Global Programme

The international aspect of Scouting is an important and exciting part of our programme.

Young people taking part in global programme activities should:

  • Gain a sense of inclusion within the worldwide family of Scouting
  • Increase their awareness of the wider natural and man-made world
  • Respond positively to international issues

Here’s an example of an evening’s activities that raises global awareness and the impact a natural disaster has had on a nation – please feel free to amend to suit your needs.

There are a huge amount of resources available to help leaders to deliver global programme and many great activities can be found on Programmes Online. Here are just a few selected activities to get you started, provided by some of our partner organisations…

  • Shelterbox provide emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. Take a look at the Young Shelterbox activities designed specifically for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers at Programmes Online
  • Bookbridge set up learning centres as social businesses in rural areas of developing countries, bringing quality education to people in need. To help young people understand why we encourage them to donate their old books there are a number of programme ideas available on Programmes Online. Just search ‘bookbridge’ in the activity search.
  • Towards the end of 2018 WOSM, our world organisation, announced its mobilisation of Scouts worldwide for the Sustainable Development Goals.  Scouts Scotland have developed some great resources to help groups explore the SDGs and identify ways we can all take action.


You might also want to think about running a Fair Trade themed meeting with your section.  Download activity ideas: Fairtrade activities.

There are a number of Scouting badges and awards which relate to international and global issues. Find out more.

Scouts Against Malaria

Scouts Against Malaria is a brand new multi-county initiative to raise money to purchase insecticide impregnated malaria nets for distribution in Africa.

Young people and leaders can take part in the UK challenge badge scheme, including raising just a few pounds each. They will learn about this important global issue, about Scouting in another country, and be providing mosquito nets for distribution by African Scouts, who will be trained to educate the local population in the correct use of the nets.

Full details including programme ideas are available at

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls