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Thinking of going abroad

You may be considering taking a group of young people abroad, but are unsure of exactly what is involved in organising a trip.

Why are you thinking of going abroad? Before planning your trip you need to be clear of the purpose of your visit. What will the group gain from the experience?How can you involve your young people in the planning of the trip?

Visits Abroad with Scouting

Going abroad with Scouting is often a lot easier than people think.

POR Rule 9.64 covers going on a Visit’s Abroad with Scouting and outlines a process to follow which applies to both trips with young people and adult only trips through Scouting.

There are lots of people with international Scouting experience to guide and support you on your journey if you have any concerns of questions.

If you are planning a trip for Beavers and Cubs then FS103832 Colony and Pack Visits Abroad has a lot of helpful information that will aid with the planning.

These include: 

ACCI (or Equivalent) supports you through your visit abroad process, ensuring you have everything in place and making sure it gets approved by the relevant Commissioner. They can also notify Scouts in your host country that you’ll be arriving and issue you with a letter of introduction.

Headquarters: receive your visit abroad form from your ACCI after it has been approved by the relevant Commissioner. This ensures headquarters know where UK Scouts are in the world and can offer support and assistance if needed.

Relevant Commissioner: approves your visit abroad, confirming that it is planned in line with TSA rules and guidance.

International opportunities is a list of international Scout camps, events and expeditions happening all over the world which you could consider taking a group of young people to. This is updated bi-monthly.

What to do next?

Step 1: Download the Visit Abroad Pack. It contains the rule, process, form and some top tips to get you started.

Step 2: Submit Part A of your Visit Abroad form to your ACCI (or Equivalent), as soon as you’ve decided on the basic details: Where, When and Who is going. The definite numbers and dates can be confirmed in Part B.

Step 3: Plan your trip with support from your ACCI (or Equivalent), DC, other volunteers where relevant.

Step 4: Submit your Visit Abroad form with Part B completed to your ACCI (or equivalent). This will confirm all the details of your trip including your programme, relevant risk assessments and details about your In Touch process. Your ACCI (or Equivalent),  and relevant approving Commissioner will assess your visit and give approval for the visit to go ahead as planned or offer more support to ensure it’s a valuable and safe trip.

*Don’t know who your ACCI (or Equivalent) is? Contact the Scout Information Centre to find out.

Who does what:

ACCI (or Equivalent),: supports you through your visit abroad process, ensuring you have everything in place and making sure it gets approved by the relevant Commissioner. They can also notify Scouts in your host country that you’ll be arriving and issue you with a letter of introduction.

Headquarters: receive your visit abroad form from your ACCI after it has been approved by the relevant Commissioner. This ensures they know where UK Scouts are in the world and can offer support and assistance where needed.

Relevant Commissioner: approves your visit abroad, confirming that it is planned in line with TSA rules and guidance.

Globe Trekker

Globe Trekker is an interactive trip and expedition planning tool. Users have the ability to leave reports of their visits to help and inspire others.

Each country has an information box containing general information, useful links and access to submitted reports.

With reports from China to Canada, Nepal to the Netherlands, Globe Trekker is full of advice and guidance to help you plan your next scout trip overseas.

Globe Trekker

Reviewed: 04/10/2016

 

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