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International Scouting is a broad term that can involve everything from going on an expedition to another country, to learning about cultures and traditions in your weekly programme. International activities and international understanding are an integral part of being a Scout.

The links below should help you find out more info about International Scouting.


Go abroad with Scouting

Discover everything you need to know including, how seek permissions, planning your trip, arranging travel, as well as host and hospitality guidance.

Volunteer abroad

Volunteering in another country can be a life-changing experience for you to meet new people, develop new skills and experience living in a different culture.

World Scouting

Scouting is currently active in 216 countries and territories, with a global membership of over 31 million, male and female. Two thirds of the international membership are in developing countries. The World Organisation of Scout Movements (WOSM) is an international body that supports Scouts across the world.

Global programme ideas

We call this collection of topics the global programme. It’s woven throughout the 6-25 programme to support young people to become global citizens but it can mostly be found in the international badge, global issues badge, world challenge award and the top awards.

International activities

Taking part in adventurous activities while in new and different countries can bring an exciting new element to Scouting. Read the guidance on international activities.


International expeditions are an amazing opportunity for creating lifelong memories, developing skills and having brilliant adventures.