International Scouting in Three Fires Council
Three Fires Council International Committee
International Committee’s Vision Statement
The International Committee of the Three Fires Council views Scouting as an international brotherhood and is committed to helping Scouts in the Three Fires Council interact with Scouts from other nations around the world.
Mission of the Committee
The mission of the Three Fires Council International Committee is to disseminate information regarding international Scouting opportunities and to support Three Fires Council Scouts and Scouters as they participate in international Scouting experiences.
The International Committee of the Three Fires Council views Scouting as an international brotherhood and is committed to helping Scouts in the Three Fires Council interact with Scouts from other nations around the world. International Scouting updates for local units appear online and on Facebook. Bookmark these sites to keep informed: https://www.facebook.com/International.Scouting.TFC and http://threefirescouncil.blogspot.com/
The International Department of the Boy Scouts of America is in the process of updating their database of Scouts and leaders who are interested in participating in International Scouting opportunities as a delegate of the Boy Scouts of America. Nomination forms are available for youth and leaders and the International Department requests that interested parties submit their recommendations as soon as possible so that the database can be updated so that scouts and leaders may be considered for upcoming events. Your international representatives are responsible for collecting and sending recommendations to the BSA’s international committee.
For more international Scouting updates and information, contact Three Fires Council International Representative Joe Harrington ( or 630-707-0200).
Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet will be held Oct. 18-19, 2014. JOTA and JOTI are annual World Scouting events that provide an opportunity for Scouts to communicate with other Scouts from around the world!
Bring the world of Scouting to your computer. The Jamboree-on-the-Internet, or JOTI, is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. This event utilizes the Internet to link Scouts from around the world. Last year, JOTI had almost 16,000 Scouts and leaders registered in the worldwide JOTA-JOTI database in 146 countries! JOTI will begin on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 00:00 hours local time, and will end on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 24:00 hours local time. Visit http://www.scouting.org/joti.aspx for details!
Through JOTA, Scouts use radio technology to talk with one another and share information that broadens their perspective on other cultures, on geography, and on the technology and hobby that provides the means for their communication.
JOTI uses the Internet allowing Scouts to “meet” other Scouts from around the world and share more information than just “Hi.” The exchanges can include such information as name, location of event, Scout rank, age, and hobbies. Some exchanges lead to long-lasting friendships.
Jamboree on the Trail
Jamboree on the Trail (JOTT) is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can. Cubs and younger Scouting sections could visit a local nature trail as part of a weekend camp. A Scout Troop might check out a hiking trail while working on badge requirements. A Rover Crew might make a Service Project out of restoring or maintaining a hiking trail. In their own way, everyone will be hiking the same direction: towards a better future through Scouting. Hiking emblems to commemorate this event are available through www.jott.org.
International Scouting Opportunites
Learn About the Exciting Scouting Events Being Offered World Wide!
Scouting began in England in 1907, based on the ideas of founder Sir Robert S. S. Baden-Powell and his book Scouting for Boys. The book and program proved to have universal appeal for boys and quickly spread worldwide. The Scouting program spread around the world until it became what it is now—the largest voluntary youth movement in the world, with a membership of more than 25 million.
The International Committee of the Three Fires Council recongnizes Scouting as an international brotherhood and is committed to helping Scouts in the Three Fires Council interact with Scouts from other nations around the world. We are please to offer your this newsletter with up to date offerings of International Scouting Opportunities!
As member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the Boy Scouts of America works through the BSA's International Department, to ensure that American Scouts and international Scouts are provided a common resource of programs, funding, and training that increases and enhances their experience in the brotherhood of Scouting.
Through the European Camp Staff program, young leaders from the Boy Scouts of America have the opportunity to learn more about Scouting in Europe by working at a European Scout center. This program is available to young adult leaders (up to age 30) and older Venturers (age 18 or older).
November 2013 - Newsletter - European Camp Staff Program
WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE JULY 28 - AUGUST 8, 2015
WANTED: Leaders and Advisors looking for the ultimate International Scouting Adventure. The Central Region is identifying leadership for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. If you are interested, please submit the application form at the link below to the region's Jamboree Leadership (points of contact are on the application). The World Jamboree comes around every four years - and few times will an opportunity genuinely change your life.
For local contact or information, please contact TFC International Representative Joe Harrington (630-707-0200, ).
FLIER with INFORMATION / Leader Application FORM
International Events Database
There are a variety of international events that BSA scouts and venturers can take part in. The World Organization of the Scout Movement keeps a database of events taking place around the planet. Why not make your next adventure an international one?
Program Enrichment and Recognitions for International Scouting
The International Activity Award recognizes scouts and scouters who have taken part in a variety of international scouting experiences at through the activities of their unit, council, and world scouting international activities. The emblem is worn as a temporary award on the right pocket of the uniform. It is not worn in place of or alongside the World Crest emblem. A 5-inch jacket patch is also authorized for wear.
Youth and Adult members (Cub and Webelos Scouts, Boy and Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts, plus adult Scouters in all programs) may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired by:
- Carrying on a 5-minute conversation in this language.
- Translating a 2-minute speech or address.
- Writing a letter in the language (Does not apply for sign language)
- Translating 200 words or more from the written word
Interpreter Strips are worn centered above the Boy Scouts of America Strip
The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers to "think globally" and "act locally" to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment. Please see the Conservation Page of this site for specific requirements for each level.
The Citizenship in the World merit badge requires Scouts to learn about global issues and international organizations, as well as take part in an international event. The official requirements can be found in Boy Scout Requirements, No. 33215, or in the Citizenship in the World merit badge pamphlet, No. 33260.
The International Scouter's Award encourages Scouters to broaden their involvement in Scouting through participation in world Scouting activities and recognizes Scouters for their contributions to world Scouting.
Please visit the BSA’s International Division for a list of requirements.
World Scouting and Overseas Facilities
The World Organization of the Scout Movement is a federation of more than 149 recognized national Scout organizations. The Boy Scouts of America is represented in world contacts and developments by its international commissioner. The international efforts of the BSA are supported by the International Committee, one of the operating committees of the National Executive Board, and the staff of the International Division at the national office. Initiatives at the world level are addressed through three constituencies:
The World Scout Conference
The World Scout Conference is the general assembly of Scouting and is composed of six delegates from each of the 145 member Scout associations. The basis for recognition and membership in the WSC includes adherence to the aims and principles of world Scouting and independence from political involvement on the part of each member association. The Boy Scouts of America is a charter member and active participant. The conference meets every three years. The BSA has hosted it twice.
The World Scout Committee
The World Scout Committee is the executive body of the conference that represents the conference between regular meetings of the full conference. There are 12 members of the committee, elected without regard to nationality for a six-year term.
What is happening at the World Level of Scouting? Please see a special message from William F. 'Rick' Cronk, BSA Scouter and current Chairman of the World Scout Committee, who presents information regarding the vision of the World Scout Committee and its relation to scouts and scouters around the world:
Message from William F. 'Rick' Cronk
The World Scout Bureau
The World Scout Bureau (http://www.scout.org) is the secretariat that carries out the instructions of the World Scout Conference and the World Scout Committee. The World Scout Bureau office is in Geneva, Switzerland, with regional offices in six areas around the world: Africa Region (Nairobi, Kenya), Arab Region (Cairo, Egypt), Asia-Pacific Region (Manila, Philippines), European Region (Geneva, Switzerland), Inter-American Region (Santiago, Chile), and Eurasia Region (Yalta-Gurzuj, Ukraine). The small bureau staff helps associations improve and broaden their Scouting by training professionals and volunteers, establishing sound financial policies and money-raising techniques, improving community facilities and procedures, and assisting in marshaling the national resources of each country behind Scouting. The staff also helps arrange global events such as world jamborees, encourages regional events, and acts as a liaison between the Scouting movement and other international organizations. A major effort in the emerging nations is the extension of the universal Good Turn into an organization-wide effort for community development.
The Boy Scouts of America and its International Division have created several avenues of financial support of the world Scouting movement. Included are the following:
World Friendship Fund
The World Friendship Fund of the BSA offers a practical Good Turn opportunity for BSA youth members and leaders. Cash contributions are used to assist Scouting through the World Organization of the Scout Movement and through national Scout associations in developing countries. Tax-deductible contributions can be from individuals, units, camp, and training course groups. Unit participation in the World Friendship Fund offers a unique annual service project to benefit brother Scouts around the world.
Click here to download World Friendship Fund donation form [pdf]
United States Fund for International Scouting
The United States Fund for International Scouting (USFIS), within the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation, provides the opportunity for substantial support of World Scouting by individual business, corporate, and foundation grants. This fund is administered by an appointed committee of the BSA International Committee. The National Boy Scouts of America Foundation has full tax privileges and is not a private foundation.
Provision is made for trust and endowed instruments as well as current support of special Scouting projects around the world. Grant proposals from Scout associations around the world are received and reviewed for disposition by a volunteer committee.
The Baden-Powell World Fellowship
The Baden-Powell World Fellowship is a major program of the World Scout Foundation to establish an endowment fund for ongoing support of the World Organization of the Scout Movement and the United States Fund for International Scouting. Membership is open to individual men and women throughout the world. Each member receives a special medallion, certificate, and lapel pin in recognition.
Order of the Condor
Order of the Condor is an endowment recognition program of the InterAmerican Scout Foundation for individuals. Income from the fund is used to help support work of the InterAmerican Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The region serves member Scouting associations of all nations in the Western Hemisphere.
Details on any of these programs are available by contacting the International Division.
International accommodations for Scouts are available in Switzerland and in England. All offer one-day visits also. All require advance reservations. Contact the BSA’s International Division for details.
Kandersteg International Scout Center
Kandersteg International Scout Center in the Alps of Switzerland is operated by the European Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Dormitory and campsites plus mountain climbing and ski programs are offered.
Baden-Powell House, London, England, operated by the Scout Association of the United Kingdom, offers lodging and meals.
Gilwell Park, near London, is also operated by the Scout Association. It offers both indoor and campsite lodging facilities plus program activities.
Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset, England, the site of B-P’s first experimental scout camp, offers limited indoor and campsite facilities. It is operated by the National Trust.