International Travel and Events
With more than 160 member organizations within the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), there are many international Scouting events each year. They provide a great opportunity for our BSA members to connect with the world, to learn about other countries, people, and cultures through Scouting activities, and make new friendships as part of their Scouting adventure.
The International Letter of Introduction (to use when traveling internationally)
The International Letter of Introduction is recognized by Member Organizations 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.
An ILI is a great resource to have if you are planning to travel internationally unrelated to Scouting, but have an interest in connecting with Scouts from other countries during your travels. Think of it as a way to say, “Hello, I’m a Scout!” You can download the ILI and Event Verification form by clicking here.
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.
There are certain types of events that only allow participation through a nationally organized contingent. Luckily for Scouts and Scouters like you, the International Department has got you covered and organizes a contingent as way for Scouts from the BSA to participate.
These events can range from World events like World Scout Jamborees or Moots (Jamborees for 18-25 year-olds) to slightly smaller events like Regional JamCams or Jamborees. If you are interested in attending any of the events listed below, you will need to register through the International Department in order to attend. For More info, Scroll down!
2. Attend an International Scouting event that does not have a
National Contingent with your Troop or Crew outside of the USA
There are many Scouting events going on around the world that do not require a nationally organized contingent in order to participate. These types of events range from a local jamboree/jamborette up to another country’s National Jamboree. In order to participate in events like these, please register through the event host. In many cases, BSA membership verification will be required by the host National Scout Organization (NSO).
Units that are traveling internationally specifically to attend a Scouting event are asked to fill out an ILI & Event Verification Request (Option B) which can be found here.
Upcoming International Scouting Events with BSA Contingents
Interamerican Region JamCam 2020
January 4-10, 2020 - Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil
Hosted by the Scout Association of Brazil, the JamCam is an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with Scouts from around the American Continents and the Caribbean. JamCam is a great way to get started on your international adventure. Check out the BSA Contingent page to find out more!
European Jamboree 2020
July 27-August 6, 2020 - Gdansk, Poland
This will be the first European Jamboree since 2005 and is sure to be an awesome event. Hosted by the Polish Association of Scouts and Guides, the European Jamboree 2020 will be a great opportunity to meet and interact with Scouts from all around Europe and world.
Additional Events with BSA Contingents (Tentative)
- Caribbean Scout Jamboree, Summer 2020 (exact dates and location TBD)
- 16th World Scout Moot, July 2021, Ireland (exact date TBD)
- 4th Interamerican Scout Moot, 2021, Argentina (exact date TBD)
Additional Events without BSA Contingents
For more information about Scouting events happening around the world, check out the WOSM Events Page.
*At the bottom of the page is a link to the International Events List, you can find information about camps and other Scouting events taking place around the world where Scouts from other countries are invited to attend.
Forms and Resources
2019 Update to the International Letter of Introduction
The International Letter of Introduction (ILI) Form and Process have been revised for 2019 to include Event Verification for Scout Groups traveling to International Scouting Events. This revision allows the BSA International Department to better meet the needs of both BSA members and WOSM National Scout Organizations. Be sure to check out the new form for complete instructions and explanation.
Click the image below to view/download the ILI & Event Verification Request form.
Application and Position Description for BSA Contingent Leadership
See tips from an experienced Scout leader regarding international travel with Scouts covering some of the following topics:
- Suggested age requirements
- Scheduling itineraries
- Financial considerations
- Transportation considerations
- Housing considerations
BSA Adventure Plan (TAP)
Inviting Internationals to Your Council Camp
With the increased interest in hosting international Scouts and leaders at local council camps and High Adventure Bases, the International Department would like to provide some helpful recommendations to consider.
Currently, home hosting is not an official activity of the Boy Scouts of America.
Where to Find More Info
- 24th World Scout Jamboree: https://wsj2019.us/
- Jamboree-on-the-Air: www.scouting.org/jota
- Jamboree-on-the-Internet www.scouting.org/joti
European Touring Opportunities
- Kandersteg Scout Centre: www.kisc.ch
- Kandersteg International Scout Centre Staff: www.kisc.ch/staff
- Kandersteg International Scout Centre Shop: www.kisc.ch/shop/
World Scouting Headquarters
- World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM): www.scout.org