WELCOME TO THE MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL CAMPOREE!
The Michigan International Camporee (MIC) is the largest council-run multinational Scout activity in North America. Once every four years, contingents of Scouts and leaders and volunteer staff members from more than 20 countries come to Michigan for a week of home stays with Michigan Scout families and then a week camping together with Scouts, leaders, and staff members from Michigan and from other U.S. states in a miniature World Scout Jamboree. Scroll down to see the countries that participated in the first 6 MICs, their flags, and the years they participated. Link here for a .pdf file showing the countries, the years, and their flags.
All youth participants in a Michigan International Camporee become part of international troops and international patrols. Each MIC campsite troop is composed of 16 youth and 4 adults from Michigan Crossroads Council host unit(s), 16 youth and 4 adults from contingent(s) from outside the U.S. and Canada, and 8 youth and 2 adults from a contingent from another state or a province of Canada. These campsite troops are divided into 4 campsite patrols, each containing 4 host unit youth, 4 international contingent youth, and 2 out-of-state/Canadian youth. These international troops and international patrols provide a unique experience that is not available anywhere else.
The next Michigan International Camporee will be held from July 19 to July 26, 2020, at Rota-Kiwan Scout Reservation, 6278 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009. Home Stay Week for MIC 2020 international contingents with Michigan Scout families will be July 11/12 to July 19, 2020. MIC 2016 international contingent leaders from Canada, Curacao, Ghana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Libya, Mexico (Queretaro), Mexico (Tabasco), Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom (Cumbria), and United Kingdom (Essex) have already made commitments to return with contingents in 2020.
Are you interested in learning more about how:
- A Michigan Crossroads Council troop or crew can become an MIC 2020 host unit?
- A BSA troop or crew in another state can form a patrol to represent their state at MIC 2020?
- A Canadian Scout troop or Venturing company can form a patrol to represent their province at MIC 2020?
- Someone registered with the BSA can become part of the MIC 2020 all-volunteer staff?
- Someone registered with a WOSM-affiliated Scout Association in another country can become part of the MIC 2020 International Service Team (IST)?
If you are, follow this link to the MIC 2020 home page, read the Qualifications to Participate in the 2020 Michigan International Camporee, and then continue down to a link to a form you can complete to became part of an MIC 2020 email list.
The most recent Michigan International Camporee took place in the summer of 2016 with 25 countries represented. To see photos and videos of MIC 2016 and download the MIC 2016 Looney Times daily newspapers, link at "MIC 2016."
The first Michigan International Camporees were run by the Chief Okemos Council BSA. In 2012, the Chief Okemos Council joined six other Michigan councils in merging to form the Michigan Crossroads Council BSA. Since that merger, the Michigan International Camporee has been run by the Michigan Crossroads Council.
For opportunties for Michigan troops and crews to interact with Scouts from other countries, link here to the International Scouting section of the Michigan Crossroads Council web site.
Link at "Planning for the Future" to see how you can become involved in planning and organizing the 2020 Michigan International Camporee.
The Michigan International Camporee has been featured in Boy's Life and American Scouting Digest Magazines
The Michigan Internatinonal Camporee has been recognized by the Governor of Michigan for promoting International Friendships and World Peace!