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International Scouts and events

International Scouting is a very broad term and 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 UK Scout Association is part of a worldwide movement - there are Scout Associations in 216 countries and territories, and we are all member of the World Organisation of Scout Movements (WOSM).

These pages should help you to:

  • Get tips on planning a trip away
  • Find out about international volunteering opportunities
  • Get a wider understanding about some of the issues affecting the world
  • Find out about Scouting all over the world
  • Take up challenges that could see you travel around the globe
  • See what links we have all over the world to show you the full, global Scouting experience

Going 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.

Learn about the steps you need to take

Volunteering 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.

Learn more about Voluntary opportunities overseas

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.

Learn more about World Scouting

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.

Discover the programme ideas

Organising UK-based events

For those organising an international event from scratch some pointers on achieving maximum potential international attendance.

Learn more about organising your event

UK Scouting overseas

Contact with other countries develops awareness of the ways in which others live across the globe, and helps young people recognise and respect the differences that exist between the many nations and cultures of the world.

Learn about how you can connect with groups across the world

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.

Check out the activity guidance

International development projects

Most projects are developed by groups - representing local Scouting, from Group level right through to Regional or County level.

Find out more about the projects


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

Learn more about expeditions
UK Contingent Events

Find out more about the World Scout Jamboree, Moot and EuroJam.

Discover the events >