International Activity Badge

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International Activity Badge is discontinued. It has been replaced by International Spirit Award. (See Discontinued awards.)
Those who earned it before it was discontinued may still wear it, but it can no longer be earned.
International Activity Badge

This patch is worn as a temporary emblem
on the right pocket of the uniform
Last updated:
Level:Boy Scouts, Venturers

The International Activity badge (#00144) is a 3-inch diameter patch which is worn as a TEMPORARY EMBLEM on the right pocket of the Scout or Scouter to recognize participation in unit, council, and world scouting international activities. It is NOT worn in place of or alongside the World Crest emblem. There is also a 5-inch jacket patch (#00145) available for authorized wear.

Each local Council has the authority to determine requirements for the patch. There is no time restriction for earning the International activity patch.

Here are some examples of the criteria which can be established for this patch:

Council award requirements (example #1)

  • The unit leader, or his designee, determines eligibility.
  • From among the 3 categories, a registered youth or adult must earn 100 points.
  • Category I (40 points each)
  • Earn the Interpreter Strip
  • Earn the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge
  • Conduct an international project such as UNICEF, United Nations Day, etc.
  • Participate in a BSA event with a World Brotherhood theme such as Expo, Day Camp, Summer Camp or Camporee.
  • Visit a Cub Scout group or a Boy Scout group in another country.
  • Host a Scout or Scouter from another country.
  • Category II (20 points each)
  • Participate in Jamboree On The Air-Jamboree On The Internet, or similar Scouting program.
  • Participate in an international theme program at a troop or pack meeting.
  • Visit an international organization, embassy or World Bank and learn more about what they do.
  • Visit an international civic club and learn about their international activities.
  • Assist at an IVIS (International Visitors Information Service) booth at a train or bus station or at an airport.
  • Participate in the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouts Pen Pal Program.
  • Collect international Scout badges, pins or Scouts on Stamps and display at a troop, pack, or other Scout meeting.
  • Participate in a collection for ScoutingĀ¹s World Friendship Fund.
  • Earn the Cub Scout or Boy Scout World Conservation Award.
  • Category III (60 points each)
  • Attend/participate in a World Jamboree in another country or a BSA sponsored Scouting Tour in another country.
  • Cub Scouts only: be able to converse in a foreign language.

Council award requirements (example #2)

The International Activity Patch is awarded to youth and adult members who participate in International activities. The Council International Committee has defined this as:

  • Participate in a minimum of seven days of international events. This may be cumulative; participation does not have to be at one single event. (mainly for older scouts who travel internationally or host international Scouting visitors)
  • Participate in three, separate International Scouting events of at least one day's duration. (For Cubs, events like JOTA-JOTI, and Den supervised e-mail or snail mail pen-pal projects with non-USA units to qualify.)

Council award requirements (example #3)

In order to wear the International Activity emblem, a pack, den, post, crew, patrol, troop or individual must meet one of the following requirements:

1. Participate as a member of your unit or a contingent unit in an activity outside of the United States. This must have a minimum duration of three days and two nights.
2. Participate as a member of your unit or individually host a group or individual scout from another country during their visit to the United States. This must have a minimum duration of one day and night.
3. Participate in a camporee or scheduled event in which scouts of other nations are involved. This must have a minimum of three days and two nights.
4. Serve as a counselor in the European Camp Staff program.

For more information on the requirements in YOUR Council, contact your Council Service Center.

The above text provided courtesy of the U.S. Scouting Service Project.

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