For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure in the outdoors. We care passionately about what is happening to kids and our communities – and are dedicated to supporting an exciting, quality program that builds better young people and our future leaders.
Here in metro-Atlanta, Scouting continues to improve families and our community by serving more than 32,000 youth in 13 counties: Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale. The Atlanta Area Council is divided into 13 geographical areas called districts. Each district is made up of local Scouting units called Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, and Exploring Posts that are chartered to a local school, religious organization, or community center. Scouting activities happen all year-long in your local neighborhood or at one of our beautiful scout camps.
If you want to get involved with Scouting, or have a question about the exciting opportunities Scouting offers Atlanta’s families, please contact us at 770-989-8820.
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Scouting Atlanta Area Council International Committee (AAC IC)
Scouting is truly international. The Boy Scouts of America is part of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) which recognizes Scouting programs in at least 216 countries. Scouting is literally a world-wide program. Atlanta Area Council Scouts have many opportunities to participate in international activities and events with Scouts from other countries, bridging differences in language, cultures and politics, and helping fulfill Lord Baden-Powell's dream of international friendship.
BP’s Closing Address at the 3rd World Jamboree, Arrowe Park, 12 August 1929
"From all corners of the earth, you have journeyed to this great gathering of World Fellowship and Brotherhood. Today I send you out from Arrowe (Park) to all the World, bearing my symbol of Peace and Fellowship, each one of you my ambassador bearing my message of Love and Fellowship on the wings of Sacrifice and Service, to the end of the Earth. ... Carry it fast and far so that all men may know the Brotherhood of Man."
Vision Statement of the AAC IC
The International Committee of the Atlanta Area Council views Scouting as an international brotherhood and is committed to helping Scouts of the Atlanta Area Council interact with Scouts from nations around the world and participate in international scouting events and experiences.
Mission of the AAC IC
The mission of the Atlanta Area Council International Committee is to promote the brotherhood of Scouting around the world and to help Atlanta Area Council Scouts participate in international events. World Jamborees, national jamborees in many countries, camp staff exchanges, troop and Venturer high adventure trips, national and council contingent participation, Citizenship in the World MB, Jamboree on the Internet, Kandersteg, and many more programs offer a gateway to International Scouting opportunities. The AAC IC will provide information, contacts, program guidance and assistance, and resources to help both units and individuals interested in an International Scouting experience. These experiences will help AAC Scouts and their families become more aware of opportunities for growth through international scouting as they take their own place as global citizens!
Are You Interested in an International Opportunity?
The International Department of the Boy Scouts of America maintains a database of Scouts and leaders who are interested in participating in International Scouting opportunities as a delegate of the Boy Scouts of America. Nomination forms are available for youth and leaders and the International Department requests that interested parties submit their recommendations as soon as possible so that scouts and leaders of the Atlanta Area Council may be considered for any upcoming events as part of a national contingent. Your council international representative is responsible for collecting and sending recommendations to the BSA’s international committee.
International Camp Staff - Home Hospitality
Scouting is a world-wide movement. The BSA solicits applications from Scouts 18-30 years of age from around the world to serve as International Camp Staff for its various council summer camps. SFBAC has been generally successful at securing one international Scout for each of its summer camps. The international staffer allows our Scouts to interact with an experienced Scout from another country and culture. Our Scouts discover how Scouting is different in other countries but is still built on the same basic values and skills that we use in the US. In the past few years, our Scouts have met Scouts from Taiwan, Egypt, South Africa, and the UK.
The staff usually arrives into the United States several days to a week prior to the start of camp, and host families are needed! Think about hosting an international scout in your home to learn more about various countries throughout the world, and gain a new friend!
2015 23rd World Scout Jamboree – July 28 to August 8, 2015
The kanji character “wa” means harmony, unity, friendship, and peace. It is in this spirit that the Scout Association of Japan will welcome Scouts from around the world to the 2015 World Scout Jamboree, Wa: A Spirit of Unity.
From July 28 to August 8, 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, on reclaimed land in southwestern Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.
The event brings together Boy Scouts, Venturers, leaders, and staff and provides opportunities to raise awareness of global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology. Additional information is available on the BSA National website. WSJ 2015 Flyer
2019 24th World Scout Jamboree
The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. The last world jamboree held in the United States was in 1967 at Farragut State Park in Idaho. The 2019 bid was a joint effort among three Scout organizations: the BSA, Scouts Canada, and Asociación de Scouts de Mexico.
For 12 days, thousands of young people from around the world gather in a tented city for activities and adventure during a world jamboree. Scouts have an opportunity to interact and participate with others from different cultures and to build solidarity and understanding across cultural and geographical boundaries.
World Friendship Fund
The World Friendship Fund is an opportunity for you to help support fellow Scouts who are in need. Started at the end of World War II, this program has helped restart Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops in many countries throughout the world. This program has helped provide equipment, uniforms, insignia, program materials, camping gear and translations of BSA literature into several languages.
Today, we have seen the development of new nations and democratization of others. What an opportunity for you to be a part, by giving a little, so that the youth of these nations can gain all that scouting has to offer.
We are currently promoting "The Power of One"; one person, giving only one dollar. Just think what would happen if all registered scouts and scouters in our council would give one dollar to the World Friendship Fund. Be a part today by donating only ONE dollar. Each scout or scouter, giving one could make a huge difference in the lives of young people worldwide.
Please challenge your pack, crew, troop today - to ignite THE POWER OF ONE! For more information you may contact any member of the International Scouting Committee. You could also collect your troops contributions, take them to the council and make your donation to the WORLD FRIENDSHIP FUND POWER OF ONE. We have a participation ribbon for all troops that collect one dollar per registered member. If your troop donates $30 or more, we also have a beautiful recognition ribbon for your troop flag that can show your support. View the participation ribbons by clicking here. Your unit can complete the World Friendship Fund online application by clicking here.
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