Hello Dear Reader
We now live in what can be described as a digital age. It is a time where messages can be sent around the globe in a matter of seconds, with tools like Whatsapp, Facetime and Skype we can talk and discuss with people from all over the world.
With all this at our fingertips can someone please explain to me why there are still people involved in scouting who believe that International is difficult to do, and that to get an international experience you need to get on a plane and travel?
There are simple things you can do, combine international with the writer’s badge
From the Writers Badge
- Write a letter to a pen pal (real or imaginary) of at least 150 words.- do it via e-mail
From the Global Challenge
- Make contact with Scouts from another country outside the United Kingdom.
Ok as an adult you need to do a little bit of work in making the initial contact but a simple search of the web will find blogs for a huge number of America Scout groups, I admit this is a simple way out because there is no language barrier but no-one said the challenge had to be difficult.
After a couple of e-mails, I am sure you can find a way to share information in such a way to comply with everyone’s child protection and data protection rules.
Ok, that is only one part you need a project well again there are a wealth of NGO and organisations who would love to share their message with a group of young people. Only the other day I was in a pub and overheard a conversation with a guy who worked for Outreach International who are based near Bristol. It turned out he was James Chapman the Founder and having introduced myself he seemed very interested in coming and doing a talk to people in Scouting about the projects they work on and what they do.
So tell me why is International deemed to be so difficult?
Yours in Scouting