International Conference at Philmont Training Center

Every two years, the International Department conducts a weeklong educational and training conference at the Philmont Training Center in New Mexico. The conference provides information and skills that will help participants develop and expand the international Scouting program in their local council and provides an opportunity for them to interact and learn from one another.

Every conference in the past has included international guests, including regional directors and other representatives from the World Organization of the Scout Movement, and presidents and chief executive officers of national associations. Course instructors for the conference are local council volunteers who have many years of experience in international Scouting. Topics of courses and VIP presentations from BSA representatives and international guests have included the following:

  • Overview of the World Organization of the Scout Movement
  • International Department
  • Council international representative
  • International Committee
  • Planning an international council event
  • Exchange programs and tours
  • World Friendship Fund
  • International Camp Staff program
  • European Camp Staff program

Any adult registered Scouter who desires to learn more about international Scouting and the operations of the International Department can attend this weeklong course. As with all Philmont training experiences, participation in the conference is extended by invitation. To receive an invitation, the local council (not the International Department) must submit the participant's name to the training center. Invitations are extended every two years during the summer.