The Michigan Crossroads Council International Scouting Committee works to create opportunities for Scouts and Scouters in Michigan to become involved in International Scouting.
You can find information below on:
- Earning the new BSA International Spirit Award
- Participating in Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) or Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI):
- Traveling to Canada and Interacting with Canadian Scouts
- Traveling Overseas with Scouts
- 2016 Michigan International Camporee
- 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan
- Other International Scouting Opportunities
To reach the Michgan Crossroads Council International Scouting Committee Facebook page click here.
To reach the World Organization of the Scout Movement Facebook page click here.
BSA Contingent to 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan
A World Scout Jamboree is a once in a lifetime experience. Because they are held once every four years and youth participants must be 14 but not 18 years old, a Scout or Venturer has one opportunity to participate. The next World Scout Jamboree will be held in Japan from July 28 to August 8, 2015.
Applications are now being accepted for adult leadership positions for Central Region BSA contingent troops and crews. For information and the application form, click here.
For information for youth participants, click here. The application process will begin soon.
Big Changes in World Scouting's Web Site
In mid-October, 2013, the World Organization of the Scout Movement completely revamped their www.scout.org web site. It now has a more Facebook type feel. Much of the information that used to be there has been relocated or is gone.
Because of this change, many links here to sections of www.scout.org no longer work. Please be patient as we try to find the new locations of this information.
New Book on World Scouting
There is a new book titled WORLD SCOUTING: EDUCATING FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP by Eduard Vallory. To reach the World Organization of the Scout Movement's endorsement of the book, click here. To reach the book's web site click here. The list price for the paperback version is $29. You can order it at your local bookstore or online.
Summer, 2013, Visit to Ireland by Garden City Scouts
In the summer of 2013, a contingent of Scouts and leaders from Troop 740, Garden City MI, Great Lakes FSC, joined with a contingent from the 45th Windsor, Tri-Shores Council, Scouts Canada, in a visit to Ireland. An article on their trip appeared In the online Irish Scouting magazine. For links to that article, click here.
Upcoming International Scouting Opportunities
New BSA International Spirit Award
International Department Boy Scouts of America has just introduced the new BSA International Spirit Award. To see the requirements for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and adults and how to order the patches, click here.
This award replaces the International Activity Emblem and the International Youth Exchange Emblem. The International Activity Emblem will no longer be available once supplies at Scout Shops are gone. The International Youth Exchange Emblem is ordered from International Department BSA. They have a large supply of those patches in stock and will supply them to youth and adults who meet the requirements as long as they have the patches. For the requirements and information on how to order, click here.
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) or Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI)
Michigan Crossroads Council Cubs, Webelos, Scouts, and Venturers made contact with Scouts all over the world during the 2013 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) on October 19 and 20. These events are always held on the 3rd full weekend in October. Michigan Crossroads Council units should start planning now for October 18 and 19, 2014. For more details and the Michigan Crossroads Council contact, click here.
Jamboree on the Air
Jamboree on the Internet
Travel to Canada and Interact with Canadian Scouts
Michigan Crossroads Council units have the opportunity to do International Scouting on a weekend
trip, traveling to Canada and interacting with Canadian Scouts. There are a number of International Camporees in Canada that Michigan units can participate in as well as Scouts Canada camps where you are very likely to encounter Canadian Scouts.
For links to International Camporees and Scouts Canada camps in Ontario, click here
For the latest information on taking BSA packs, troops, and crews to Canada, click here
Travel Overseas with Scouts
Every summer, countries around the world hold National Jamborees and there are International Jamborees in England and Scotland. They all welcome international participants, especially contingents from the USA. The cost of taking a contingent of Boy Scouts and/or Venturers to another country can be surprisingly low. For more information on how you can plan an international trip for your troop or crew, click here
2016 Michigan International Camporee
The Michigan International Camporee, which the Michigan Crossroads Council inherited from the Chief Okemos legacy council, is the largest council-run multinational camp in North America. Once every four years, Scouts, leaders, and staff members from 20 or more countries come to Michigan for a miniature World Jamboree.
Click here to find out about past Michigan International Camporees, see a video showing the 2012 Michigan International Camporee, and learn how you can become part of the 2016 Michigan International Camporee.
2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan
A World Scout Jamboree is held once every four years. Youth participants are 14 but not yet 18 years old. The next World Scout Jamboree will be held in Japan in 2015.
For information on the 2015 World Scout Jamboree and becoming part of the BSA contingent, click here.
Other International Scouting Opportunities
Please contact us should you have any questions about International Scouting.