The International Division of the Boy Scouts of America has introduced a new emblem that seeks to broaden knowledge of international Scouting and increase appreciation and awareness of different cultures and countries. Unlike its predecessor, the International Activity Badge, the standards for the International Spirit Award are uniformly set across all of the Councils in the BSA. The award may be earned by Scout and Scouter alike and is a great way to learn more about Scouting around the globe.
The NCAC International Committee has decided in its November 2012 meeting to immediately stop promoting the International Activity Badge, with its Council-set requirements.
NCAC Scouts and Scouters can begin earning the new International Spirit Award, with its National-set requirements; however, the Committee has voted to grandfather those who have already begun work on the International Activity Badge until December 2013 or until the International Activity Patch is no longer available, whichever occur first.
Check out the requirements for the International Spirit Award. To find out more about the NCAC International Committee, go to the International page of the NCAC website. Follow Scouting around the world through monthly International Newsletters.