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  • Council International Representative

    Does anyone have any experience with or have knowledge of a council international representative position? The reason I ask is that I would like to promote the idea of the international Scouting moment here in my home council. I'm meeting with the Scout Executive to discuss it, as I intend to volunteer to fill the role.

    LeCastor

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    For anyone who cares, I did meet with the SE and explained why I thought it was important to bring a sense of world brotherhood to our council. He appreciated the thought but didn't know how it fit within the framework of our council as it operates at this point in time.

    LeCastor

    P.S. I think the "Council Relations" section is where posts go to die...

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    • #3
      Sorry, I thought since I didn't have first-hand knowledge of such a position, you'd get better feedback from others.

      I've never seen any one position for this activity, but folks have done for our council ...
      • Invited a group of talented scouts from Israel to make our council a stop on their tour of the US.
      • Recruited contingent(s) for World Jamboree.
      • Set up International Camp Staff Exchange.
      • Make sure imformation about international opportunities are part of basic trainings.
      I'm sorry your SE doesn't have a particular vision, it means you will have to assemble a coalition of the willing to make one or two things happen.

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      • #4
        Hey, Q! No need to apologize.

        I already have some plans similar to the ones you mention above. In fact, I've already got some contacts lined up in Québec and just north of London, England. And I'll be promoting international Scouting around the Council through training and with displays at gatherings.

        LeCastor

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        • #5
          Sorry guys, I've tried to post three seperate occasions since LeCastor orignal post, but I kept getting an error (let's hope this one goes through).

          I sit on our Council's International Scouting Committee, the chairman is our Council International Representative. We are supposed to have a representative from every district, but that rarely happens. There are a few of us who think this committee serves an important function, but most of us were scouts overseas as youth and had a great experience with it (some through the military, some not).

          Although we don't meet as often as we once did, some of our duties include promoting the World Jamboree, which includes sitting on the panel that approves the Scoutmaster for the Council Troop that we send as well as promoting staff positions at the WJ. We recruit international scouts to work at our summer camps, as well as the logistics for visiting troops from overseas. We also work to bring in a troop from overseas to attend the NSJ and intergrate their patrols into our troops that we send. We also design and sell fundraising patches, with the money going toward the World Friendship Fund.

          There is a lot of stuff that can be done, although since we are from a large coucil with a big international airport, it is a little easier.

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          • #6
            Thanks, @eaglescout1996, for the reply. I appreciate your feedback and experience. My council is not very big and at the moment doesn't have much of a international outlook, which I think is too bad. I hope to promote the World Jamboree and at least promote international communication between our units and units in Canada, the UK, and New Zealand to start.

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            • #7
              If you are anywhere close to Canada, there are camporees up there every year that solicit U.S. participation. The Dorchester International Brotherhood Camporee is one of them and very well run. http://www.dibc.on.ca/DIBC/Home.jsp www.facebook.com/DIBCamporee

              Steve "Skip" Locke, a Candian Scouter, has been heavily involved in international Scouting. http://skiplockescouting.com/

              There is always: http://www.scouting.org/Home/International.aspx

              and http://www.scouting.org/filestore/in...130-044_WB.pdf

              http://www.scouting.org/Home/Interna...sentative.aspx

              On p. 10 here http://gccbsa.info/Trailmarker/SeptOct11TMWEB.pdf you will find suggestions on international Scouting from an ISR.

              I think the way to do it is to do it. You are what you do. Titles may follow but are not essential.

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              • #8
                @TAHAWK, yes, I agree with you about titles being fluff. My plan is to just do it and promote Scouting as an international movement. Thanks for all the great links!

                LeCastor

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