Support for Visits Abroad
Are you planning an exciting overseas adventure this summer? Graham Carrington, from our International Support Team, offers some guidance on the processes and planning of a trip overseas with young people.
A Visit Abroad is an incredible opportunity and for many people, it can be the highlight of their Scouting life.
Due to the added complexity and distance involved in a visit abroad, it’s especially important that Scout Leaders make sure their trip is compliant with UK Scout Association Rules, which includes making sure the correct paperwork is completed.
A Visits Abroad (VA) form must be completed for every trip outside of the UK by those representing the Scout Association. This includes adult-only trips, recce trips, solo trips and trips with young people.
Sources of support
To help support leaders running visits abroad there are a number of resources available to leaders:
Your Regional Advisor (International)
This person is someone you need to contact - they will support you throughout your planning process and will be responsible for signing off your trip. These people are very knowledgeable and here to help you and your young people have a safe and enjoyable trip.
Visit Abroad Process Support Document
This “how - to” guide has been put together by the Scouts Scotland International Support team, it provides an outline of the areas you will need to consider, help you to research your ideas and start planning a visit abroad.
Scouts Scotland International Support team
This team come under Scotland’s International Commissioner (Craig Gibson) and an important part of their work is to support visits abroad. All members are very experienced and have an extensive bank of contacts to assist them in answering even the trickiest of enquiries. Certain members of the team have specialist knowledge and can be contacted about the following;
- Explorer Belts: Mark Gallacher, firstname.lastname@example.org
- International Community Projects: Martin Gray, email@example.com
- All other queries: Graham Carrington, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visits Abroad Training
Throughout the year Scouts Scotland runs visits abroad training. This is for leaders who are experienced, leaders new to visits abroad and District Commissioners who want to support visits abroad. They normally take place at Fordell Firs but if you would like to attend training closer to home, get in touch with the team.