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International Scouting

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 Michigan Crossroads Council International Scouting Committee Facebook page click hereExternal Link

To reach the World Organization of the Scout Movement Facebook page click hereExternal Link.

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.

ADULT LEADERSHIP POSITIONS - Applications are being accepted for adult leadership positions for Central Region BSA contingent troops and crews.  Many positions have already been filled.  For information and the application form, click here.

YOUTH PARTICIPANTS (BOY SCOUTS AND VENTURERS) and INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TEAM (JAMBOREE STAFF) - Applications are now open and applications and deposits are being accepted.  For more information, click here.   

Big Changes in World Scouting's Web Site

In mid-October, 2013, the World Organization of the Scout Movement completely revamped their www.scout.orgExternal Link 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.orgExternal Link 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 hereExternal Link.  To reach the book's web site click hereExternal Link.  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 17 and 18, 2014.  For more details and the Michigan Crossroads Council contact, click here.  For World Scouting information on these events, go to Link

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 (MIC), 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. 

The 2016 Michigan International Camporee will be held at Northwoods Scout Reservation from July 24 to 31, 2016, with home stays for international contingents with the families of Michigan host troops and crews the week before.  Unit registration for MIC 2016 will open in September, 2014. 

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
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