html

Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually during the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and Radio operators 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. It’s a great way to get more youth interested in amateur radio while demonstrating the fun as well as the service aspects via emergency communication of amateur radio. The scope of your JOTA activities is only limited by your imagination.

Jamboree-on-the-Internet, or JOTI, is held the same weekend as JOTA. Each year, 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 computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones.

Learn more about JOTA-JOTI at https://www.scouting.org/international/jota-joti/

JOTA-JOTI patches are now on sale! https://www.scoutshop.org/jotajoti-2021-emblem-656188.html

Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually during the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and Radio operators 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. It’s a great way to get more youth interested in amateur radio while demonstrating the fun as well as the service aspects via emergency communication of amateur radio. The scope of your JOTA activities is only limited by your imagination.

Jamboree-on-the-Internet, or JOTI, is held the same weekend as JOTA. Each year, 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 computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones.

Learn more about JOTA-JOTI at https://www.scouting.org/international/jota-joti/

We are excited to announce Lou Paulson as the Boy Scouts of America's new International Commissioner. ⚜️   "I am humbled...
09/07/2021

We are excited to announce Lou Paulson as the Boy Scouts of America's new International Commissioner. ⚜️

"I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of amazing Scouters like Rick Cronk, Roger Schrimp, Dan Ownby, and Kent Clayburn as the International Commissioner for the BSA.

I intend, with the rest of the International Committee to continue on the path that Kent Clayburn started to make sure every Scout understands that International Scouting has a world of opportunities for them."

We are excited to announce Lou Paulson as the Boy Scouts of America's new International Commissioner. ⚜️

"I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of amazing Scouters like Rick Cronk, Roger Schrimp, Dan Ownby, and Kent Clayburn as the International Commissioner for the BSA.

I intend, with the rest of the International Committee to continue on the path that Kent Clayburn started to make sure every Scout understands that International Scouting has a world of opportunities for them."

The Foundation Board, convening in Stockholm in the presence of our Honorary Chair, HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, i...
09/02/2021

The Foundation Board, convening in Stockholm in the presence of our Honorary Chair, HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, is delighted to announce the appointment of HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg as Chair, and of Mark Knippenberg as Chief Executive Officer, of the World Scout Foundation.

HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume, a member of the Foundation Board since 2017, officially started His two-year term at the end of the 72nd Board meeting, taking over from outgoing Chair, Hector Robledo Cervantes.

“For me, Scouting is all about building the next generation of committed and responsible young adults, whose essential role will be to shape a more inclusive and sustainable world. The World Scout Foundation plays a key role to support this development and I am honoured to serve as Chair”, says HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume.

In His inaugural address to the Board as Chair, HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume also underlined His recognition of the unwavering commitment to the Foundation of late Board Member and Chairman Elect, Kent Clayburn, who very sadly passed away in July.

HRH warmly welcomed the new CEO, Mark Knippenberg, and called on all Board Members, staff and the global network of 2600 Baden-Powell Fellows to join Him in boosting the Foundation’s efforts to significantly increase support to the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) — which counts 57 million Scouts in 172 countries.

The Board unanimously confirmed the appointment of Mark Knippenberg as CEO, following the decision of the Executive Committee of the Foundation, which met on 31 August, and a robust and extensive international selection process, in which both external and internal candidates were assessed for the role.

“Mark’s considerable experience; his track-record in introducing innovative systems and initiatives to dynamize fundraising approaches and increase the Foundation’s capital; together with his proven strong servant leadership, will be vital as the Foundation seeks to maximise its support to grow and develop Scouting worldwide. We are pleased that this process has resulted in the selection of an excellent internal candidate with a detailed understanding of global Scouting and the World Scout Foundation”, says Hector Robledo Cervantes.

“I am humbled, privileged and committed to leading the Foundation and to increasing both our capital and project funding for Scouting around the world. I am prepared to seize the opportunities ahead working alongside our Foundation Board, led by HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume; as well as with our incredible network of Baden-Powell Fellows and partners; and in close cooperation with WOSM”, says new CEO, Mark Knippenberg.

Mark Knippenberg has assumed his position as of 1 September 2021. John Geoghegan, who served the Foundation for twenty years, will continue to support the Foundation by focusing on the future partnership with donors in Saudi Arabia.

Join us in welcoming HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume and Mark Knippenberg!

The Foundation Board, convening in Stockholm in the presence of our Honorary Chair, HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, is delighted to announce the appointment of HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg as Chair, and of Mark Knippenberg as Chief Executive Officer, of the World Scout Foundation.

HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume, a member of the Foundation Board since 2017, officially started His two-year term at the end of the 72nd Board meeting, taking over from outgoing Chair, Hector Robledo Cervantes.

“For me, Scouting is all about building the next generation of committed and responsible young adults, whose essential role will be to shape a more inclusive and sustainable world. The World Scout Foundation plays a key role to support this development and I am honoured to serve as Chair”, says HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume.

In His inaugural address to the Board as Chair, HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume also underlined His recognition of the unwavering commitment to the Foundation of late Board Member and Chairman Elect, Kent Clayburn, who very sadly passed away in July.

HRH warmly welcomed the new CEO, Mark Knippenberg, and called on all Board Members, staff and the global network of 2600 Baden-Powell Fellows to join Him in boosting the Foundation’s efforts to significantly increase support to the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) — which counts 57 million Scouts in 172 countries.

The Board unanimously confirmed the appointment of Mark Knippenberg as CEO, following the decision of the Executive Committee of the Foundation, which met on 31 August, and a robust and extensive international selection process, in which both external and internal candidates were assessed for the role.

“Mark’s considerable experience; his track-record in introducing innovative systems and initiatives to dynamize fundraising approaches and increase the Foundation’s capital; together with his proven strong servant leadership, will be vital as the Foundation seeks to maximise its support to grow and develop Scouting worldwide. We are pleased that this process has resulted in the selection of an excellent internal candidate with a detailed understanding of global Scouting and the World Scout Foundation”, says Hector Robledo Cervantes.

“I am humbled, privileged and committed to leading the Foundation and to increasing both our capital and project funding for Scouting around the world. I am prepared to seize the opportunities ahead working alongside our Foundation Board, led by HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume; as well as with our incredible network of Baden-Powell Fellows and partners; and in close cooperation with WOSM”, says new CEO, Mark Knippenberg.

Mark Knippenberg has assumed his position as of 1 September 2021. John Geoghegan, who served the Foundation for twenty years, will continue to support the Foundation by focusing on the future partnership with donors in Saudi Arabia.

Join us in welcoming HRH The Crown Prince Guillaume and Mark Knippenberg!

Tomorrow at 4am MT (7pm in Japan), David Blair will be competing to defend his gold medal title from the Rio Paralympics...
09/01/2021

Tomorrow at 4am MT (7pm in Japan), David Blair will be competing to defend his gold medal title from the Rio Paralympics. David is the World Record Holder for the F44 Discus Throw and an Eagle Scout!

Learn more about David's journey to becoming an Eagle and a Paralympian in this interview: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2021/08/23/david-blair-paralympics/

Timeline Photos
08/28/2021

Timeline Photos

The votes are in and we’re excited to announce the hosts of future World Scouting events! We have lots to look forward to:

✨ The 26th World #ScoutJamboree will be hosted by Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego, the Polish National Scout Organization, in 2027.

✨ The 17th World #ScoutMoot will be hosted by Federação Escutista de Portugal, the Portugese National Scout Organization, in 2025.

✨ The 43rd World #ScoutConference will be hosted by the Egyptian Scout Federation in 2024.

Congratulations on your successful bids! Scouts worldwide look forward to gathering for these exciting events.

Learn more about the event bidders here: https://scoutconference.org/event-bidders/

Timeline Photos
08/28/2021

Timeline Photos

The World Scout Committee have selected the Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons! ⚜️ Congratulations to: Andy Chapman - Chairperson, Jo Deman - Vice-Chairperson & Sarah Rita Kattan - Vice-Chairperson.

The World Scout Committee is the “board” of the World Organization of the Scout Movement - WOSM and is one of the organization’s three constituent bodies alongside the World Scout Conference and World Scout Bureau.

The World Scout Committee is responsible for the implementation of the resolutions of the World Scout Conference and to act on the Conference’s behalf between its meetings.

#ScoutConference

📣  Join us in welcoming the newly elected voting members of the World Scout Committee! The 2021-2024 Committee members, ...
08/27/2021

📣 Join us in welcoming the newly elected voting members of the World Scout Committee! The 2021-2024 Committee members, in alphabetical order are:

🇹🇳 Mehdi Ben Khelil (Tunisia)
🇺🇸 Edward Andrew “Andy” Chapman (United States of America)
🇭🇰 Mori Chi-Kin Cheng (Hong Kong)
🇪🇹 Wayne Adrian Davis (Ethiopia)
🇧🇪 Jo Deman (Belgium)
🇺🇦 Nika Gorovska (Ukraine)
🇩🇰 Pia Melin Graasbøll (Denmark)
🇱🇧 Sarah Rita Kattan (Lebanon)
🇰🇷 Eun Gui Kim (Republic of Korea)
🇦🇷 Daiana Neil (Argentina)
🇩🇪 Christine “Chrissy” Pollithy (Germany)
🇪🇸 Juan Reig (Spain)

The World Scout Committee is one of the three constitutive bodies of WOSM, alongside the World Scout Conference and the World Scout Bureau. These members will be key in decision-making to ensure that our next Triennial Plan is carried out, as we step closer towards Vision 2023.

Congratulations to our new Committee members & to all 25 candidates who ran in this election! You all embody an incredible dedication to the Scout Movement.

Learn more: scoutconference.org

📣 Join us in welcoming the newly elected voting members of the World Scout Committee! The 2021-2024 Committee members, in alphabetical order are:

🇹🇳 Mehdi Ben Khelil (Tunisia)
🇺🇸 Edward Andrew “Andy” Chapman (United States of America)
🇭🇰 Mori Chi-Kin Cheng (Hong Kong)
🇪🇹 Wayne Adrian Davis (Ethiopia)
🇧🇪 Jo Deman (Belgium)
🇺🇦 Nika Gorovska (Ukraine)
🇩🇰 Pia Melin Graasbøll (Denmark)
🇱🇧 Sarah Rita Kattan (Lebanon)
🇰🇷 Eun Gui Kim (Republic of Korea)
🇦🇷 Daiana Neil (Argentina)
🇩🇪 Christine “Chrissy” Pollithy (Germany)
🇪🇸 Juan Reig (Spain)

The World Scout Committee is one of the three constitutive bodies of WOSM, alongside the World Scout Conference and the World Scout Bureau. These members will be key in decision-making to ensure that our next Triennial Plan is carried out, as we step closer towards Vision 2023.

Congratulations to our new Committee members & to all 25 candidates who ran in this election! You all embody an incredible dedication to the Scout Movement.

Learn more: scoutconference.org

The Boy Scouts of America’s Delegation to the World Scout Conference & World Scout Youth Forum is excited to collaborate...
08/25/2021

The Boy Scouts of America’s Delegation to the World Scout Conference & World Scout Youth Forum is excited to collaborate together with delegations from 171 National Scout Organizations and global partners to shape the future of the world’s leading educational youth movement.

The World Scout Conference and Youth Forum will be the largest ever convened in the event’s 100-year history, and will provide a platform for up to 3,500 participants to play an active role in shaping the standards, policies and shared goals of the Scout Movement worldwide.

The theme “Bridging the World” challenges young people and participants to build bridges in their communities and across borders between National Scout Organizations, emphasising the need to work together to put our planet on a path towards peace and sustainability.

Yesterday marked the end of the 14th World Scout Youth Forum. More than 700 young leaders from 163 National Scout Organi...
08/23/2021

Yesterday marked the end of the 14th World Scout Youth Forum. More than 700 young leaders from 163 National Scout Organizations took part in the forum with 2021 having the largest participation and being the first time the event has convened virtually.

Over the course of the five day event from 18 to 22 August 2021, young people from all corners of the globe took part in the virtual experience centered on the topics of innovation, leadership and global citizenship education. The event enabled young people to connect, learn and engage in making decisions that will shape the future direction of the Scout Movement.

Workshops involving global partners such as the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies focused on a range of topics including dialogue for peace, environmental action, gender equality, mental health, diversity and inclusion, and Scouting’s youth-led contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. The sessions enabled young people to get inspired by Scouts and Messengers of Peace Heroes who are leading service projects to tackle different issues in their communities.

The Youth Forum programme also featured remarks from inspiring leaders such as Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth who spoke about the power of young people to be change-makers in their communities. Gitanjali Rao, a STEM Scout and TIME’s first Kid of the Year in 2020, also shared her experiences using science and technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to prescription drug addiction to cyberbullying.

As part of the decision-making process of the Youth Forum, delegates elected six Youth Advisors from a pool of 18 candidates reflecting the diversity of the Scout Movement. The Youth Advisors to the World Scout Committee will play a key role in the Committee’s decision-making and will start their term following the 42nd World Scout Conference to serve during the upcoming 2021-2024 triennium.

Participants also worked within their mixed International Teams to discuss and prepare inputs to the Youth Forum, including drafting content for the Youth Forum Declaration and proposing Draft Amendments to the Conference Resolutions. These proposals will now be considered by National Scout Organizations to put forward during the upcoming 42nd World Scout Conference. The Declaration fully represents the ideas and opinions of the participants of the 14th World Scout Youth Forum, and puts forward a bold agenda and focus for Scouting in the next triennium, including working towards climate neutrality, championing the right to non-formal education, and ensuring that Scouting is a safe and inclusive Movement open to all.

https://scoutconference.org/innovative-14th-world-scout-youth-forum-builds-bridges-through-connected-virtual-experience/

Yesterday marked the end of the 14th World Scout Youth Forum. More than 700 young leaders from 163 National Scout Organizations took part in the forum with 2021 having the largest participation and being the first time the event has convened virtually.

Over the course of the five day event from 18 to 22 August 2021, young people from all corners of the globe took part in the virtual experience centered on the topics of innovation, leadership and global citizenship education. The event enabled young people to connect, learn and engage in making decisions that will shape the future direction of the Scout Movement.

Workshops involving global partners such as the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies focused on a range of topics including dialogue for peace, environmental action, gender equality, mental health, diversity and inclusion, and Scouting’s youth-led contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. The sessions enabled young people to get inspired by Scouts and Messengers of Peace Heroes who are leading service projects to tackle different issues in their communities.

The Youth Forum programme also featured remarks from inspiring leaders such as Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth who spoke about the power of young people to be change-makers in their communities. Gitanjali Rao, a STEM Scout and TIME’s first Kid of the Year in 2020, also shared her experiences using science and technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to prescription drug addiction to cyberbullying.

As part of the decision-making process of the Youth Forum, delegates elected six Youth Advisors from a pool of 18 candidates reflecting the diversity of the Scout Movement. The Youth Advisors to the World Scout Committee will play a key role in the Committee’s decision-making and will start their term following the 42nd World Scout Conference to serve during the upcoming 2021-2024 triennium.

Participants also worked within their mixed International Teams to discuss and prepare inputs to the Youth Forum, including drafting content for the Youth Forum Declaration and proposing Draft Amendments to the Conference Resolutions. These proposals will now be considered by National Scout Organizations to put forward during the upcoming 42nd World Scout Conference. The Declaration fully represents the ideas and opinions of the participants of the 14th World Scout Youth Forum, and puts forward a bold agenda and focus for Scouting in the next triennium, including working towards climate neutrality, championing the right to non-formal education, and ensuring that Scouting is a safe and inclusive Movement open to all.

https://scoutconference.org/innovative-14th-world-scout-youth-forum-builds-bridges-through-connected-virtual-experience/

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- BSA International Contingent (international travel experience in Scouting) - International Scouter's Award (your leadership and international Scouting experience deserve a recognition knot on your shirt) - International Camp Staff Program (bring an international Scout to your Council summer camp staff) - European Camp Staff Program (Scouts can gain a work experience at Scout Centers in Europe) - World Friendship Fund (your $1 can really support many other scouts in the world) - Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) - Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI)

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