Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs, Pets, Visitors, Youth Protection, Health and Accident Insurance

ALCOHOL - Beer and other alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Boy Scouts of America camps such as Northwoods Scout Reservation, the site of the Michigan International Camporee. All camporee participants, adults as well as youth, will be required to follow that rule. Furthermore, the minimum legal age for drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages in Michigan is 21. All camporee participants who are under the age of 21 will be required to make a commitment to obey that law during the entire time they are in Michigan. This includes their home stay week as well as the week of MIC. We realize that customs are different in other countries and many camporee participants who are of legal drinking age in their home country would like to participate in the same activities that they do at home. However, the ultimate responsibility for all our guest Scouts and leaders lies with the Michigan Crossroads Council and the Boy Scouts of America, and a situation in which police would discover underage drinking among participants in the Michigan International Camporee, with the resulting publicity, could jeopardize similar events in the future.

SMOKING - In Michigan, the minimum age to legally purchase cigarettes is 18. Since all our youth participants will be under 18, we expect that they will be obeying that law and that there will be no smoking by youth participants during home stays or at MIC. The Personal Information Sheet asks adult leaders whether you plan to smoke while you are in Michigan. The reason we ask that question is that some of our Scout families maintain smoke-free homes and we want to make sure that we place any adult leader who plans to smoke with a host family where that is not a problem. Northwoods Scout Reservation, the site of our camporee, is designated as a no-smoking area. Smoking is not permitted at any time in campsites, parking lots, program areas, trails, buildings etc. Camporee participants who are 18 and over and want to smoke will be directed to acceptable locations for smoking just off our property out of sight of all camporee participants.

DRUGS - All drugs that are illegal in the state of Michigan and all prescription drugs that were obtained without a prescription are prohibited both at MIC and during home stay week. BSA rules prohibit marijuana, including medical marijuana, at all BSA camps and activities.

PETS - Pets, other than those required for assistance, are not allowed in camp at any time during MIC. This includes arrival day, departure day, and Visitors Day.

VISITORS - Because of the unique nature of the MIC experience, visitors are not permitted in camp during the week of MIC. The one exception is Visitors Day on Saturday, July 30, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

YOUTH PROTECTION (SAFE FROM HARM) - The Boy Scouts of America believes that its top priority is to protect the safety of children. BSA’s “Youth Protection” program and WOSM’s “Safe from Harm” program were created to achieve this goal. Part of the responsibility of MIC staff, unit leaders, and home stay week volunteers is to be alert to any activities or conditions that could threaten the safety of our youth. MIC international contingents will be expected to follow their national Scout association’s “Safe from Harm” policies in their travel to and from Michigan. During the time they are in Michigan, both in home stay week and during the week of MIC, BSA Youth Protection rules will apply to everyone involved n MIC. MIC host units will make sure that both home stay week activities and their MIC campsite troop satisfy BSA requirements of 2 deep adult leadership and adult leaders of both sexes with coed contingents.

Because MIC is a coed program and Venturing is BSA’s coed youth program, all MIC 2016 unit leaders and staff members, both U.S. and international, and all adults in MIC 2016 host families must complete BSA Venturing Youth Protection Training between August 1, 2014, and July 10, 2016. (Residents of other countries can complete this training online at BSA’s web site without registering with BSA.) Host unit leaders will be responsible for youth protection compliance during home stay week. The BSA has developed Barriers to Abuse within Scouting that create safer environments for young people involved in Scout activities. During the 8 days of MIC,, all MIC 2016 unit leaders and staff members, both U.S. and international, must read, understand, and comply with these policies and report any suspected violations to the camp director as soon as possible..

YOUTH PROTECTION REPORTING POLICY - Any suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically, emotionally or sexually abused, exploited or exposed to any form of violence, threat, pornography or obscene material should be reported to the local authorities AND to the Scouting executive. During the week of MIC, the Camp Director serves as the designee for the Scouting executive. The Michigan Department of Human Services hot line # is 855-444-3911. This toll-free number allows you to report abuse or neglect of any child or adult any time day or night.

HEALTH AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE - MIC will purchase health and accident insurance through the Boy Scouts of America for all our international Scouts, leaders, and IST for the time they will be in Michigan.  MIC will not purchase this insurance for BSA Scouts, leaders, and staff. This insurance is already in effect for Michigan Crossroads Council youth and adults. BSA participants from outside of the Michigan Crossroads Council should check on their coverage.

For international contingents, this insurance covers medical treatment for any injury or illness that occurs while your Scouts, leaders, and IST are in Michigan.  It does not, however, cover medical treatment for the recurrence of pre-existing conditions such as old injuries or illnesses, and there are limits to how much this insurance will pay.  We recommend that you check the family health insurance plans of your contingent members and find out if these plans can be used while you are in the U.S.  If the insurance can be used in the U.S., carry information about the insurance and the method for making claims for each member of your contingent.  International contingents will be expected to pay for any medical treatment for a contingent member that is not covered by insurance.