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USA-Mexico Cross-Border Scouting Activity Patch

USA-Mexico cross-border Activities Award

The USA-Mexico Cross-Border Scouting Patch was proposed and designed by Dr. Roger Kingston, Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 782 and Unit Commissioner, Tecolote District, Desert Pacific Council in 1991 to recognize Boy Scouts from our Council who cross into neighboring Mexico and participate in Scouting activities there, and to recognize Scouts from Mexico who cross into the USA and participate in Scouting activities in our Council.

Scouts and Scouters can earn a central patch and four separate arc segments for participating in four types of Scouting activities in the neighboring country. The patch and arc segments are available to San Diego-Imperial Council Scouts and adult Scouters who participate in activities in Baja California Mexico and to Mexican Scouts (Exploradores) and adult leaders who participate in activities in San Diego-Imperial Council. The central patch and one arc segment may be earned for the first cross-border Scouting activity. The remaining arcs may be earned by participating in those specific Scouting activities on subsequent trips across the border for Scouting purposes. Only one arc segment may be earned per visit.


CENTRAL PATCH - REQUIREMENTS FOR SDIC SCOUTS AND SCOUTERS
  1. Participate in any Scouting activity lasting at least 8 hours in Baja California Mexico.
  2. Complete and file a BSA Tour Plan.
  3. Obtain written parental permission for each Scout traveling across the International Border.
  4. All vehicles must be covered by Mexican automobile insurance.
  5. At least one adult leader must be able to communicate effectively in Spanish.
  6. Study the Outdoor Code and discuss how it applies to travel in Mexico.

CENTRAL PATCH - REQUIREMENTS FOR MEXICAN SCOUTS AND SCOUTERS
  1. Participate in any Scouting activity lasting at least 8 hours in San Diego-Imperial Council.
  2. Obtain permission from local Scouting authorities.
  3. Obtain written parental permission for each Scout traveling across the International Border.
  4. At least one adult leader must be able to communicate effectively In English.
  5. Study the Outdoor Code and discuss how it applies to travel in the United States of America.
CAMPING ARC - Requirements for Mexican Scouts are shown in parentheses.
  1. Camp overnight in Baja California Mexico (in San Diego-Imperial Council).
  2. Complete at least 1 hour of public service, such as beach or camp cleanup.
  3. Be able to show on a map where you camped and how you traveled to and from the activity.
BACKPACKING ARC - Requirements for Mexican Scouts are shown in parentheses.
  1. Backpack at least five miles on a trail in Baja California Mexico (in San Diego-Imperial Council).
  2. Camp at least one night along the trail.
  3. Complete at least 1 hour of public service, such as beach or campsite cleanup.
  4. Report on the terrain covered and the similarities and differences between this area and your home area.
TOURING ARC - Requirements for Mexican Scouts are shown in parentheses.
  1. Travel at least 150 miles within Baja California Mexico (within California USA) in different locations.
  2. Spend at least two nights in Mexico (in the USA) in different locations along the way.
  3. Report on the trip at a Troop meeting using maps and other visual aids.
FRIENDSHIP ARC
  1. Organize and complete an activity of at least four hours spent with a youth group from the neighboring country. Examples of youth groups include Boy Scouts, School Exchanges, Church Youth Groups, and Service Club Youth Exchanges.
  2. Both "Host" and "Visitor" Scouts are eligible.
  3. Write a group report on this activity for your troop records.

 

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