Scouting is currently active in 216 countries and territories with a global membership of over 28 million. Two thirds of the international membership are in developing countries.

The International Office, based at Gilwell Park, promotes international opportunities including camps and projects, with the aim of strengthening links between The Scout Association in the UK and other members of The World Organisation of the Scout Movement. The team also support the global elements to the Programme and administer grant-aid for visits abroad.

If you are thinking of organising your own international trip you should first contact the County International Adviser. There is a separate process for approving international trips which require at least three months notice. If you are planning a group tour in the future but would like to get some inspiration first, why don’t you look at Venture Abroad.