Scouts Australia International
Chief Scout of Australia's 2015 JOTA JOTI Opening Address
Scouting is a worldwide Movement with over 40 million Scouts in 162 countries. International Scouting is aimed at creating an understanding of other cultures as well as promoting peace and tolerance through our common understanding of the Scouting Aims and Principles.
International Scouting involves relationships with other National Scout Organisations (NSOs) around the world. These relationships involve international events and projects, the Scouts International Student Exchange (SISEP), Jamboree On The Air / Jamboree On The Internet (JOTA/JOTI), and the Pen-Pal Program. International Scouting is also about developing Scouts’ awareness of their place within the worldwide Movement.
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is split up into five regions, and Scouts Australia is one of 25 National Scout Organisations in the Asia-Pacific Region (APR). Scouts Australia has Members actively involved in APR committees and sub-committees, and also helps developing countries in the Asia-Pacific Region by providing support and specialist people and skills to assist them. Projects include:
- Sending trainers to a number of Asia-Pacific countries to help run training courses;
- Supporting service projects in the Asia-Pacific Region and working with other NSOs to achieve a common goal for the Association;
- Scholarships for developing countries to assist youth Members from those Associations to attend Australian events such as Jamborees, Ventures and Moots.
Scouts Australia has a team consisting of the International Commissioner, and a Branch International Commissioner in each Australian State and Territory.
"When you join a Patrol you become part of a worldwide brotherhood in which every member has promised to keep the Scout Law. Because of this it doesn't matter if they speak different languages, are of different colours or hold different religious beliefs. When you meet Scouts at large gatherings, remember that they are your brothers and show by your actions that you regard them as friends."
- Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of Scouting