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British Scouting Overseas

British Scouting Overseas (BSO) is a UK Scout Area, supported by the International Office at Gilwell Park, who operate the UK Programme around the world.

BSO exists to support families where, due to cultural or language barriers (and the fact that people from the UK living overseas may frequently move around), it is not always possible for young people from the UK to join local groups.

Members of the UK’s Scout Association who wish to continue their involvement with the Movement while living overseas can do so through BSO. BSO currently operates 42 Groups throughout the world, with over 2,400 members.

The BSO Area Team is formed of volunteers who support the various Groups within BSO. The team meets regularly, and includes members with specific experience in sectional training, adult training and support, Scout Active Support and DofE.