How to Operate a Council
International Committee
2012 International Conference
Philmont Scout Ranch
Dave Shelburne
IR- Sam Houston Area Council
Purposes of the Council
International Committee
• To encourage world friendship and Scout
fellowship activities within the Council
Purposes of the Council
International Committee
• To encourage world friendship and Scout
fellowship activities within the Council
• To promote contact with foreign Scouting
units
Purposes of the Council
International Committee
• To encourage world friendship and Scout
fellowship activities within the Council
• To promote contact with foreign Scouting
units
• To offer programs to educate Scouts about
WOSM
• To keep Council leadership informed of
International activities and opportunities
How is the Council International
Committee Organized ?
• The Council International Committee is
organized like any Council-level committee
How is the Council International
Committee Organized ?
• The Council International Committee is
organized like any Council-level committee
• It serves at the discretion of the Council
Executive Board and with the support of the
Council leadership
How is the Council International
Committee Organized?
• The Council International Committee is
organized like any Council-level committee
• It serves at the discretion of the Council
Executive Board and with the support of the
Council leadership
• Members should have extensive Scouting
experience and an understanding of
international cultures
Membership of the Council
International Committee
• Members should represent all areas of
Scouting in the Council: Cub Scouting, Boy
Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouting and
Exploring
Membership of the Council
International Committee
• Members should represent all areas of
Scouting in the Council: Cub Scouting, Boy
Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouting and
Exploring
• Members should demonstrate active
participation in meetings and programs of
the Committee
Membership of the Council
International Committee
• Members should represent all areas of
Scouting in the Council: Cub Scouting, Boy
Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouting and
Exploring
• Members should demonstrate active
participation in meetings and programs of
the Committee
• The Council International Representative
may serve as the Chairman
How Big Should the
International Committee Be?
• Big enough to get the job done, but not
overly large
How Big Should the
International Committee Be?
• Big enough to get the job done, but not
overly large
• There is no fixed size for a Council
International Committee
How Big Should the
International Committee Be?
• Big enough to get the job done, but not
overly large
• There is no fixed size for a Council
Committee
• The Committee is not a “parking place” for
people who just want a title or position
Prerequisites in Organizing the
International Committee
• Define the mission of the Committee and
develop a mission statement
Prerequisites in Organizing the
International Committee
• Define the mission of the Committee and
develop a mission statement
• Establish goals - What do you want to
accomplish and how do you plan to do it?
The Mission Statement:
An Example
• The purpose of the Council International
Committee shall be to encourage world
friendship and Scouting fellowship within
our Council by promoting contact with
foreign Scouting units and by offering
programs that educate our Scouts about the
World Organization of the Scout
Movement, its programs, history, future,
and their place in it.
Committee Goals and
Objectives:An Example
• Start or continue Council participation in
the International Camp Staff program
Committee Goals and
Objectives:An Example
• Start or continue Council participation in
the International Camp Staff program
• Start or continue Council participation in
the European Camp Staff program
Committee Goals and
Objectives:An Example
• Start or continue Council participation in
the International Camp Staff program
• Start or continue Council participation in
the European Camp Staff program
• Present an International Scouting elective at
the annual Commissioner College
• Introduce and promote the Messenger of
Peace initiative
Committee Goals and
Objectives:An Example
• Prepare an International Scouting display
for Council-wide events
Committee Goals and
Objectives:An Example
• Prepare an International Scouting display
for Council-wide events
• Promote the World Friendship Fund at all
Council training and camping events
Committee Goals and
Objectives:An Example
• Prepare an International Scouting display
for Council-wide events
• Promote the World Friendship Fund at all
Council training and camping events
• Present International Scouting program
features at District Cub, Boy Scout and
Venturing Roundtables
Committee Goals and
Objectives:An Example
• Actively assist in participant recruitment
and preparation for World Jamborees and
World Scout Moots
Committee Goals and
Objectives:An Example
• Actively assist in participant recruitment
and preparation for World Jamborees and
World Scout Moots
• Ensure that Citizenship in the World Merit
Badge Counselors are active in all Districts
Committee Goals and
Objectives:An Example
• Actively assist in participant recruitment
and preparation for World Jamborees and
World Scout Moots
• Ensure that Citizenship in the World Merit
Badge Counselors are active in all Districts
• Provide Citizenship in the World Merit
Badge Counselors for Council and District
Merit Badge University events
Committee Goals and
Objectives:An Example
• Actively promote Jamboree-On-The-Air
• Actively promote Jamboree-On-the-Internet
• Publish regular articles about International
Scouting in the Council newsletter and on
the Council website
Council Newsletter Articles:
Recent Examples
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International Activity Badge Requirements
World Scout Emblem - Its meaning
Michigan International Camporee
Advancement by Foreign Scouts
WOSM Membership Statistics
World Jamboree promotion
JOTA/JOTI
Council Newsletter Articles:
Recent Examples
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International Scouter’s Award
What country has the most Scouts?
Korean National Jamboree
Ukrainian National Jamboree
Overseas unit visits
Promoting International Scouting
International activities at the unit level
The World Friendship Fund
Council International Committee
Meetings
• Plan meetings one year in advance
Council International Committee
Meetings
• Plan meetings one year in advance
• Meet regularly, preferably at least quarterly
Council International Committee
Meetings
• Plan meetings one year in advance
• Meet regularly, preferable at least quarterly
• Meet at a convenient time, perhaps at a
local restaurant or at the Council Service
center with a light dinner
Council International Committee
Meetings
• Plan meetings one year in advance
• Meet regularly, preferable at least quarterly
• Meet at a convenient time, perhaps at a
local restaurant or at the Council Service
center with a light dinner
• Have a prepared agenda and stick to it
Council International Committee
Meetings
• Plan meetings one year in advance
• Meet regularly, preferable at least quarterly
• Meet at a convenient time, perhaps at a
local restaurant or at the Council Service
center with a light dinner
• Have a prepared agenda and stick to it
• Keep meetings short and to the point
Suggested Task Forces and/or
Subcommittees
• Council and District Promotion
• International Camp Staff Promotion and
Hospitality
• International Scouting Event Promotion
• Citizenship in the World Merit Badge
Counseling
Suggested Task Forces and/or
Subcommittees
• Membership on Council Executive Board
and Boy Scout and Venturing Activity
Committees
• Participation in Council Events and
District/Council Scout Shows
• Council Newsletter
Resources
• Sister City programs
Resources
• Sister City programs
• Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions International, and
other international service organizations
Resources
• Sister City programs
• Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions International, and
other international service organizations
• Foreign language and international business
departments at local colleges and
universities
Resources
• Sister City programs
• Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions International, and
other international service organizations
• Foreign language and international business
departments at local colleges and
universities
• Roster of Scouts and Scouters who speak
foreign languages
Resources
• BSA International Department
(http://www.scouting.org/international/)
• Other experienced Councils
• Units with international experience
• World Scout Resource Centre on the
Internet (http://www.scout.org/)
Conclusion
• Try and leave this world a little better than you
found it and when your turn comes to die, you can
die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not
wasted your time but have done your best. "Be
Prepared" in this way, to live happy and to die
happy- stick to your Scout Promise always when
you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you to
do it.
-- B-P
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