Each Michigan International Camporee (MIC) is staffed by over 350 volunteer scouters from throughout the world.  We volunteer because we know we are helping to make the world a better place by creating international friendships through scouting.  Because we volunteer our time and talents we are able to keep the cost of MIC low enough that international scouts can afford to come to Michigan.  There is a volunteer job for everyone who is willing to help.  Some jobs require attendance at Rota-Kiwan, but there are jobs for those unable to attend camp. 


Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.  You don't have to have a college degree to serve.  You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace, a soul full of love.  Martin Luther King Jr.


 

Consider being a member of the MIC 2020 volunteer staff if...

  • You enjoy serving youth
  • You want to create cross cultural friendships through scouting
  • You have a talent to share
  • You have a servant's heart

 An amateur is someone who does something for the love of it.  A love, a true love of what you're doing results in real competency and real intimacy.   Max DePree


 

To see videos from prior MIC Volunteer Staff please click here.
 To see Position Descriptions of 2020 Michigan International Camporee Jobs click here

 Please link to the appropriate section:

  1. INFORMATION ON SERVING ON THE MIC 2020 STAFF FOR U.S. RESIDENTS (Must be registered with the BSA at the time of MIC 2020)
  2. INFORMATION ON SERVING ON THE MIC 2020 STAFF FOR RESIDENTS OF OTHER COUNTRIES (Must be registered with a WOSM-affiliated National Scout Organization at the time of application and at the time of MIC 2020)

SERVING ON THE MIC STAFF - US RESIDENTS 

Volunteers from Michigan and from other parts of the U.S. who will be 18 or older on July 19, 2020, are invited to submit online applications to become part of the 2020 Michigan International Camporee staff.   BSA Scouts and Venturers who will be 16 or older but not yet 18 on July 19, 2020, and have special skills in areas such as shooting sports and waterfront may also submit applications.

There are several ways you can serve on the MIC 2020 staff:

  1. You can serve in a staff position that requires that you spend most or all of the nine-day period July 18 to 26, 2020, at Rota-Kiwan
  2. You can serve in a staff position that is an important part of planning and organizing MIC 2020 but does not require that you be at Rota-Kiwan during MIC 2020.It is possible to serve in both a MIC Planning and Organizing position in this category and a position in the first category that requires that you be at Rota-Kiwan during MIC 2020.  If you are interested in serving in both types of position, please submit both types of applications.
  3. You can serve in a staff position that requires that you spend one day, Sunday, July 19, check-in day, or Saturday, July 25, Visitors Day, at Rota-Kiwan.

Applications for the first two types of staff positions are open now.  Please follow the appropriate link to reach information and a link to the online application form for each type of position:  Applications for one day staff positions will open in the middle of 2019 after we have assessed the need.


I A. Serving in a staff position that requires that you spend most or all of the nine-day period July 18 to 26, 2020, at Rota-Kiwan

I B. Serving in a staff position that does not require that you be at Rota-Kiwan during MIC 2020.  


I A. U.S. resident interested in serving in an MIC 2020 staff position that requires that you spend most or all of the nine-day period July 18 to 26, 2020, at Rota-Kiwan

If you do not live in the United States, you are in the wrong section.  Please follow this link: Staff positions for Residentsof other countries

STAFF AGE REQUIREMENTS- Volunteers from Michigan and from other parts of the U.S. who will be 18 or older on July 19, 2020, are invited to submit online applications to become part of the 2020 Michigan International Camporee staff.   BSA Scouts and Venturers who will be 16 or older but not yet 18 on July 19, 2020, and have special skills in areas such as shooting sports and waterfront may also submit applications.

BSA REGISTRATION REQUIRED - All MIC 2020 U.S. staff members who will spend the week of MIC at Rota-Kiwan must be registered in good standing with the Boy Scouts of America

POSITIONS ON THE MIC 2020 STAFF - Each MIC 2020 onsite staff member will be assigned a specific MIC staff position and will be expected to perform the duties of that position. There are no openings at a Michigan International Camporee for staff members who are "participants" or “observers.”  

MIC 2020 needs at least two-deep leadership in key staff areas.  A check in an "organize and lead" box indicates that you would like to be part of that leadership team.  

Staff positions at Rota-Kiwan for U.S. residents include

  • Overall Organization, Planning, and Leadership of MIC 2020 
  • Organizing and Leading the Daily Camporee Program Areas
  • Staffing the Waterfront Program Areas (Swimming, Rowing, Canoeing, Sailing, Plastic Barrel Raft Building, etc.)
  • Staffing the Shooting Sports Program Areas (Rifle, Archery, Shotgun, Air Rifle, Paintball Slingshot, Black Powder, Slingshot, etc.)
  • Staffing the Fishing/Fly Fishing Program Area
  • Staffing the Handicraft Program Area
  • Staffing the Initiative Games Program Area (team building activities)
  • Staffing the Team Games Program Area (games where teams of Scouts compete with each other)
  • Staffing the Service to Rota-Kiwan Program Area 
  • Staffing the Native American Program Area 
  • Organizing and coordinating the Global Scouting Program Area (Activities run by staff from other countries)
  • Organizing, leading, and providing tech support for evening and weekend activities (opening and closing ceremonies, campfire amphitheater shows, international festival day, etc.) 
  • Serving on the Commissioners Staff (Working with a campsite troop composed of Michigan, out-of-state/Canadian, and international contingents, assisting the campsite’s host unit(s) in planning and organizing both home stay week and the week at MIC, keeping all the campsite troop leaders informed and helping to resolve any problems, and meeting with them regularly during MIC) 
  • Organizing and Leading the Support Services Area 
  • Serving on the Security and Parking staff
  • Serving on the Ranger’s staff
  • Serving on the Sanitation staff
  • Serving on the Dining Hall Staff, preparing meals for the staff and several campwide meals during the week
  • Organizing and packing food for campsite troops to prepare and eat in their campsites
  • Serving on the Health Lodge staff
  • Organizing and Leading the Administration Area 
  • Serving in the Registrar and Receipts section of the Headquarters Office staff
  • Serving in the Budget and Payments section of the Headquarters Office staff
  • Serving as an Administrative Assistant on the Headquarters Office staff
  • Serving on the Trading Post (Camp Store) staff
  • Organizing and Leading the Media Area-
  • Serving as Webmaster 
  • Serving on the camp newspaper staff (editor, reporter, graphic designer, production and distribution) 
  • Photography 
  • Videography
  • Serving on the Internet Café staff 
  • Serving on the Ham Radio staff 

To see lists of responsibilities for MIC 2020 staff positions grouped by staff areas click here

REQUIREMENTS FOR ONSITE STAFF MEMBERS – Follow these links to the MIC 2020 Staff Guidelines and the MIC 2020 Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs, Visitors, Pets, Youth Protection, and Health Insurance Policies. All applicants for MIC 2020 onsite staff positions must agree to comply with these policies. 

To satisfy BSA requirements and state of Michigan law, all U.S. staff at MIC 2020 must be registered with BSA, have completed BSA Youth Protection Training between January 1 and July 1, 2020, have had a criminal background check, and all staff 21 or older must have completed Michigan’s Central Registry Clearance or the equivalent in your state.   BSA Youth Protection can be completed online at no cost.  We will post the link by the time we start accepting staff members. 

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATE -All MIC 2020 staff members are expected to arrive at Rota-Kiwan on Saturday, July 18, 2020, and to depart from Rota-Kiwan on Sunday, July 26, 2020.  Some staff positions might have earlier arrival or later departure dates.

STAFF FEE AND OTHER COSTS - Each MIC 2020 staff member must pay a staff fee that will be announced in the fall of 2018 to cover the cost of staff meals and camporee item.  Each MIC 2020 staff member must also pay for their own transportation to and from Rota-Kiwan.

STAFF HOUSING AT MIC - Any MIC staff member who would like to be housed in a Rota-Kiwan cabin with electricity and bunk and mattress will be given a space in one of the cabins. A staff member who prefers to stay in their own camper/trailer or tent, may bring it and set it up in an assigned staff housing location. Please indicate your housing preference on your staff application. Except for a few staff members whose positions require them to eat meals elsewhere, MIC 2020 staff members will eat their meals in a Rota-Kiwan dining hall.

TRAVEL TO AND FROM MIC 2020 - Rota-Kiwan’s address is 6278 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  For those interested in traveling to and from MIC 2020 on Amtrak, Rota-Kiwan is a 17 minute drive from the Kalamazoo train station, and there are 4 trains a day in each direction between Chicago’s Union Station and Kalamazoo.  For those planning to travel by plane, Rota-Kiwan is a 15 minute drive from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport and a 55 minute drive from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

SUBMIT AN ONLINE MIC 2020 STAFF APPLICATION -For a U.S. resident to apply for one of the MIC 2020 staff positions that requires spending the 9 days from Saturday, July 18, to Sunday, July 26, 2020, at MIC, please follow the link MIC 2020 STAFF APPLICATION for those staying at campcomplete the online application for this type position, and submit it. Electronic submission is necessary to get your information into our staff database.

In accordance with Youth Protection, the council office of each U.S. staff applicant and the International Commissioner of each international staff applicant will be contacted to verify the applicant’s qualifications.

After your staff application has been evaluated, you will be contacted to inform you whether or not your staff application has been accepted. All staff applications received by April 1, 2019, will be evaluated by May 1, 2019, and you will be informed of the result then. Staff applications received after April 1, 2019, will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.   Once your staff application has been accepted, you should pay your MIC 2020 staff fee.

I B. U.S. resident interested in serving in an MIC 2020 staff position that does not require that you be at Rota-Kiwan during MIC 2020.  

These positions include 

  • Budget and Finance
  • Recording Applications and Payments
  • Promotion
  • Project Selling
  • Publications (Participant Handbook, Host Unit Handbook, etc.)
  • Publicity
  • Web Site Development
  • Staff Recruiting
  • Supporting U.S. visa applications for international contingents and staff
  • Menu Planning and Food Ordering
  • Home Stay Week Activities (Day at Lake Lansing Park – Cedar Point, etc.)
  • MIC 2020 identity items for online and trading post sales

 To see lists of responsibilities for MIC 2020 staff positions grouped by staff areas click here

THERE IS NO STAFF FEE FOR MIC 2020 STAFF MEMBERS NOT PARTICIPATING IN MIC- Participant packets, which include MIC 2020 patch, neckerchief, and program booklet, will be available for purchase. 

SUBMIT AN ONLINE MIC 2020 STAFF APPLICATION -To apply for one of the MIC 2020 staff positions that does not require spending the week at MIC, please follow this link MIC 2020 STAFF APPLICATION for those not staying at camp, complete the online application for this type position, and submit it. Electronic submission is necessary to get your information into our staff database.


SERVING ON THE MIC STAFF - RESIDENTS OF OTHER COUNTRIES

THE MIC 2020 INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TEAM (IST)

If you live in the United States, you are in the wrong section.  Please follow this link: Staff positions for US Residents

The term International Service Team (IST) is used for MIC volunteer staff members from countries other than the United States.  The Michigan International Camporee invites Scouts, Venturers, and leaders from all around the world who are registered members of WOSM-affiliated Scout Associations and will be 18 or older on July 19, 2020, to submit applications to join the MIC 2020 IST. Serving in an MIC staff position as part of our IST is a unique opportunity to meet Scouts and adults from over 20 countries and to help them experience the friendship and fellowship of international Scouting. 

NSO ENDORSEMENT REQUIRED - All MIC IST applicants must be endorsed by the WOSM-affiliated International Commissioner of the applicant’s country. IST applicants from the Africa Region of WOSM must also be endorsed by WOSM’s Africa Region office. When we receive an IST application, we will request that International Department Boy Scouts of America contact the WOSM International Commissioner of the applicant’s country for this required endorsement.  

APPLICATION DEADLINE- The IST application deadline for citizens of countries for which a U.S. visa is required to enter the U.S. who do not already have a U.S. visa that is valid through August 15, 2020, is March 31, 2020.  The IST application deadline for citizens of countries for which a U.S. visa is not required to enter the U.S and for citizens of countries for which a U.S. visa is required to enter the U.S. who already have a U.S. visa that is valid through August 15, 2020, is May 15, 2020.

POSITIONS ON THE MIC 2020 STAFF - Each IST members will be assigned a specific MIC 2020 staff position and will be expected to perform the duties of that position. There are no openings at a Michigan International Camporee for IST "participants" or “observers.” 

 Staff positions available to MIC 2020 IST include

  • Serving on the camp newspaper staff (editor, reporter, graphic designer, production and distribution)
  • Photography/videography 
  • Serving on the Internet Café staff 
  • Planning and running an activity at the Global Scouting Program Area (A special opportunity is available to teams of 3 or 4 MIC 2020 IST from the same country to demonstrate, teach, and lead a skill, game, or other activity representative of your country or region of the world in the MIC 2020 Global Scouting program area. Please discuss this possibility with other potential IST applicants from your country, develop a proposal for a Global Scouting activity, and include it and the names of the other IST applicants who would run it with you in your IST application.)
  • Serving on the Waterfront Staff (Swimming, Rowing, Canoeing, Sailing, Plastic Barrel Raft Building, etc.)
  • Serving on the Shooting Sports staff (Rifle, Archery, Shotgun, Air Rifle, Paintball Slingshot, Black Powder, etc.)
  • Serving on the Fishing/Fly Fishing staff
  • Serving on the Handicraft Program Area Staff (Scouts complete different types of craft projects)
  • Serving on the Initiative Games Program Area Staff (team building activities)
  • Serving on the Team Games Program Area Staff (games where teams of Scouts compete with each other)
  • Serving on the Service to Rota-Kiwan Program Area Staff 
  • Serving on the Security and Parking staff
  • Serving on the Ranger’s staff
  • Serving on the Dining Hall staff, preparing meals for the staff and several campwide meals during the week
  • Organizing and packing food for campsite troops to prepare and eat in their campsites
  • Serving on the Trading Post (Camp Store) staff (Trading Post is a term used for the Camp Store at American Scout Camps.) 

REQUIREMENTS FOR ONSITE STAFF MEMBERS – Follow these links to the MIC 2020 Staff Guidelines and the MIC 2020 Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs, Visitors, Pets, Youth Protection, and Health Insurance Policies. All applicants for MIC 2020 onsite staff positions must agree to comply with these policies. 

To satisfy BSA requirements and state of Michigan law, all staff at MIC 2020, including IST, must have completed BSA Youth Protection Training between January 1 and July 1, 2020, and have had a criminal background check.   BSA Youth Protection can be completed online at no cost by a resident of any country on BSA's web site.  You do not need to be registered with BSA to complete this training.  We will post the link by the time we start accepting IST members.  

IST FEE AND OTHER COSTS - Like all other MIC 2020 staff members, each MIC 2020 IST member must pay a staff fee that will be announced in the fall of 2018 to cover the cost of staff meals and camporee items.  Each MIC 2020 IST member must also pay for your transportation to and from Michigan, and, if a visa is required to enter the U.S., for the application fee for that visa.  

HOME HOSPITALITY OPTION - MIC 2020 IST from outside the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to apply for home hospitality.  The home hospitality period runs from the weekend of July 11-12, 2020, until IST depart for MIC on Saturday, July 18, 2020,  All IST and members of international contingents participating in home hospitality will be responsible for some admissions costs during home stay week and personal expenses during their stay.  Transportation will be provided for IST from host family homes to MIC 2020 on Saturday, July 23, and from MIC 2020 to host family homes on Sunday, July 31, at no cost.  Please indicate on your IST application whether or not you would like to participate in home hospitality the week before MIC.  Our first goal for home hospitality week is to provide host families for all the Scouts and leaders in MIC 2020 international contingents.  We hope to find host families for all IST desiring home hospitality. These host families could be located in different communities than the host unit for the Scouts and leaders in the MIC contingent from the IST’s country or other IST from that country.

TRAVEL TO AND FROM MIC 2020 

MIC 2020 IST who are not participating in home hospitalitymust arrange and pay for their own transportation between their home country and Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Rota-Kiwan, the site of MIC 2020 is located.  They must arrive on Saturday, July 18, and depart on Sunday, July 26.  They can arrive at and depart fromthe Kalamazoo Transportation Center which serves as the Amtrak train station (There are 4 trains a day in each direction between Chicago’s Union Station and Kalamazoo.) and the Greyhound bus station or the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.

MIC 2020 IST who are participating in home hospitalitymust arrange and pay for their own transportation between their home country and an agreed-on location near the Michigan community that is the home of their host family.  This location will typically be a train or bus station.  IST will be expected to arrive at that location some time during the weekend of July 11-12, 2020, and to depart from that location or Kalamazoo on late Sunday, July 26, or Monday, July 27, 2020.  

USA VISA REQUIREMENTS - MIC 2016 IST members with passports from countries other than Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, will need to obtain U.S. visas to enter the U.S. and serve on the MIC 2020 IST.  Paying the U.S. visa application fee, currently US $160, and obtaining a U.S. visa is the responsibility of the IST member.  The Michigan International Camporee will send each IST member from a non-visa-waiver country a letter to submit with his/her visa application stating that the purpose of the visit to the U.S. is to serve on the Michigan International Camporee staff, that this individual’s participation on the Michigan International Camporee staff will enrich U.S. Scouts and leaders, and that we endorse the visa application.  Unfortunately, in some situations, that might not be enough to gain approval of the visa application. Even with our support, a number of Scouters from the Africa Region of WOSM who were planning to serve on the MIC 2016 IST had their U.S. visa applications turned down. In such situations, there is nothing we can do. Please follow this link for US Visa Information.

IST HOUSING AT MIC - Any MIC 2020 IST member who would like to be housed in a Rota-Kiwan cabin with electricity and bunk and mattress will be given a space in one of the cabins. Those who prefer to bring their own tent and pitch it in a staff tent area can do that. (Tents are not provided.)  Please indicate your housing preference on your IST application.  All MIC 2020 IST members will eat their meals in the camp dining hall.

SUBMIT AN ONLINE MIC 2020 IST APPLICATION - If you are registered with a WOSM-affiliated National Scout Association other than the BSA and would like to apply for a position on the MIC 2020 IST, please follow this link to the online MIC 2020 IST APPLICATION , complete the application, and submit it. Electronic submission is necessary to get your information into our staff database.  If you are registered with the BSA, this is the wrong form.  There is a different list of available staff positions for BSA staff members and a different staff application form.  Please follow this link: Staff positions for US Residents

After your IST application has been evaluated and a response has been received from your country’s WOSM International Commissioner, you will be contacted to inform you whether or not your IST application has been approved. Once IST applications have been approved, they will be evaluated by the MIC 2020 Executive Committee, staff positions will be assigned, and applicants will be informed about their MIC 2020 staff positions.  

The Michigan Crossroads Council is currently setting up the MIC 2020 staff fee payment system.  Once that system has been set up, you will be informed of how to pay your MIC 2020 staff fee. Applicants from outside the U.S. who have difficulty submitting payment in U.S. $ should contact us by email for other options. Applicants who have passports from countries for which a visa is required to enter the U.S. should wait until your visas are approved to submit the payment.