Every two years, the International Department conducts a weeklong educational and training conference at the Philmont Training Center in New Mexico. The conference provides information and skills that will help participants develop and expand the international Scouting program in their local council and provides an opportunity for them to interact and learn from one another.
Every conference in the past has included international guests, including regional directors and other representatives from the World Organization of the Scout Movement, and presidents and chief executive officers of national associations. Course instructors for the conference are local council volunteers who have many years of experience in international Scouting. Topics of courses and VIP presentations from BSA representatives and international guests have included the following:
- Overview of the World Organization of the Scout Movement
- International Department
- Council international representative
- International Committee
- Planning an international council event
- Exchange programs and tours
- World Friendship Fund
- International Camp Staff program
- European Scout Voluntary Program
If you are interested in attending this course, please express your interest to your council’s International Representative as they must recommend you. If you’re not sure who your council’s International Representative is, please click here.