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The Scout Association offers fun and everyday adventure to 573,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 25 across the United Kingdom.


Scouting is currently active in 216 countries and territories with a global membership of over 31 million people. Two thirds of the international membership are in developing countries.

The International Office, based at Gilwell Park, promotes international opportunities including camps and projects, with the aim of strengthening links between The Scout Association in the UK and other members of The World Organisation of the Scout Movement. The team also support the global elements to the Programme and administer grant-aid for visits abroad. Click here for more information on International Scouting.

We expect that all Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Network members will have regular opportunities to experience International Scouting. To encourage this there was another County Expedition to the World Scout Centre in Kandersteg in Switzerland in summer 2013. We will be going again in the Summer of 2017.

If you are thinking of organising your own international trip you should first contact Keyur Patel, ACC (International). There is a separate process for approving international trips which require at least three months’ notice. If you are planning a group tour in the future but would like to get some inspiration first, why don’t you look at Venture Abroad.

The Venture Abroad Activity Holidays Brochure is available on website www.ventureabroad.co.uk. Email tours@ventureabroad.co.uk. Telephone: 01332 342205.

We have put together a list of useful international websites to help you deliver the international, global and environmental aspect of your programme. The International Links scheme also provides fantastic opportunities to make contact with groups in other countries.

International Opportunities

International Opportunities is a monthly bulletin published by the International Office. The document contains details of many opportunities for members to join in camps overseas as well as all the international camps being held in the UK and Explorer Belt expeditions and fact finding trips organised by the various Networks.

The latest edition available is a version titled: December 2016.

A version of International Opportunities can also be accessed here.