This is the home page for the Michigan Crossroads Council’s International Committee on Scouting. It is where members of that committee, the International Scouting Committees of the four Field Service Councils, and committees planning Michigan Crossroads Council international events and activities share information.
Useful links for International Committee members:
MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL CAMPOREE
The Michigan International Camporee (MIC), which the Michigan Crossroads Council inherited from the Chief Okemos legacy council, is the largest council-run multinational camp in North America. Once every four years, Scouts, leaders, and staff members from 20 or more countries come to Michigan for a miniature World Jamboree.
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. Home Stay Week for MIC 2020 international contingents with Michigan host unit 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.
To learn how your troop or crew can participate or you can become a volunteer staff member, go to the Michigan International Camporee web site at http://micamporee.org/
JAMBOREE ON THE AIR
These events are always held on the 3rd full weekend in October. Michigan Crossroads Council units should start planning now for October 19, 20, and 21, 2018. For BSA information on JOTA, click here.
For World Scouting information on both JOTA and JOTI, click here.
JAMBOREE ON THE INTERNET
2019 WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE
A World Scout Jamboree is held once every four years. Youth participants are 14 but not yet 18 years old. The next World Scout Jamboree will be held in the United States in 2019. Click Here for More Information
INTERNATIONAL SPIRIT AWARD
International Department Boy Scouts of America has recently introduced the new BSA International Spirit Award. To see the requirements for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and adults and how to order the patches, click here.
TRAVEL TO CANADA AND INTERACT WITH CANADIAN SCOUTS
Michigan Crossroads Council units have the opportunity to do International Scouting on a weekend trip, traveling to Canada and interacting with Canadian Scouts. There are a number of International Camporees in Canada that Michigan units can participate in as well as Scouts Canada camps where you are very likely to encounter Canadian Scouts.
Michigan Crossroads Council packs, troops, and crews, have a unique opportunity to do Scouting in another country and meet another country’s Scouts by taking a day or weekend trip to Ontario. The information on this page will help you plan that trip.
Special Procedures when Planning a Scout Trip to Canada
Before taking a trip to Canada, a Michigan Crossroads Council pack, troop, or crew must file a TOUR AND ACTIVITY PLAN and prepare for Border Crossing Procedures and the possible need to use Health Insurance in Canada. Your first step in planning a trip to Canada should be to read the Michigan Crossroads Council’s information on TAKING BSA PACKS, TROOPS, AND CREWS TO CANADA.
Scouting in Canada
There are two Scout Associations in Canada that are members of WOSM (World Organization of the Scout Movement). The largest one and the one you will encounter in Ontario is Scouts Canada. The other WOSM member Scout Association in Canada is the French speaking Association Des Scouts du Canada with members mostly in Quebec.
Our Neighboring Scouts Canada Council
Our neighboring Scouts Canada Council across both Detroit-Windsor and Port Huron-Sarnia border crossings is the Tri-Shores Council. They welcome Michigan Crossroads Council units at their camps and activities. To learn more visit their web site..
Camporees and Other Events in Ontario
There are many regularly scheduled weekend international camporees in Ontario:
- Can-Am Camporee – Held in early May at Camp Attawandaron near Grand Bend, Ontario.
- Dorchester International Brotherhood Camporee – Held on Mothers Day weekend at Camp Bell near Dorchester, Ontario
- International Friendship Camporee – Spring Camporee near Belleville, Michigan – Fall Camporee near Amherstburg, Ontario
- Loyalist Area World Brotherhood Camporee – Held every September, in even years, in the US at Wellesley Island State Park in the Thousand Islands across from Clayton, NY, and in odd years in Canada at Riverside Cedar Provincial Park near Morrisburg, ON.
- Scope – Extended weekend exchange between Ontario Scouts and Pennsylvania Scouts
- Scout Brigade of Fort George – The third weekend in September each year at Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, reenacting the War of 1812. To see a 2014 BOYS LIFE magazine video about this event, link here.
- Sunset Area Winter Camp – Held every January at Harrison Park in Owen Sound, Ontario
- Tri-District – Rotated between Ontario, Quebec, and New York state
There is also a week-long international camp, The Great Lakes Jamboree, which is held every even numbered year at Camp Bel in Dorchester, near London, Ontario
Scouts Canada Camps in Ontario
There are many Scouts Canada camps in Southwestern Ontario that are ideal locations for weekend camps. For links to information about the different camps, click here. For a .pdf file containing information about all the camps, click here. For the online booking system, click here.
Camp Attawandaron is not far from the Port Huron-Sarnia bridge and very near Lake Huron. It borders Pinery Provincial Park on the western edge of the park. “Camp Attawandaron is located in the Carolinian Oak Savanna. It is one of the last true Oak Savannas in the world. The camp sits on a total of 77 hectares (190 acres). Our camp is bordered by highway 21, the Pinery, and both the Ausable River and the Ausable cut.” The camp has cabins and lodges as well as tent campsites. Possible program activities include hiking trails along the dunes, 16 canoes, a climbing wall, and snowshoes. If you link to the Pinery Provincial Park map you can see all the Lake Huron beaches which offer additional program opportunities.. Camp Attawandaron is the lighter green area just west of the park.
Many Michigan Scouts have used and recommend Camp Manitou near Campbellville, the Bruce Trail, and the Niagara Escarpment climbing areas, and Camp Wetaskiwin in St Catharines, not far from Niagara Falls.
The Niagara Escarpment west of Toronto offers outstanding opportunities for climbing and rappeling. “Some of the best climbing cliffs in Ontario are located at Conservation Halton parks that are known in climbing circles for terrific views and a wide variety of climbing levels.” Click here for information on climbing opportunities in Conservation Halton parks. Scouts Canada’s Central Escarpment Council offers a program named “On Rappel” at one of those parks, Rattlesnake Point. For “On Rappel” information, click here.
Haliburton Scout Reserve, the largest Scout camp in Canada, 5000 acres located 150 miles north of Toronto offers a unique opportunity for a different type of weeklong summer experience.
Other Camping Opportunities in Ontario
Troops and crew traveling to Ontario might also be interested in Ontario Parks, an excellent source of information on Ontario Parks which includes VR tours of Bon Echo and Killarney Provincial Parks and a downloadable canoeing map of Algonquin Provincial Park.
Scouts Canada Camps in other parts of Canada
For general information on Scout camps all across Canada, click here. For the .pdf SCOUTS CANADA CAMPS AND OUTDOOR PROGRAMS DIRECTORY, click here. For a searachable database of Scouts Canada camps, click here.
TRAVEL OVERSEAS WITH SCOUTS
Every summer, countries around the world hold National Jamborees and there are International Jamborees in England and Scotland. They all welcome international participants, especially contingents from the USA. The cost of taking a contingent of Boy Scouts and/or Venturers to another country can be surprisingly low. For more information on how you can plan an international trip for your troop or crew, Click here.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING OPPORTUNITIES
- Follow links to Learn about International Scouting
- Correspond with a Scout Pen Pal in another country. Scouts Australia has an International Pen-Pal Program with information on how Scouts from other countries can make contact with Australian Scouts.
- Be part of BSA Contingents to International Events
- Earn BSA badges that relate to International Scouting
- Visit other Council International Committees on the Web