International Spirit Award

International Spirit Award – How You Can Earn It

What is the International Spirit Award?

The International Spirit Award is a temporary emblem that is awarded to registered Scouts and Scouters who have completed the necessary requirements, have gained a greater knowledge of international Scouting, and have developed a greater appreciation and awareness of different cultures and countries.

Where Can I Find the Requirements?

There are specific requirements for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts/Varsity/Venturer and Scouter. There are also experience requirements that apply to everyone. You can find all the requirements and the application at http://www.scouting.org/filestore/international/pdf/130-044_WB.pdf

What are the Cub Scout Requirements?

Here’s the list of Cub Scout requirements. Note that the experience requirements are listed later.

  1. Earn the Cub Scout World Conservation Award.
  2. Learn 10 words that are in a different language than your own.
  3. Play two games that originated in another country or culture.
  4. Participate in Jamboree-on-the-Air or Jamboree-on-the-Internet.
  5. Organize a World Friendship Fund collection at a unit meeting or district roundtable.
  6. Complete two of the 10 Experience Requirements.

What are the Boy Scout/Varsity/Venturer Requirements?

Here’s the list of Boy Scout/Varsity/Venturer requirements. Note that the experience requirements are listed later.

  1. Earn the Boy Scout or Venturing World Conservation Award. Earn the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge. (Alternative for Venturers: Complete the “Understanding Other Cultures” requirement of the TRUST Award.)
  2. Participate in Jamboree-on-the-Air or Jamboree-on-the-Internet.
  3. Organize a World Friendship Fund collection at a unit meeting or district roundtable.
  4. Complete three of the 10 Experience Requirements.

What are the Scouter Requirements?

Here’s the list of Scouter requirements. Note that the experience requirements are listed later.

  1. Learn about the World Organization of the Scout Movement (http://www.scout.org). Explain to your unit or at a district roundtable what this organization is and at least three ways that the WOSM website can be used to promote participation in international Scouting.
  2. Read the most current International Department newsletter (http://www.scouting.org/ international/newsletter) and promote at least two items from the newsletter within your unit or at a district roundtable.
  3. Help organize or participate in two Jamboree-on-the-Air or Jamboree-on-the-Internet
  4. Organize a World Friendship Fund collection at a unit meeting or district roundtable.
  5. Complete four of the 10 Experience Requirements.

What are the Experience Requirements?

Select from this list to complete the required number of experience requirements. We’ve also included examples of how you can complete each of the experiences here in the Longhorn Council.

  • Host an international Scout or unit and plan activities to help you learn about Scouting in their country.
    • Contact the Longhorn Council International Youth Exchange Program to find out about international Scouts or units that will be visiting. This is the starting point for learning all about hosting them. Contact point is Carl Martinez at .
  • Learn about another country and prepare a dinner traditionally served there. Explain what you learned to friends or family over the meal.
    • Google is your friend for this task. Look up another country and learn about it. Good sources are Wikipedia and The World Factbook. From this information, search for recipes for a traditional dinner served in that country.
  • Participate in a World Scout Jamboree, international camporee, or another international Scouting event. Share the experience with your unit or at a district roundtable.
  • Take a trip to another country as an individual or with your family or Scouting unit. Make sure to visit a Scouting event or unit in that country. When you return home, share your experience with another unit.
    • This one should be great fun. Work with your family or Scouting unit on an international trip.
  • Organize and participate in a Messengers of Peace project. Share the experience with your unit or at a district roundtable, making sure to explain which dimensions of the program your project promoted.
  • Earn the interpreter strip.
  • Research Scouting in another country. Make a presentation at a unit meeting or district roundtable.
    • You can find the list of National Scout Organizations at https://www.scout.org/nso/ and most of them have links to their websites. That’s a good starting point for learning about Scouting in another country. If the language poses a barrier, don’t forget about Google Translate as a tool https://translate.google.com.
  • Contact your local council’s international representative and assist them with at least two items they need help with promoting.
    • You can see our International Program Exhibits at http://www.longhorncouncil.org/general-info/international-programs/international-program-exhibits/ and contact our International representative, Ed Richards, at
  • Research the process of obtaining a U.S. passport. Create a fact sheet for your unit or district to assist them with requirements for traveling internationally.
  • Research a region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Make a presentation at a unit meeting or district roundtable.

 

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