Welcome to the Michigan International Camporee Homepage!
Registration for the 2016 Michigan International Camporee is now open for:
Michigan Crossroads Council host troops and crews
Patrols from BSA troops and crews in other councils
Patrols from Canadian troops and crews in Scouts Canada and Association des Scouts du Canada
Contingents from WOSM-affiliated Scout associations in countries outside the U.S. and Canada
Read the information below, then follow the link.
MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL CAMPOREE - The Michigan International Camporee (MIC) is a unique event in North America. It is an 8 day miniature world jamboree. Once every four years Scouts from all over the world travel to Michigan for two weeks of international fellowship and fun, the first week in home stays with Michigan Scout families and the second week camping together at MIC. Compared to some jamborees, an MIC is a relatively small event, with less than 1000 participants. That allows participants to get to know each other. However, over 1/3 of the youth participants at an MIC are from outside of North America. Participating Scouts and Venturers not only meet U.S. and Canadian Scouts. They meet and get to know Scouts from all over the world.
PAST MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL CAMPOREES - The first five MICs were run in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 by the Chief Okemos Council BSA at the council's Northwoods Scout Reservation. Scroll down to see the flags of countries that participated in past MICs and the years they participated.
2016 MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL CAMPOREE - The next Michigan International Camporee will be held from Sunday, July 24, to Sunday, July 31, 2016, with home stays for our international guests with Michigan Scout families the week before MIC 2016 will be part of the new Michigan Crossroads Council BSA (MCC) that was created by a merger of the Chief Okemos Council and 8 other councils. It will return to Northwoods Scout Reservation which is now an MCC camp. Contingent registration will begin in early September, 2014.
For: Contingents of Scouts and Venturers from all over the world. All youth participants must be registered members of WOSM Scout units and must be at least 12 years old or at least 11½ years old and have completed the sixth grade in school by July 24, 2016. U.S. Boy Scouts must be at least First Class by that date. Other participants must have similar camping experience. 11 and 12 year olds must be endorsed by adult leaders who will participate in the camporee. All youth participants must be under 18 years of age as of July 24, 2016.
Michigan Crossroad Council Troops and Crews - To participate in MIC 2016, Michigan Crossroad Council troops and crews must make a two week commitment. The week of July 17 to 24, 2014, their unit will host either one international contingent of 8 Scouts and 2 leaders or two international contingents totalling 16 Scouts and 4 leaders in their homes. Then the following week they will have a contingent of their Scouts, Venturers, and leaders equal in size to the contingent(s) they are hosting camp with their international guests as part of an MIC 2016 campsite troop. If individual MCC Scouts and Venturers whose troop or crew will not be an MIC 2016 host unit want to participate in MIC 2016, they must find an MIC 2016 host unit near them that is willing to include them in its contingent.
Troops and Crews from other BSA councils - There is a very limited number of spaces for patrols of 8 Scouts/Venturers and 2 adult leaders from other BSA councils. So that there will be the maximum number of states representted, there is a limit of one patrol per state. Returning out-of-council patrols have priority
Troops and Companies from Canada - .There is a very limited number of spaces for patrols of 8 Scouts/Venturers and 2 adult leaders from WOSM-affiliated Scout Associations in Canada.
Contingents of Scouts and leaders from Other Countries - We are pleased to invite contingents composed of one patrol of up to 8 Scouts, either mixed boys and girls or all boys, and 2 adults from any WOSM member country outside the United States and Canada to participate in the July 24 to 31, 2016, Michigan International Camporee and the preceding week of home stays with no camp fee. Each contingent will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Michigan and for some admissions costs during home stay week, personal expenses during their stay, and the cost of obtaining a U.S. visa if one is required, but the camp, including food and the use of tents and cooking equipment, is free. A contingent can send a second patrol of up to 8 Scouts and 2 leaders, but there will be a fee for the second patrol. There is a limit of two contingents per country. A contingent can be from an individual unit, a council, district, or region, or a national Scout association. All contingents must be approved by their country's WOSM International Commissioner.
Staff and International Service Team (IST): The MIC 2016 staff and International Service Team ill be composed entirely of volunteers, with a number of countries represented. U.S staff members must be endorsed by their councils. International Service Team members from other countries must be endorsed by their countries' WOSM International Commissioners.
Program: Swimming, rowing, canoeing, fishing, raft building, Scoutcraft, nature, archery, and rifle and shotgun shooting, along with games and challenge activities, special theme activities relating to Michigan history, and opportunities for our international guests to share songs, games, and other Scouting activities from their countries. There will be no badge work.
Camporee Fees: Camporee fees will be announced in the fall of 2014. There will be one fee, approximately U.S. $100 - $125, for U.S. and Canadian campsite troop leaders, all camporee staff members, both U.S. and international, and Scouts and leaders in an international contingent's second patrol. There will be a second, higher fee, approximately U.S. $300 - $325, for United States and Canadian Scouts and Venturers.
Let us know you are interested - If you are interested in becoming part of MIC 2016 as a contingent leader, a staff member, or a member of our planning team, please follow the link on the left to "Interest in MIC 2016, short survey" and complete the survey. That will get your information into our database and make you part of the MIC 2016 email list.
We look forward to seeing our international friends back in Michigan in 2016 and also having new-to-MIC countries represented.