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.
There are many ways to discover the world of Scouting outside your meeting hall. Sections and Groups may participate in a Pen Pal program with other Scouting youth from another country or participate in an International Exchange. Through Scouting, youth learn what values they have in common with others around the world and learn firsthand the amazing similarities and differences that all people share, and the qualities that keep global Scouting youth connected.
Beyond the Pen Pal program and Exchanges, Scouting youth also have the opportunity to participate in International Development Projects (IDP) as well as International Volunteering opportunities. Here youth experience another country and culture and begin to better understand their place in the world. There’s also the opportunity to host international partners and help youth from abroad experience Scouting in Canada.