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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing at Scouts. Read more

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Scouts around the world

A great way of supporting Scouts in the UK in their understanding of being part of a global movement is by putting them in contact with Scouts in other countries, there are a number of ways you can do this.

There are British Scouts in countries all over the world who are part of British Scouting Overseas. This is a great way to make contact with another country, ask for links with local groups or find out about that country's culture.

Even if you’re not visiting a country, linking with groups another way – via email/letters/Skype etc. is a valuable opportunity to explore Scouting's similarities and differences across cultures. This is a great way of supporting young people to value the similarities between Scouts across the world, despite our very different backgrounds and experiences.

International Links and JOTA and JOTI are great ways of connecting with Scouts in other countries.


British Girlguiding Overseas (BGO)

April 2023

We are aware that Girlguiding has announced a decision to end British Girlguiding Overseas (BGO) operations. 

Whilst we share a history, operate in similar ways and work together at national and local levels, Scouts and Girlguiding are two separate charities and we have taken a different approach to our members based outside the UK. There will be no change to Scouts across our Branches, British Overseas Territories or British Scouting Overseas (BSO).  

British Girlguiding Overseas (BGO) operates in some of the same locations as Scouting Overseas (either in our British Scouting Overseas Area, British Overseas Territories or Branches) and could be a suitable alternative organisation for the young people and adult volunteers to join, should they wish, subject to Scouts’ joining process and membership requirements policies and procedures being adhered to. For more information on joining Scouts contact the Scouts Support Centre.

Overseas Branches of The Scouts

Learn about overseas branches

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 about Voluntary opportunities overseas