Unit Guide to World Scouting

Program Ideas for Bringing World Scouting to Units

The world came to the United States in 2019 for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. For ten amazing days, more than 45,000 Scouts and Scouters from 170+ countries camped together, forging friendships that will last a lifetime. Being part of a World Scout Jamboree is a life- changing event, and we hope that your Scouts will have an opportunity to participate in an international event as part of their Scout adventure.

Not everyone will have an opportunity to attend a World Scout Jamboree. Fortunately, there are many ways to participate in World Scouting, many with your own unit. We’ve put together this guide to help you integrate World Scouting themes, programs and activities into your Scouting program.

We would like to encourage every unit in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts to do three things related to International Scouting every year:

  1. Hold a “World Scout Night” program

  2. Conduct a “Messengers of Peace” service project, and

  3. Promotes the World Scout Jamboree, World Scout Moot and JOTA-JOTI

Information about each of these program ideas are included in this guide.

Thank you for your service to Scouting, and for reminding our Scouts that they are an important part of the world’s largest youth movement that has the capacity to change the world.

Unit Program Guide – Not every Scout can attend a World Jamboree, but every Scout can experience World Scouting in their home unit. This guide is intended to give unit leaders ideas on how to incorporate World Scouting experiences into their program, ranging from activities to do at a unit meeting, to international travel opportunities.

• Tools for Councils – Unit Program Ideas


One Page Summaries – These pdf documents range from one to four pages, and are excerpts from the above guide, so that unit leaders can click on an idea and read/print the guide.  

• Host a Virtual International Scout Meeting

• Participating in a World Scout Jamboree or World Scout Moot

• Participation in JOTA-JOTI

• Planning a Messengers of Peace Project

• Planning a World Scout Night

• Planning an International Scout Trip

• Visiting an Embassy or Consulate

• Working on Advancement Related to WOSM Goals

• World Friendship Fund Presenation