International is one of the elements that makes up a balanced programme. Offering global Programme activities can give young people a better understanding of people from different cultures, as well as an awareness of current global issues.
The International Activity Badge is available for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, and is a great way to bring international activities into your section’s Programme. This badge supports young people to find out about Scouting, culture and customs around the world.
Start this badge by finding out about Beaver Scouts (or equivalent) around the world, by doing some online research. The website for the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is a great place to start – take a look at their comprehensive list of all the countries where Scouting takes place. Then, you can print the Beavers Across The Globe activity on page 7 of the resource pack for this badge.
Incorporate some craft into this badge by creating a passport for the country of the Cubs’ choosing. Challenge them to do some research into a country – things like landmarks, currency, national dress, food, religion, cultures, customs and languages. The Cubs can design covers and create passport documents which include all of their research. They could also create a passport for themselves or a friend, describing their own culture, language and beliefs.
This activity, along with many more, can be found in the resource pack for this badge.
Participating in the traditional creative activities of a country can really help your Scouts to understand the culture. Explore the indigenous culture of Australia by creating some Aboriginal dot art – beautiful intricate patterns that you can create with brushes or natural materials like sticks.
Get more support for this badge by using the resource pack.
Your Explorers can achieve part of this badge by running an international evening – this could include food tasting or cooking, cultural performances, craft activities or a quiz. The evening could focus in depth on a particular country, or compare different cultures and customs.
You could incorporate this into the Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) or Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), which happen in October. Find out more about participating in JOTA or JOTI by taking a look at the factsheet.