Scouting Safely Resources

We want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees is an important part of the Scouting experience. Youth develop traits of citizenship, character, fitness, and leadership during age-appropriate events when challenged to move beyond their normal comfort level, and discover their abilities. This is appropriate when risks are identified and mitigated.

The Scouting program, as contained in our handbooks and literature, integrates many safety features. However, no policy or procedure will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and leaders at the point of program execution.

Commit yourself to creating a safe and healthy environment by:
  • Knowing and executing the BSA program as contained in our publications
  • Planning tours, activities, and events with vigilance using the tools provided
  • Setting the example for safe behavior and equipment use during program
  • Engaging and educating all participants in discussions about hazards and risks
  • Reporting incidents in a timely manner

Thank you for being part of the Scouting movement and creating an exciting and safe experience for every participant.

Scouting Safely Resources

Scouting Safety Moments


Nationally Accredited Camp – Camp Rotary

Congratulations to Andrew Wright and the Camp Rotary Staff on achieving their NCAP accreditation.  Andrew and his team did an awesome job and are off to great start to the summer!

Special thanks to NCAP Team Leader Jeff Neal and the SS FSC visitation team for their dedicated effort in helping to make sure our camps provide an awesome summer camp experience for our campers!


Nationally Accredited Camp – Cole Canoe Base

Congratulations to Gus Chutorash and the Cole Canoe Base Staff on achieving their NCAP accreditation [Boy Scout Resident & High Adventure].  Gus and his team did an awesome job and are off to great summer!

Special thanks to NCAP Team Leaders Jay Sherwood and Dick Hewitt and the SS FSC visitation team for their dedicated effort in helping to make sure our camps provide an awesome summer camp experience for our campers!


Nationally Accredited Camp – Gerber Scout Reservation

Congratulations to Reservation Director Ryan Kriesch, Scouts BSA Camp Director Joe Singerling, Cub Scout Camp Director Andrew Brown and the Gerber Scouts BSA and Cub Scout Resident staffs on achieving their NCAP accreditation [Scouts BSA & Cub Scout Resident].  Ryan and his team did an awesome job and are off to great summer!

Special thanks to NCAP Team Leader Eric Sansburn and the WW FSC visitation team for their dedicated effort in helping to make sure our camps provide an awesome summer camp experience for our campers!


Summit 2020 High Adventure

Looking for High Adventure Opportunities for your Scouts?  Then check out the Summit 2020 Council Contingent information here.


The Adventure Plan (TAP) Resource

The Adventure Plan (TAP) is a tool to guide unit leaders—Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts— through all stages of Adventure planning.

Outdoor adventure is a key element of youth development in the Boy Scouts of America programs. Just as young people grow, learn and mature in a continuing progression of experience so, too, do the camping and outdoor programs of the BSA. The BSA offers a continuum of experiences based on the age, interest and ability level of youth, and also offers recognition awards for all levels of Scouting outdoor Adventures.


The ABC’s about the Annual Health & Medical Record

From the Annual Health and Medial Record website, a pre-participation physical is needed for resident campers (at summer or winter camps) and for Scouts and adult leaders attending events that last 72 hours or more.

Why is an Annual Health and Medical Record required?

Since at least the 1930s, the BSA has required the use of standardized health and medical information. The Annual Health and Medical Record …

  • Promotes health awareness
  • Collects necessary data
  • Provides medical professionals with critical information needed to treat a patient in the event of an illness or injury
  • Supplies emergency contact information
  • Prepares participants for high-adventure activities and increased physical activity
  • Reviews participants’ readiness for gatherings like the national Scout jamboree and other specialized activities
  • Enables councils to operate day and resident camps in a way that adheres to state and BSA requirements
  • Standardizes medical records in a way that can be used by members in all 50 states

Which are the different parts of the Annual Health and Medical Record?

The Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR) comes in three parts:

  • Part A is an informed consent, release agreement and authorization that needs to be signed by every participant (or a parent and/or legal guardian for all youth under 18).
  • Part B is general information and a health history.
  • Part C is your pre-participation physical certification completed by a certified and licensed physician.


Summer Camp 2019

Summer camp is just around the corner.  It’s not too early to start thinking about your summer plans and adventures.  The Michigan Crossroads Council offers a variety of summer camp opportunities for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venturers.

2019 Summer Camp opportunities:
Cub Scout Day Camp
Cub Scout Resident Camp
Webelos Resident Camp
Scouts BSA Camp
High Adventure – Cole Canoe Base
High Adventure – BSA National Bases


FREE Cub Scout Camp Placemats

It may be winter time — but it’s time to start thinking about summer and all the adventures ahead this summer for your Cub Scouts and families.  Order the 2019 Cub Scout Camp placemats to help you promote all of the fun and adventure that the Michigan Crossroads Council camps have in store for you.

Order Placemats Here


KAPVIK Pilot Program

The Kapvik pilot program is an official Northern Tier program aimed at bringing world class winter camping opportunities to more scouts than ever before. Kapvik will be held at Gerber Scout Reservation and Owasippe Scout Reservation near Muskegon Michigan over four weekends including:

Holiday Stay Dec 27, 2018 – Jan 1, 2019
Session 1 Jan 3-7, 2019
Cold Weather Leader Training Jan 10-15, 2019
Session 2 Jan 18-21, 2019