International Friendship Badge

  • The badge will be awarded in duplicate- one for the Scout and one for his/her International friend

  • The Badge will be worn in the sash with the Better World Network Badges

  • The International Friendship badge can be worn on the uniform till such time the friendship lasts

  • A new international friendships can be substituted to the old one and the badge holder can keep wearing the badge earned on an earlier friendship

  • Friendship levels & behavior expectations have been based on the friendship pyramid adapted from the book 'Socially curious and curiously social' by Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pam Crooke, copyright 2011 Think Social Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • This badge is available for both Junior and Senior Scout sections with different syllabuses to achieve. This page is dedicated for the Junior Scout's section

  • The badge (size is 7cm in circumference; same as all the Better World Framework Badges.)

  1. Start a friendship with a Scout abroad

  2. Communicate with the Scout regularly - this could be done via telephone, e-mail, WhatsApp, IMO, Viber or such messengers & voice over IP applications

  3. Keep a log on your activities (Screenshots if connected via digitally), the badge examining authority recommends to demonstrate use of video calls with your friend in-front of the badge examiner.

Criteria for winning the badge

The testing authority is the ADC international

Junior Scout

Senior Scout

(Membership badge mandatory)

(Scout Award mandatory)

Friendship for 3 months as follows:

Connect 6 times in 3 months =3

Can score maximum 6 for 12 contacts

Know your friend socially = 1

Know the likes and dislikes =1

Share school related material =1

Connect with text chat = 1

Basic foreign language dialogue = 2

Fluent foreign language dialogue = 3

Demonstrate friendship benefits = 3

Maintain Friendship log(e-book) = 3

Friendship for 3 months as follows:

Connect 12 times in 6 months =6

Can score maximum 12 for 24 contacts

Know your friend's family = 2

Know lots of details of friend =2

Connect with text chat = 2

Basic foreign language dialogue = 4

Fluent foreign language dialogue = 6

Exchange experiences = 4

Exchange photos = 4

Share celebrations =4

Maintain Friendship log(e-book) = 3

10/18 points needed for Badge award

20/40 points needed for Badge Award

Junior Scouts

(Membership Badge should be completed to start on the International Friendship Badge)

Friendship for 3 months as follows:

  • Connect 6 times over 3 months = 3 points

  • Can Score maximum 6 points for 12 contacts

  • Know your friends socially = 1 point

  • Know the likes and dislikes = 1 point

  • Share school related material = 1 point

  • Connect with text chat = 1 point

  • Basic foreign language dialogue = 2 points

  • Fluent foreign language dialogue = 3 points

  • Demonstrate friendship benefits = 3 points

  • Maintain Friendship log (E/Book) = 3 points

10/18 points needed for Badge award

Sample Report

The following are the details to be included in a report to complete and achieve the international friendship badge.

Personal details

The badge report should contain general information about you. Here is a list of mandatory fields recommended by the badge examining authority.

  • Name - Full name

  • Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY)

  • Address

  • Scout Registration number

  • School

  • Scout Group - 39th Colombo Scout Group

  • Scout Section - Junior

  • Contact number

  • Email address

Details of the International friend(s)

The badge report should contain information about your international friend(s). Each friend should consist a separate table.

It is very important that you ask to share pictures, list personal details and get their consent before you include those in your report.

You must specify who has access to your report data (Whether it resides with you or you handover to another authority) and what you are planning to do with the information or content.

This consent must be obtained by the Scout himself/herself or from a parent/carer to process the data of a young person

  • Portrait or Pictures of your international friend(s) : You may include photos of your international friend(s) or other pictures your friend(s) share, only with his/her/their consent.

  • Proof of Chats and Calls : You may include screenshots or logs of your chats, calls and any other type of media used for communication in your report as the proof of your friendship with his/her/their consent.

  • Other information : You may include other information as per your requirements (Scout Group, hobbies, family details, etc) with his/her/their consent.

Aids to Friendship

  • There is an extensive section on friendship, how to build friendship, who are bad friends, what to do when a friendship goes bad in the 'Safe from Harm Training Manual of SLSA'

  • Possible topics for discussion with friends such as their hometown, where they grew - up, school life, activities they love, sports they play and love, home and chores, cultural highlights, family & friends, favourite dishes & food, religious festivals and accomplishments.

  • Friends will be encourages to teach each other their own favourite games/ songs/ activities; with the help of their parents, they can even exchange easy recipes from each nation involved with their friends. It is expected that these mutual exchange of ideas will be taught to their own troops.

  • SLSA plans to have it's own friendship Bank in the near future. After that initiation scouts can obtain contacts for their communication and the achievement of their badge.

  • Scouts and Rovers also can contact friends formed from International World Scout jamborees, Jota joti, etc.

  • will function as the resource for the international Friendship Programme and Badge

After the completion of the report, it should be sent to ADC-international / Colombo district, Carbon Copying to the e-mail of the District Commissioner of the Colombo district as given below.

For further information;

ADC International - Mr. Rohitha Steinwall,

Colombo district branch,

Sri Lanka Scout Association.

E-mail -

Phone - +94 77 517 1222

The updated information was extracted by the report submitted by the CSYAG and credits goes to the respective owners.

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