International Scouting

Want an International experience?

Patches are available!

Join Scouts from around the world on Saturday, October 15
All Scout Shop Locations from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Feel free to bring your own electronic device to learn how to connect. 

Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) is an annual Scouting event (59th) that uses amateur radio to communicate with Scouts around the world, across the nation, and in your own community.
Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts will join in using a ham radio station set at Arlington Heights, LaGrange and Munster Scout store locations.

JOTA participation fulfills some requirements for the Radio merit badge.

Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) is sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
Scouts can participate at home (with the help of an adult, if needed) or participate in a Scout group. 

JOTI participation fulfills requirements for Tiger and Arrow of Light adventures, the Citizenship in the World merit badge, and the International Spirit Award.  

More information:


Chicago Scout Shop — JOTI
1218 W. Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 738-3324

La Grange Scout Shop – JOTA & JOTI
811 W. Hillgrove Ave
La Grange, IL 60525
Phone: (708) 352-3144

Arlington Heights Scout Shop – JOTA & JOTI
617 E. Golf Road Suite 101
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 640-4430

Calumet Scout Shop - JOTA & JOTI
 8751 Calumet Ave.
Munster, IN 46321
Phone: (219) 200-5462

Click here to download flyer!

 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.


Scouts from Ethiopia, Mexico and Hong Kong sailed on Lake Michigan July 15th and 16th during a tour of Chicago lead by Chicago-based Sea Scouts- a coed youth program within the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

The sailing trip was part of a 2-day visit for 63 international Scouts who stayed with local BSA host families before traveling to Michigan for the International Camporee. There, they gathered with Scouts from more than 20 countries for a few more action-packed days.

“Scouting gives opportunities to build friendships around the corner or around the world,” said local International Scouting Chair Kate Mulcahy. “Our Scouts are ambassadors for peace, and they don’t necessarily have to leave the United States to gain a greater awareness and appreciation for different countries and cultures.”

Youth members of the local Sea Scouts unit, known as Ship 5870, and their adult leader took the visiting Scouts aboard their 33-foot ship named Privateer for a 90-minute tour of Chicago. The visiting Scouts were in good hands. Ship 5870, chartered by the Chicago Yacht Club, comprises 10 members age 14-20 who annually log about 350 race-related sailing hours and participate in three races each year including the Race to Mackinac.

The Scouts departed from the Chicago Yacht Club Friday and Saturday morning, proceeded to the Chicago Locks and Navy Pier, then headed toward the Shedd Aquarium, Monroe Harbor, Queen's Landing, and back to the Chicago Yacht Club.  After sailing, the Scouts went to Maggie Daley Park for a picnic lunch and more sight-seeing.

While the International Camporee is held every four years, this was the first time visiting Scouts were able to tour Chicago from Lake Michigan. And, for most of the 63 visitors, Chicago was their first glimpse at the United States.