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Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council

International Scouting

Scouting is the largest youth organization on the planet, with more than 50 million Scouts and Scouters in more than 170 countries.  The  Boy Scouts of America is a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), along with 170 other National Scout Organizations.  WOSM sponsors three global Scout events that provide Scouts with a unique, life-changing Scouting experience.

World Scout Jamboree

The 24th World Scout Jamboree was held in the United States at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia in 2019.  The next World Scout Jamboree will be held in 2023 in South Korea.  The United States will send a contingent to the WSJ.   Jamboree participants are eligible Scouts age 14 to 17 as of the first day of the Jamboree.  When information is available, the Council will post registration information on this page.  For more information, go to http://www.2023wsjkorea.org/

World Scout Moot

The 16th World Scout Moot will be  held in Ireland in 2022.  The Moot is an international Scouting event for young adults age 18 – 25 years old.  Ireland expects to host more than 6,000 young adults from every WOSM member organization.  More information about the moot can be found here:  https://www.worldscoutmoot.ie

JOTA – JOTI Jamboree

The “Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet”, or JOTA-JOTI is the largest global Scouting event, attracting thousands of Scouts of all ages to connect on the internet or short wave radio.  Recent JOTA-JOTI events have included live broadcasts from Kandersteg, Switzerland, Scout-led talent shows, and training for adults.  Typically held the third weekend of October each year, the program is free and a lot of fun.  Details here: https://www.jotajoti.info 

Kandersteg International Scout Centre, Switzerland

Known as the “Permanent Mini-Jamboree”, this beautiful camp in the Swiss Alps provides high adventure experiences along with an opportunity to meet Scouts from around the world.  Founded by Lord Baden-Powell, the camp offers a wide range of hiking, climbing and other adventures as well as time for campfires, meals and fun with other international Scouts.  Considering taking your unit to Kandersteg next summer. Details:  https://www.kisc.ch

The World Organization of the Scout Movement provides resources, support and programs for Scouts around the world,  including funding for service projects.  For more information about WOSM, visit https://www.scout.org

The Boy Scouts of America offers a number of programs and resources for Scouts, Scouters and Units who are interested in International Scouting, including opportunities to serve on camp staff in Europe, training programs at Philmont, and support for international trips.  For more information, visit https://www.scouting.org/international/

Each Council has an International Representative, who promotes and supports World Scouting.  The International Representative for the Denver Area Council is Mark Beese.  You can contact Mark at mark@wsj2019.us.  

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DOE) is an internationally recognized program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work.  By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service, and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.  The DOE – USA has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America, to provide opportunities for non-formal education in the USA.  The Award is open to young people age 14 to 24.  There are three levels of achievement – Bronze, Silver and Gold, each progressively more challenging.  To achieve an award, the young person needs to set and achieve goals in the areas of physical recreation, skills, voluntary service, adventurous journey and a residential project (for gold level only).  Achieving an award recognizes individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.  The Denver Area Council will provide trained DOE mentors and support to those Scouts who want to pursue the Award.  For more information on the Award, see https://usaward.org  

For information on achieving the Award in Denver, contact Dave Whitner.