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Global programme ideas

Learning about the world around us is an integral part of Scouting.

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

Elements of the global programme include:

International – learning about Scouting in other countries and as a global movement. Exploring countries and cultures through visits abroad and sectional activities.

Global – engaging with the world around us; exploring the nature on our doorstep, discovering issues that effect societies around the world and meeting the people that provide vital services in our communities. Learning how both as Scouts and citizens, we can positively impact and leave the world a better place.


Find activity ideas

You can find loads of international and global activity ideas on the activity finder. You can also find suggested activities on each badge page. 

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International activity ideas

We’ve picked out some programme ideas to help you plan an international-themed session, camp or an event, like a JOTA-JOTI event.

Play a game

From a traditional throwing game from Israel, to catching a dragons tail. 

Find international games

Get creative

From making chinese window flowers, to making some djembe drums. 

Find creative international activities

Get cooking

From simple Scottish shortbread to traditional Brazilian sweets.

Find international recipes

Learn a language

Do you know your Scots from your Gaelic? Can you say hello in nine different languages? 

Find language activities

Scouts around the world

Try out some activities to learn about Scouts around the world.

Find activities about World Scouting

Take action together

Make a bigger impact by planning joint action with another group. Take a look at our A Million Hands activities.

Find community impact activities

Video call activities

From spot the difference to an online cook-along. You could try out these activities during Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI).  Take a look on the activity finder for more online games

Find activities for on a video call

On-the-air activities

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is a great opportunity explore the phonetic alphabet and morse code. Head over to the activity finder for activity ideas.

Go to the activity finder