International Scouting

The Pathway to Adventure Council’s International Scouting Committee works to create opportunities for Scouts and Scouters in Chicago and Northwest Indiana to become involved in International Scouting.

You can find information below on:

Connect Socially with International Scouting
PTAC International Scouting Facebook page click here

PTAC International Scouting – Japanese Cultural Day

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017 | 1:00-2:30pm

PTAC’s International Scouting Committee works to encourage worldwide friendship and Scouting fellowship.  We promote a global mindset and contact with foreign Scouting units by offering programs that educate our Scouts about the World Organization of the Scout Movement, its programs, history, future, and their place in it.


Join us to learn more about Japan at the Japan Consulate Office in Chicago!

Program highlights include:

Live chat with Japanese Scouts
Japan Cultural Overview
Japanese Martial Art Demo (Kendo)
Listen to a Japanese musical instrument (Koto)
Chopstick games
Japanese calligraphy
Japanese toys and pop culture!

Learn about previous PTAC trips to Japan and how you can visit Japan and other areas of the world with your Scouting friends.

Hey, we also will have merit badge sign-offs!

Space is limited to the first 50 registered. Discounted parking available.

Questions? Contact:

Christopher Geraghty -

David Lentz -

 Kate Mulcahy -

Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
Japan Information Center
737 N. Michigan Avenue., Suite 1000 | Chicago, IL 60611


If you will be between 18 and 25 this summer, you can join the BSA Contingent to the World Scout Moot in Iceland. A Moot is a mini-jamboree for young people aged 18 and 25 inclusive. BSA participants will hike, climb and kayak with participants from other countries on a four-day expedition, then gather for five days of activities and dialogue. There will be more than 5,000 participants from 100 countries.

To learn more, follow these links

World Scout Moot Web Site
World Scout Moot Facebook
BSA Contingent Facebook

New BSA International Spirit Award

International Department Boy Scouts of America has recently introduced the new BSA International Spirit Award. To see the requirements for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and adults and how to order the patches, click here.

Several uniform insignia and awards are available to show a Scout's involvement in the world Scouting movement:

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) or Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI)

These events are always held on the 3rd full weekend. PTAC units should start planning now for October 21 and 22, 2017. For BSA information on JOTA, click here.  For BSA information on JOTI, click here.

For World Scouting information on both JOTA and JOTI, click here.

2019 World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve

A World Scout Jamboree is held once every four years. Youth participants are 14 but not yet 18 years old. The next World Scout Jamboree will be held in the United States in 2019.
Click here to find out more information.

2017 Jamborees in other countries open to contingents from BSA troops and crews  
CANADA - CJ17 for Scouts ages 11 to 14 - July 8 to 15 in Nova Scotia - For the web site, click here (
DENMARK - Jamboree Denmark for Scouts ages 10 to 17 - July 22 to 30 just north of the Danish-German border - For the web site, click here (
ENGLAND – Poacher 2017 for Scouts ages 10 to 17 - July 29 to August 5 in Lincolnshire - For the web site, click here (
ENGLANDWS 2017 Scout and Guide International Camp for Scouts ages 10 to 18 - August 5 to 12 in West Sussex - For the web site, click here (
ESTONIA - Estonian National Jamboree for Scouts ages 12 to 18 - July 8 to 15 - For the web site (not currently in English) click here (
NETHERLANDS - NICES 2017 for Scouts/Venturers ages 14 to 21 - July 29 to August 12 with shorter stays possible - For the web site, click here (
NORWAY – Nord 2017 for Scouts ages 10 to 16 and Rovers ages 17 up - July 1 to 8 in an area of northern Norway where the sun does not set during summer.  For the web site, click here (  
SCOTLAND – AJ 2017 for Scouts ages 10 to 18 – July 29  to August 5 - For the web site, click here (

63 international Scouts from Hong Kong, Ethiopia, and Mexico enjoyed a weekend of sailing and sightseeing last month with PTAC host families before they headed to the Michigan International Camporee.

Other International Scouting Opportunities

Jamboree On The Trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together.

Jamboree on the Trail is simply a coordinated event where Scouts around the world simultaneously participate in local hikes. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate.

This type of event allows Scouts to take part in activities at the same time as other Scouts, promoting the idea of Scouting brotherhood.

Participants are awarded a JOTT badge as a recognition of having participated in the worldwide event.
- Cub Scouts could visit a local nature trail as part of a weekend camp.
- A Scout Troop might check out a hiking trail while working on badge requirements.
- An Explorer post might make a service project out of restoring or maintaining a hiking trail.

In their own way, everyone will be hiking the same direction; towards a better future through Scouting.