Michigan International Camporee
Where Scouts of the World Come Together
MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL CAMPOREE - The Michigan International Camporee (MIC), hosted by the Michigan Crossroads Council BSA, is a unique event in North America. Once every four years, contingents of Scouts from more than 20 countries all over the world travel to Michigan for two weeks of international friendship, fellowship, and fun. The first week is spent 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.
MIC 2016 WILL BE A TWO WEEK EXPERIENCE
Week 1 - July 15/17 to 24, 2016 - Michigan troops and crews will host international contingents of Scouts and leaders in their homes. Some of that week will be spent in activities that all MIC host units and international contingents participate in, some of it will be spent in activities planned by individual host units, and some of it will involve giving international Scouts and leaders an opportunity to experience life in Michigan, playing games, visiting shopping centers, and participating in family activities.
Week 2 - July 24 to 31, 2016 - Contingents from these MCC troops and crews, the international contingents they host, and patrols from other states and provinces of Canada will camp together at Northwoods Scout Reservation northeast of West Branch in a miniature World Jamboree participating in fun waterfront, shooting sport, handicraft, and similar activities, some run by staff from other countries, and getting to know each other
Applications for the 2016 Michigan International Camporee are now open except where noted for:
- Michigan Crossroads Council host troops and crews
- Patrols from BSA troops and crews in other councils - Applications are now closed for BSA troops and crews from other councils. All available spaces have been filled by current applicants.
- Patrols from Canadian troops and companies in Scouts Canada and Association des Scouts du Canada
- Contingents from WOSM-affiliated Scout associations in countries outside the U.S. and Canada
- Members of the MIC 2016 staff from the United States (You do not need to spend the week at Northwoods to be an MIC 2016 staff member.)
- Members of the Internatinal Service Team (IST) = MIC 2016 staff from countries other than the U.S.
To submit an application to have a contingent be part of MIC 2016 or become an MIC 2016 Staff or IST member, read the information below, then follow the appropriate link at the bottom.
For a list of contingents that have already submitted online applications and a flyer and video aimed at Michigan Crossroads Council units and volunteeers, follow this link or link on the left at "MIC 2016 News."
The 2016 Michigan International Camporee is approved by International Department, Boy Scouts of America and is on the International Events List of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).
Want to know what is a Michigan International Camporee is like? Watch this video from MIC 2012.
AGE AND RANK REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUTH PARTICIPANTS - 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, 2015.
PAIRING OF INTERNATIONAL CONTINGENTS WITH MICHIGAN HOST TROOPS AND CREWS - A key part of the MIC experience is the pairing of each international patrol with a Michigan host troop or crew. The 8 Scouts and 2 leaders of the international patrol spend the week before MIC in home stays with Scout families of their Michigan host unit. At MIC, each international patrol and a patrol of 8 Scouts/Venturers and 2 leaders from their host unit become part of a campsite troop that consists of 16 Scouts and 4 leaders from international contingents, 16 Scouts and 4 leaders from their Michigan host unit(s), and a contingent of 8 Scouts and 2 leaders from some other U.S. state or from Canada. This composition of MIC campsite troops results in 40% of the youth participants in an MIC being from outside of the U.S. and Canada, a much higher % than at any other Scout event in the U.S. or Canada except a World Scout Jamboree or World Scout Moot. The number of campsite troops at an MIC is limited. If you are interested in leading a contingent to MIC 2016, it is important to get your online applications in as soon as possible.
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.
RETURN VISITS ARE POSSIBLE - Since the first MIC, Michigan Scouts have paid return visits to MIC contingents in Austria, Curacao, Denmark, England, Hungary, Ireland, Slovakia, Switzerland , and Trinidad & Tobago. For an article in IRISH SCOUTING magazine on a 2013 return visit, click here.
WE ENCOURAGE CONTINGENT APPLICATIONS FROM:
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 16/17 to 24, 2016, 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 represented, there is a limit of one patrol per state. Returning out-of-council patrols have priority Applications are now closed for BSA troops and crews from other councils. All available spaces have been filled by current applicants.
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. While the camp, including food and the use of tents and cooking equipment, is free, 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. A contingent that had at least one full patrol of 8 Scouts and 2 leaders participate in MIC 2008 or MIC 2012 can apply to send a second patrol of up to 8 Scouts and 2 leaders, but there will be a fee for the second patrol. So that we can have the maximum number of countries represented at MIC 2016, there is a limit of one contingent 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): An MIC is planned and run by volunteers from Michigan, from other states, and from other countries. The term International Service Team (IST) is used for MIC volunteer staff members from other countries. Our last MIC in 2012 had 51 IST members from 16 countries outside the U.S. and Canada.
Many U.S. staff positions and all IST positions require spending the nine days, Saturday, July 23, to Sunday, July 31, at MIC 2016. However, some U.S. staff positions that are very important to the success of MIC 2016 do not require spending any time at MIC. U.S staff members must be endorsed by their BSA councils. International Service Team members from other countries must be endorsed by their countries' WOSM International Commissioners. You are encouraged to follow the link below to learn more about becoming a member of our MIC 2012 staff or IST and submitting an application.
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.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL DAY/VISITORS DAY/CUB SCOUT DAY - Saturday, July 30, from 11 AM to 4 PM, the Northwoods Parade Ground will become an International Festival. Each contingent will have a booth with a display about Scouting in their country. Most will have food samples that they have prepared in their campsites. There will be performances by international contingents throughout the day. There will be special Cub Scout activities relating to international Scouting. MIC 2016 will be closed to visitors the rest of the week. Put our Visitors Day on your calendar now and watch for details later. Follow this link to learn more and see photos from past International Festival Days.
2016 MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL CAMPOREE FEES: The final Camporee fee schedule will be announced in the spring of 2015. For initial planning purposes only, the fee for United States and Canadian Scouts and Venturers will be approximately US $300. The fee 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 wll be approximately US $125. There will be a Visitors Day fee that will be announced later. Fees are subject to final approval by the MIC Executive Committee and the Michigan Crossroads Council.
LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION AND ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR:
- Michigan Crossroads Council troops and crews.
- Out-of-State Patrols. Applications are now closed for BSA troops and crews from other councils. All available spaces have been filled by current applicants.
- Canadian Patrols
- International Contingents
- Staff Positions for U.S. Residents and for Residents of Other Countries