There will be a very limited number of spaces at MIC 2016 for contingents of U.S. Scouts and/or Venturers from troops and crews that are located outside of the Michigan Crossroads Council. This option is not available to Michigan Crossroads Council troops and crews. Each out-of-council contingent will consist of 8 Boy Scouts and/or Venturers and 2 adult leaders. Coed contingents must have one male and one female adult leader. Out-of-state contingents must bring their own tents and personal camping equipment. Additional adults traveling with a contingent can apply to be members of our MIC 2016 staff. All BSA contingents participating in MIC 2016 must travel with approved BSA tour and activity plans.

All youth participants 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. Boy Scouts must be at least First Class by that date. Venturers must have similar camping experience. 11 and 12 year olds must be endorsed by adult leaders who will participate in MIC.  All youth participants must be under 18 as of July 24, 2016, or be high school students during the 2015-2016 school year who will be 18 at the time of MIC.

Each out-of-council contingent will be placed in a campsite with 16 Scouts/Venturers and 2-4 adult leaders from the hosting troop(s) or crew(s) and with an international group of 16 Scouts and 4 adult leaders from outside of the U.S. and Canada, either one large contingent or several small contingents. This will result in a total of 40 youth and 8-10 adult leaders in each campsite. The campsite adult leaders will form the 40 youth participants into 4 mixed patrols of 10 members each for the week’s activities, so it is likely that 4 buddy pairs from the contingent from outside of Michigan will be placed in 4 different campsite patrols. One of the campsite adult leaders from Michigan will serve as the campsite Scoutmaster. The other 7-9 adult leaders in the campsite will serve as campsite assistant Scoutmasters. All Scouts, Venturers, and adult leaders of MCC 2016 out-of-council units will be expected to read, understand, and agree to follow MIC 2016 POLICIES AND RULES on Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs, Pets, Visitors, Youth Protection, and Health and Accident Insurance.

Out-of-state contingents are welcome to arrive at Northwoods on Saturday evening, July 23, to set up and get ready for the camporee. However, food service from the commissary will begin with the evening meal on Sunday, July 24, and will end with breakfast on Sunday, July 31. Contingents arriving early are responsible for providing their own meals until the evening meal on July 24.

The nearest airport to Northwoods is Flint, (http://www.bishopairport.org/) but Lansing (http://www.flylansing.com/home/) and Detroit (http://www.metroairport.com/) airports can also be used. Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) has daily train service between Chicago and Flint.

If your troop or crew would like to form a contingent to participate in MIC 2016, your first step is to fill out the OUT-OF-STATE UNIT APPLICATION FORM and submit it electronically. Applications from troops and crews that participated in MIC 2012 will have priority for a space at the MIC 2016 if received before January 1, 2015. All other out-of-state and Canadian applications received before January 1, 2015, will be considered as a group. In considering those applications, our first priority will be to enable our international guests to meet Scouts and Venturers from as many different parts of the U.S. and Canada as possible by accepting one contingent from each state and province represented in the applications.   We will then fill the rest of the out-of-state/Canada spaces. Any spaces left after January 1, 2015 will be filled on a first come first served basis.

After approving your application form, we will reply confirming that there is a space available for your contingent and that we will hold that space for one month while you complete the next step of the registration process which is submitting a deposit of U.S. $50 per youth participant for a total of U.S. $400 to Michigan Crossroads Council BSA. For us to continue to hold your unit’s space, we must receive your deposit within one month after you receive our confirmation message.Deposits are not refundable and are transferable only to a unit that replaces your unit as an out-of-state or Canadian contingent.