Direct Service


This subcommittee of the International Committee offers the Scouting program to U.S. citizens and their dependents who live in countries that are outside the jurisdiction of the Transatlantic Council (headquartered in Germany, serving U.S. Scouts in most of Europe) and the Far East Council (headquartered in Japan, serving U.S. Scouts in several Far East nations).


Direct Service is administered by the International Department of the Boy Scouts of America at the national office in Irving, Texas. It provides such services as processing registration and magazine subscriptions, maintaining records, approving advancements, processing supply orders, organizing national and world jamboree participation, operating an Order of the Arrow lodge, and providing information and program resources. Direct Service serves Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, and Lone Scouts in 45 countries on five continents. The chartered organizations of Direct Service include American schools and religious organizations, international schools, military groups, U.S. embassies, multinational corporations, parents' groups, and fraternal organizations. The following are the 45 countries served by Direct Service:

  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
  • Panama
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Senegal
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam