International Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council is organized and led by the International Committee. The International Committee relies heavily on a very dynamic, dedicated, and diverse group of volunteers to bring a truly International flavor to the Scouts in the Greater Houston area and to the surrounding councils. Everyone has something to contribute to the group's diversity. We are always looking for more people interested in expanding their knowledge about another culture other than their own. Whether you have an international experience to share or simply want to learn more about International Scouting, you belong to our group of volunteers called the "SHAC International Group." To join this group and start receiving periodic e-mails about International Scouting, simply send an e-mail to SHACInternationalGroupemail@example.com.
|International Representative||Dave Shelburnefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Staff Advisor||Brett Leeemail@example.com|
A BIG International Scouting Event in Houston
The International Department of Boy Scouts of America has asked the Sam Houston Area Council to host to the first Interamerican Leadership Training December 26, 2013 to January 1, 2014 at the Conference Center at Camp Strake.
The course is jointly sponsored by Boy Scouts of America and several of the Central American Scout Organizations and is planned to be an annual event for the next ten years. For this first course Boy Scouts of America is the host, but it will rotate to other countries in the future.
2 scouts from each of the Interamerican countries, from Canada to Chile and Argentina and all the Caribbean Islands have been invited to participate in this course. The National Scout Organizations (NSOs) have been asked to send their best young leaders (age 17 to 25) and the response has been staggering: almost all countries will participate and 69 scouts are registered. The general email response to the “welcome letter” is:”I can’t wait!”
Course Director is Armando Aguirre and the staff comes from all over the USA, Canada, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Brazil and, of course, a lot of support scouters are from Houston. In fact, we need volunteers who would be willing to meet incoming scouts at Houston Intercontinental Airport and bring them to Camp Strake on December 26.
The course is a Messenger of Peace project and the participants will discuss and plan projects to implement in their countries. Rabbi Peter Hyman, chairman of the BSA Messenger of Peace Committee and Charles Ng (yes, our Charles), who is now Director for Global Projects in the WOSM Office in Geneva, will facilitate this part of the course.
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BSA Messengers of Peace Ring Patch. MoP was created in 2011 by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Find out more about the initiative at http://scoutmessengers.com/. The BSA has integrated the MoP initiative into its Boy Scout program. Scouts can earn the prestigious "MoP Ring Patch" by completing a service project that meets the MoP criteria. All Eagle Projects will automatically qualify for the MoP award. Lean how to earn this award. Click here.
Global BSA Newsletter. Click here for the latest issue. BSA International Division began publishing the Global BSA Newsletter in Spring 2012. These issues are very informative and provides international opportunities for Scouts and Scouters all over the country. If an international event sparks your interest, do not hesitate to contact SHAC International Representative Dave Shelburne at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unlike loval events, registering for an international event takes a little longer and requires coordination between the International Rep., BSA International Division, and the host National Scout Organization.
Learning About World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). To learn more about WOSM, please visit their website. Click here.
Learning More About International Scouting. Did you know that the number of Scouts registered in Boy Scouts of America in 2010 only account for roughly 7.7% of the number of Scouts around the globe? You read correctly. With only 2.7 million registered Scouts in the BSA, there are about 32.3 million more Scouts elsewhere. One of our goals is to raise awareness that "we are not alone." In fact, Scouts from around the world are working together to make a positive impact in their local communities, in their nations, and in our world. Find out more about opportunities to participate in the Scout program in another country here: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/International/ProgramEnrichment.aspx.
Visit the BSA's International webpage at International Scouting.