Scouting - Fact or Fiction?
International



Statement US Scouts can attend Moots (officially) Fact or Fiction Fiction Comments Afraid not, too much sex, drugs and rock 'n roll for our national organization.

Statement Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) is not an approved scout activity. Fact or Fiction Fiction Comments This changed in 2005. It is now approved.

Statement JOTA (Jamboree on the air) is a Jamboree, so I wear the patch above the right pocket. Fact or Fiction Fiction Comments Sorry, no. JOTA is worn on the right pocket, like other temporary insignia.

Statement A US Scout can attend World Jamboree with a contingent from another country (to save money). Fact or Fiction Fiction Comments Sorry, BSA will come down pretty hard on a youth attempting that if they catch them. The contingent fee helps support a lot of things, and bypassing the US contingent just to save money is not very trustworthy or obedient.

Statement You have to be {14/First Class/Venturer} to participate in an international activity. Fact or Fiction Fiction Comments No such restriction exists. It is up to the even organizers and the adult leadership as to restrictions. Even cub scouts could go on international outings if the adults will allow it.

Statement You must have a notarized permission form from both parents (if still alive) to go on an international outing as a youth. Fact or Fiction Fiction Fact Comments Initially we said "This may be a good idea, but it is not a requirement to be notarized or be from both parents."  However, new information is available.  Many countries require a permission to travel letter with the notarized signature of both parents to avoid parental abduction of children and trafficking in human beings.  A good article on the subject is available from the Family Travel Forum.  For specific information visit the U.S. Department of State Travel website to look at country specific information. (Click on a country and look at the Entry/Exit Requirements.  In some cases the form must be in the language of the country to be visited and may also need to be authenticated by the Embassy or Consulate of the country prior to entry.).  Approximately 50 nations have adopted the Hague Abduction Convention.  Many of them do require a permission to travel letter for persons under the age of 18.  Again, please check the entry/exit requirements for the country you intend to visit.

Statement Scouts from other countries follow the same rules as USA scouts. Fact or Fiction Fiction Comments You would have to be quite nave to believe this one.

Statement It is not possible for an individual unit, especially a troop, to organize their own international outing. Fact or Fiction Fiction Comments What nonsense. I've done it.




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