There will be a very limited number of spaces for contingents of Scouts and/or Venturers from Canada to participate in the 2016 Michigan International Camporee. All Canadian youth and adults participating in MIC 2016 must be members of WOSM-affiliated Scouts Canada or Association des Scouts du Canada. Each MIC 2016 contingent from a Canadian troop or company will consist of 8 Scouts and/or Venturers and 2 adult leaders. Additional adults traveling with a contingent can apply to be members of our MIC staff. Canadian contingents must bring their own tents and personal camping equipment. All contingents participating in the Michigan International Camporee must travel with approved tour permits and follow travel rules of their Scout Association.

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 Canadian contingent will be placed in a campsite with 16 Scouts/Venturers and 2-4 adult leaders from the Michigan 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 Canadian contingent 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 Canadian contingents 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.

Canadian 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) and Detroit (http://www.metroairport.com/) airports can also be used. The nearest Viarail (http://www.viarail.ca/) train station is Sarnia, Ontario.

If your troop or company would like to form a contingent to participate in MIC 2016, your first step is to fill out the CANADIAN UNIT APPLICATION FORM and submit it electronically. Applications from troops and companies 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. $25 per youth participant for a total of U.S. $200 by credit or debit card 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.