Re: International Activity Patch
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 01:28:31 -0500
Don and Jim,
Jim you suggested that you needed a letter of introduction and that some
literature from the BSA International Division says you only wear the
patch while actively participating in the event, and to take it off when
done. I wonder whether this literature is accurate and suspect it is out
Initially the International Activity patch was started in 1962 by the
Transatlantic Council, BSA and General Bruce Clarke. There was a time
when it could only be earned and worn by those participating in an
international event. This has since changed. It is now awarded
to any Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity/Venture Scout, Explorer or Scouter
who meets the eligibility requirements set by the local Council under
National Guidelines. The patch itself may be purchased from local Scout
shops and is worn on the right pocket as a temporary patch.
In the National Capital Area Council, the requiments are that a
registered youth or adult earn 140 points from among three major categories:
Category I (100 points)
Attend and participate in a World Jamboree.
Category II (30 points each)
Earn the Interpreter Strip
Earn the Citizenship in the World merit badge
Conduct an international project such as UNICEF, UN Day, etc.
Participate in a BSA event with a World Brotherhood theme such as EXP,
summer camp, day camp, etc.
Participate in Jamboree-on-the-Air or similar Scout radio program.
Attend or visit a Scout group in another country.
Conduct an international theme program at a Scout meeting
Host a foreign Scout or Scouter.
Category III (10 points each)
Visit an international organization: Embassy, World Bank, etc.
Visit an international business or international civic club
Assist at an International Visitors Information Service booth at an airport,
train, or bus station
Join the NCAC International Hosting Committee
Participate in the Scouting Pen Pals program
Read 200-Million Scouts and write a report of your impressions
Collect foreign Scout Badges, pins, etc. and display at a Scout meeting
Collect Scouts on Stamps and display at a Scout meeting.
Originate a fund raising event for the World Brotherhood Fund.
Check with your Council Office to see whether your Council has
established its own requirements. If not your Council can form an
International Committee, which can draft requirements similar to these
for approval by the Council using National guidelines.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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