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.
International linking offers a means of communicating with other Scouts abroad and provides an international experience without having to leave the UK.
Although it's great to link with Scouts of a similar age or section, unfortunately, many countries do not have Scouting sections covering the 6 to 8 years age range.
International Group links
Many Scout Groups in the UK like twin with a group abroad to exchange letters, photos and even arrange Skype calls.
Due to the varying nature of Scouting in other countries, Groups may not exist in the same format as they do in the UK. As a result it is often better to link leaders as a starting point and then develop this to build a group or section link.
The international links guidance below is designed to help UK Groups link up with a Beaver Scout Colony, Cub Scout Pack, Scout Troop, Explorer Scout Unit or Scout Network (or the national equivalent) in another country in the best and safest way possible.
Please do contact us if you have any feedback on the guidance or if you have any further questions about international linking.