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International Development Projects FAQs
What is an International Development Project (IDP)?
An International Development Project is a partnership between Scouts Canada and another National Scout Organization (NSO). The objective is to work together towards community development. This project can take the form of a construction project (like a hospital or a school), or a training project (like delivering FOCUS or Woodbadge Training). The result should always be working towards ending poverty and inequality in the world.
How do I get started?
First, you’ll want to find a number of people who will serve as the core of your team. Then, check out the International Development Project Request Form and Planning Your International Development Project guide, which will give you the basics. When you’re ready, you can start to fill out whatever information you have in the IDP Request Form.
The IDP Request Form is pretty big. How will I know all this information?
It’s important to remember that this form is really just a way to start a dialogue with the International Committee. We’re here to support you and your team to help you be successful. By filling out the form as completely as you can (with any information you can give us), we can help you to work towards filling out the rest. The hardest part is getting started. The rest, we can help you with. We’re at your service.
Where do we send the completed form?
You may email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to Scouts Canada’s International Commissioner at the National Office.
Does Scouts Canada have funding available for IDPs?
Yes, the Canadian Scout Brotherhood Fund, which was created directly after World War II to help rebuild scouting in Europe, is available to help cover the material costs of an IDP. Today, the Brotherhood Fund is maintained through money coming from the annual Scoutrees Campaign.
There are requirements for this funding however. Funding can only be granted where Scouts Canada’s youth will be directly involved in the completion of the project. Funds can only be used towards project materials, not transportation or program, or any other expenses. As well, when a group receives funding for their project, they will be required to complete a Final Report to share the story of their project with everyone.
My group doesn’t have a contact in another country. What can we do?
This is one of the ways the International Committee can help. We have the means and the network to contact every NSO in the world. By filling out your IDP Request Form, you can help us make a connection with another NSO.
How do we know what the project should be?
The most important characteristics of a good IDP are sustainability and relevance. Neither of these are possible without the input and guidance from the partner NSO. Remember, this is a partnership. By talking with the partner NSO and the local community, you’ll be able to better understand their priorities and together, you’ll be able to accomplish a sustainable and relevant project.
How do we raise the funds necessary for a project?
How creative are you? Sales, service, volunteer efforts, and soliciting donations are just a few of the possibilities. Be creative, and remember to follow Scouts Canada’s Bylaws, Policies and Procedures. Talk to you Group Commissioner to learn more about policies surrounding fundraising efforts.
There are a lot of things to do for a project like this. How do we know what needs to be done?
There are all sorts of resources, one of which is the Planning Your International Development Project guide. In this guide, you’ll find a checklist of things you’ll need to consider while doing your planning and preparations.
Where can we go for more information?
As soon as you’ve submitted your IDP Request Form, a member of the International Committee will be assigned to your project. This volunteer will be your key contact and your support throughout the entire planning and execution of you IDP. They are full of information and are ready to answer all your questions. You can also refer to the Planning Your International Development Project guide, and take our e-learning course. You could also refer to the Final Reports of a large number of past projects that Scouts Canada has completed over the last 20 years.