Program Edition: Events, Advancement Activities, and Scouting Program
for Scouts, Leaders & Families in Michigan

November 2016 - In This Issue:

Is your Charter complete?
What's a charter?
The chartering process is one of the oldest traditions in Scouting. It is the formal document that certifies the agreement between a Chartered Partner - an organization that agrees to utilize Scouting as a part of its service to youth and community outreach - and the Boy Scouts of America, setting expectations for the quality of program to be delivered to the Charter Partner's youth population.

The BSA grants charters to sponsoring (chartered) organizations who must report to Scouting annually to renew their local charters. Rechartering is the process where a Scout unit renews its charter as an official part of the Boy Scouts of America.

For more information and to renew your Charter go to:
Great Things To Do All Over Michigan!

Trainer's EDGE (Clarkston)
The Trainer's EDGE conference on November 19 helps develop the skills of a trainer.  It focuses on improving the participant's training skills.  The Trainer's Edge is the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge, Commissioners' College and NYLT staffs. More info

Merit Badge College at Kettering University (Flint)
Join us on December 3rd to earn a variety of merit badges at Kettering University. More info

Merit Badge College at Delta College (University Center)
Join us on December 10th to earn a variety of merit badges at Delta College. More info

Become an Aquanaut
Scouts will have the opportunity on November 18th to earn the Aquanaut. This will be a round robin type of program. Scouts will proceed station to station and will stay with their den.   More info
Scout Night at Sporting Events

Is your unit making STEM part of your program plans?

  All STEM events are on the Council Calendar found here.
Learn more about STEM in Scouting on our website here.
Please consider joining your local STEM Committee by contacting us here.

Find out how to earn the Certified STEM Unit Designation in 2017  
START here!

Explore Engineering! 
Rota-Kiwan Scout Reservation
November 19, 2016
Join us as we explore simple machines and how they make our lives easier every day. Experiment with methods of lifting heavy loads with ease, identify simple machines at the park, and create an item that will complete a chore for you. Cub Scouts will be working on their Swing! NOVA Award, and Boy Scouts & Venturers will be focusing on the Whoosh! NOVA Award. $10/Scout

Cub Scout and Boy Scout Nova Day
Yankee Air Museum
December 3, 2016
Cub Scouts and Webelos  get hands on experience while achieving the "Out of this World" NOVA module in the morning. The Boy Scouts/Venturers will gain practical experience working on "Shoot!!" and "Launch!" NOVA modules in the afternoon.

Holiday STEMFest
Flint BSA Service Center
507 W. Atherton  Flint, MI
Happy Holidays! We will spreading holiday cheer with STEM for all to hear! We will be gathering for a day full of FREE holiday STEM activities to make your holiday season even brighter. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts welcome.  Join us!

 2017 STEM Events - Mark your calendars now!
Some STEM events are in final stages of planning, and will be added to our calendar in late November. The dates listed below are firm, and registration are open now, or will be  by 11/26/16. Watch the Council calendar,new events are added weekly!

  • Monthly dates: NMC Exploring Club Days - Traverse City, MI      Read more/register here
  • January 7, 2017: Merit Badge Mania   - Wayne County Community College   Register here
  • January 14, 2017: STEM Merit Badge Day - Hope College/ Holland   Register here
  • February 4, 2017: Health Science Extravaganza - Flint, MI  Register here
  • February 25, 2017: Legoland STEM for Cubs - info coming soon!

Thank you to our partner organizations for making STEM in Scouting a priority.  We appreciate your support!


Camp Happenings

Scout Shop News

2017 National Jamboree
Contingents are filling fast - still a few spots open!  4 opportunities to have an experience of a lifetime, choose the one that best fits your Scout. Click the links to read more and start your Jamboree Adventure...
in Michigan Crossroads Council

Each contingent offers a unique trip and experience.  Choose the one that best fits your calendar and budget.  Register NOW!