MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL CAMPOREE INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TEAM (IST)
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 24, 2016, to submit applications to join the 2016 Michigan International Camporee International Service Team (IST). Serving in a Michigan International Camporee 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 Michigan International Camporee 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.
POSITIONS ON THE MIC 2016 STAFF - Each IST members 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 IST "participants" or “observers.”
Staff positions available to MIC 2016 IST include
- Serving on the camp newspaper staff
- 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 2016 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 2016 Global Scouting program area,. You are encouraged to 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, Target Paintball, 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
- Serving on the Team Games Program Area Staff
- Serving on the Service to Northwoods Program Area Staff (probably removing invasive plant species)
- 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 STAFF AND IST - All MIC 2016 IST applicants must agree to comply with the MIC STAFF GUIDELINES and the MIC Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs, Youth Protection, and Health Insurance Policies. To satisfy BSA requirements and state of Michigan law, all staff at MIC 2016, including IST, must have completed BSA Venturing Youth Protection Training after August 1, 2014, and have had a criminal background check. BSA Venturing 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 2016 staff members, each MIC 2016 IST member must pay a staff fee of approximately U.S. $125 to cover the cost of staff meals and camporee items. This fee will be announced in the spring of 2015. Each MIC 2016 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.
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 2016 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 2012 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.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATE - All MIC 2016 IST members are expected to arrive at Northwoods on Saturday, July 23, 2016, and to depart from Northwoods on Sunday, July 31, 2016.
HOME HOSPITALITY OPTION - Home hospitality is available for MIC 2016 IST from outside the U.S. and Canada. The home hospitality period runs from the weekend of July 16-17, 2016, until IST depart for MIC on Saturday, July 23, 2016, Transportation will be provided between host family homes and MIC 2016.
IST HOUSING AT MIC - Any MIC 2016 IST member who would like to be housed in a Northwoods 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. Please indicate your housing preference on your IST application. MIC 2016 IST members will eat their meals in the camp dining hall.
SUBMIT AN ONLINE MIC 2016 IST APPLICATION - To apply for a position on the MIC 2016 IST, please follow this lik, complete the online MIC 2016 IST APPLICATION and submit it. Electronic submission is necessary to get your information into our staff database. .
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 accepted. All IST applications received by April 1, 2015, will be evaluated by May 1, 2015, and you will be informed of the result then. IST applications received after April 1, 2015, will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
Once your IST application has been accepted, you should pay your MIC 2016 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 US should wait until your visas are approved to submit the payment.