International Activity Patch
Walk In My Shoes may, also, be applied to learning
about another culture and how they do things. If you go that way then this
patch may be just what you are looking for to inspire your Scouts. Please note
that requirements are set by local councils and vary from council to council.
When we had Canada for a theme a few years ago, I was unsuccessful in having
my council tell me what we had to do. I now know who our Councilís
International representative is and will be seeking him out to define
requirements for this award. Commissioner Dave
The International Activity Patch (No. 1440 is a 3-inch
embroidered emblem worn as a temporary patch centered on the right pocket of
the uniform shirt. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venture Scouts and
Scouters who participate in an international activity or program defined by
local council can earn it.
Units have the opportunity to develop activities that
meet requirements for the International Activity Patch! Council through a
Unitís District Executive must approve these activities in advance or there
could be some disappointed Scouts.
Each local Council has the authority to determine
requirements for the patch. There is no time restriction for earning the
International activity patch.
Here are some examples of the criteria, which can be
established for this patch:
General Requirements for Cub Scouts:
An international activity is an activity where boys learn
about at least one other country in depth; including its customs, songs,
games, and costumes. The activity should meet requirements for achievements
and electives in the Cub Scout books. Also, the activity should help foster
the "World Brotherhood" attitude of Scouting in both boys and leaders.
In a Pack:
An International activity that provides an in depth
experience of one country. (E.g. Customs, flag, food, costumes music,
An International activity that provides an opportunity of
learning about several countries in detail.
A Blue and Gold Banquet that centers on an International
theme and uses ideas from one or more foreign countries. Ceremonies and other
activities of event should have a flavor of "World Brotherhood".
A Scout-o-Rama booth where an International theme is
developed. This booth could be centered on one country or several countries
and should include flags and costumes. Games from other countries work well in
In a Den or Family:
A four-week International activity that develops an
experience of one country. For example: first week they learn about the flag
and songs, second week they prepare food, third week they do a craft activity,
and fourth week they play games.
A four week International activity that develops an
experience where boys learn about several countries. Each week the boys could
learn about a different country.
An individual may earn the patch if he/she participates
in any scout meeting that is held in another country.
A family may earn the patch if they host Scouts or
Scouters from another country in their home. At least one overnight stay would