Join the 2016 Michigan International Camporee Volunteer Staff

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 so 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 Northwoods, 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 2016 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.

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SERVING ON THE MIC 2016 STAFF - U.S. RESIDENTS

Volunteers from Michigan and from other parts of the U.S. who will be 18 or older on July 24, 2016, are invited to submit online applications to become part of the 2016 Michigan International Camporee staff.   Boy Scouts and Venturers who willl be 16 or older but not yet 18 on July 24, 2016, and have special skills in areas such as shooting sports and waterfront may also submit applications.

There are two ways you can serve on the MIC 2016 staff, serving in a staff position that does not require that you be at Northwoods during MIC 2016 and serving in a staff position that requires that you spend the nine days July 24 to 31, 2016, at MIC 2016: It is even possible to do both. Follow the appropriate link to information and a link to the online application form for each type of position:

 

A. SERVING IN A STAFF POSITION THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE THAT YOU SPEND SATURDAY, JULY 23, TO SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2016, AT NORTHWOODS DURING MIC 2016.

IF YOU PLAN TO SPEND MIC WEEK AT NORTHWOODS YOU ARE IN THE WRONG SECTION.  YOU NEED TO TAKE THE LINK Staff Positions for US Residents who plan to participate in the week of MIC at Northwoods

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 2016 identity items for online and trading post sales
  • Planning, Organizing, Promoting, and Running Cub Activities during Visitors Day.

Because these positions do not involve contact with youth, they do not require registration with BSA or BSA youth protection. The one exception is running Cub activities at Visitors Day. That does require registration with BSA and the completion of BSA Youth Protection between August 1, 2014, and July 1, 2016.

THERE IS NO STAFF FEE FOR STAFF MEMBERS NOT PARTICIPATING IN MIC -There is not a fee for these positions. Participant packets, which include MIC 2016 patch, neckerchief, and program booklet, will be available for purchase. Those running Cub activities at Visitors Day will pay the Visitors Day fee and receive a participant packet.

SUBMIT AN ONLINE MIC 2016 STAFF APPLICATION -To apply for one of the MIC 2016 staff positions that does not require spending the week at MIC, please follow this link MIC 2016 STAFF APPLICATION, complete the online application for this type position, and submit it. Electronic submission is necessary to get your information into our staff database.

B. SERVING IN A STAFF POSITION THAT REQUIRES THAT YOU SPEND SATURDAY, JULY 23, TO SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2016, AT NORTHWOODS DURING MIC 2016.

 

STAFF AGE REQUIREMENTS - Volunteers from Michigan and from other parts of the U.S. who will be 18 or older on July 24, 2016, are invited to submit online applications to become part of the 2016 Michigan International Camporee staff.   Boy Scouts and Venturers who willl be 16 or older but not yet 18 on July 24, 2016, and have special skills in areas such as shooting sports and waterfront may also submit applications.

BSA REGISTRATION REQUIRED - All MIC 2016 U.S. staff members who will spend the week of MIC at Northwoods must be registered in good standing with the Boy Scouts of America

 

POSITIONS ON THE MIC 2016 STAFF - Each MIC 2016 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 2016 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 Northwoods for U.S. residents include

  • Overall Organization, Planning, and Leadership of MIC 2016 - fully staffed
  • Organizing and Leading the Daily Camporee Program Area - fully staffed
  • Staffing the Waterfront (Swimming, Rowing, Canoeing, Sailing, Plastic Barrel Raft Building, etc.)
  • Staffing the Shooting Sports area (Rifle, Archery, Shotgun, Air Rifle, Target Paintball, Black Powder, etc.)
  • 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 Northwoods Program Area (probably removing invasive plant species)
  • 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.) - fully staffed
  • Serving on the Commissioners Staff (Working with a campsite troop composed of Michigan, out-of-state/Canadian, and international contingents. Communicating with them regularly by email before MIC, keeping them informed and helping to resolve any problems, and meeting with them regularly during MIC)
  • Organizing and Leading the Support Services Area - fully staffed
  • 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 - fully staffed
  • 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- fully staffed
  • Organizing and Leading the Media Area-  fully staffed
  • Serving as Webmaster - fully staffed
  • Serving on the camp newspaper staff (editor, reporter, graphic designer, production and distribution) - fully staffed
  • Photography - fully staffed
  • Videography
  • Serving on the Internet Café staff - fully staffed
  • Serving on the Ham Radio staff - fully staffed

REQUIREMENTS FOR ONSITE STAFF MEMBERS - All MIC 2016 onsite staff applicants must agree to comply with the MIC STAFF GUIDELINES and the MIC Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs, Visitors, Pets, Youth Protection, and Health Insurance Policies. To satisfy BSA requirements and state of Michigan law, all U.S. staff at MIC 2016 must be registered with BSA, have completed BSA Venturing Youth Protection Training between August 1, 2014, and July 1, 2016, have had a criminal background check, and have completed Michigan’s Central Registry Clearance or the equivalent in your state.   BSA Venturing 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 2016 staff members are expected to arrive at Northwoods on Saturday, July 23, 2016, and to depart from Northwoods on Sunday, July 31, 2016.  Some staff positions might have earlier arrival or later departure dates.

STAFF FEE AND OTHER COSTS - Each MIC 2016 staff member must pay a staff fee of U.S. $125 to cover the cost of staff meals and camporee item.  Each MIC 2016 staff member must also pay for your transportation to and from Northwoods.

STAFF HOUSING AT MIC - Any MIC staff 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. 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 2016 staff members will eat their meals in the camp dining hall.

TRAVEL FROM OTHER STATES - MIC 2016 staff members from other states have the option of driving to and from Northwoods, or flying, or taking the train to Michigan.  If you have the time, the lowest cost option is often to take the train (www.amtrak.com).  If purchased far enough in advance, some sample current fares for a July, 2016, trip:

Chicago to East Lansing = $28 each way

St. Louis to Chicago to East Lansing = $55 each way.  

Washington D.C. to Toledo (Capital Limited) + bus from Toledo train station to East Lansing train station = $89 each way

New York City to Toledo (Lake Shore Limited) + bus from Toledo train station to East Lansing train station = $97 each way

Boston to Toledo (Lake Shore Limited) + bus from Toledo train station to East Lansing train station = $101 each way

New Orleans (City of New Orleans) to Chicago to East Lansing = $155 each way

You can board these trains at stops along the way and trains from other cities can be used to connect to those trains. 

Southwest Airlines has some nonstop flights to Flint, Michigan, airport, which is the closest airport to Northwoods.

TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE - We expect to offer a transportation package that would include transportation for MIC 2016 staff members from a Michigan airport or train station to Northwoods before MIC 2016 and from Northwoods to a Michigan airport or train station after MIC 2016. . Please indicate on your application form whether you would be interested in a transportation package.

SUBMIT AN ONLINE MIC 2016 STAFF APPLICATION -To apply for one of the MIC 2016 staff positions that requires spending the 9 days from Saturday, July 23, to Sunday, July 31, 2016, at MIC, please follow the link MIC 2016 STAFF APPLICATION, complete 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, 2015, will be evaluated by May 1, 2015, and you will be informed of the result then. Staff applications received after April 1, 2015, will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.   Once your staff or application has been accepted, you should pay your MIC 2016 staff fee.

 


 

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SERVING ON THE MIC STAFF - RESIDENTS OF OTHER COUNTRIES

THE MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL CAMPOREE 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 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. 

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, 2016, is March 31, 2016.  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, 2016, is May 15, 2016.

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 (editor, reporter, graphic designer, production and distribution)
  • Photography/videography
  • Serving on the Internet Café staff - fully staffed
  • 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,. 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, 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 (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 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.) - fully staffed

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 U.S. $125 to cover the cost of staff meals and camporee items.  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. 

TRAVEL TO AND FROM MICHIGAN - Most IST will fly to and from Detroit Metro Airport (http://www.metroairport.com/). If you fly to a North American airport outside of Michigan, it is your responsibility to pay your own transportation cost between that airport and Michigan.   If you plan to fly to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago, Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) offers relatively low-cost train service between Chicago and Michigan train stations. If you are considering flying to and from Toronto, Canada, you should check this page on the Canadian government web site to find out whether Canada requires visas for citizens of your country.  All costs of travel in other parts of North America and of transportation between other parts of North America and Michigan are the responsibility of the individual IST.

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 - MIC 2016 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 16-17, 2016, until IST depart for MIC on Saturday, July 23, 2016,  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 2016 on Saturday, July 23, and from MIC 2016 to host family homes on Sunday, July 31, at no cost.  Pleaase 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 international contingents.  In situations where there is a large number of IST from one country, we might not be able to find host families for all those IST. 

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. (Tents are not provided.)  Please indicate your housing preference on your IST application.  All 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 approved. Once IST applications have been approved, they will be evaluated by the MIC 2016 Executive Committee, staff positions will be assigned, and applicants will be informed about their MIC 2016 staff positions. 

The Michigan Crossroads Council is currently setting up the MIC 2016 staff fee payment system.  Once that system has been set up, you will be informed of how to pay your U.S. $125 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.