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

September 2016 - In This Issue:

  Join us - we're are going to
Blast into Scouting!
We are just about to explode with excitement over our new fall membership campaign, "Blast into Scouting"! Flyers, yard signs, bookmarks, stickers and all of the resources you will need to help bring more Scouts into Scouting are available to you right now at your local Scout office. 

Fall Camporees!

Come out to the largest Scouting campout in the state of Michigan this Fall! Whether you are a family, Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, Venture Crew, Girl Scout, or American Heritage Girl we have something for you...
  • 5K run/walk
  • Arena Show
  • Ultimate Ninja course
  • Foam obstacle course
  • Monkey bridge
  • Inflatables
  • Shooting sports
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The Fall Camporee for foodies is here! Find out if your troop's cooking skills will rise to the challenge at this event that includes fun food games, competitions and even a potluck dinner. Click here to register or find this event on Facebook.
Outing for Scouting IV
October 14-16
Berlin Raceway (Marne, MI)

This bi-annual event will focus on bringing a unique camping adventure and new and exciting programs to all of our Scouts - regardless of age! Scouts and adults of all ages will find something engaging this year. 

This year we are featuring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in a large portion of our activities. We want to showcase how STEM is, and always has been a part of Scouting and in the things we do every day. Featured activities will be found in one of five villages:
  • Technical Town
  • Public Serviceville
  • Experimentville
  • TraditionTown
  • Equipmentville
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Visual Storytelling Workshop 
September 30-October 2
Camp Teetonkah - (Jackson, MI)
Here's a chance to spend a few days at beautiful Camp Teetonkah learning the secrets of storytelling with digital photography. This course is instructed by the members of the BSA's National Visual Storytelling team and will focus on composition of good photography, telling a story in a single picture, picture editing and more! This course will move you from classroom instruction to field shooting with professional mentors. Registration is $75.00 per participant which includes lodging at Camp Teetonkah.

Halloween Events

October 8th 
Cole Canoe Base
Haunted Forest
October 15th
D-bar-A Scout Ranch
Haunted Woods
October 21-23
Rota-Kiwan Scout Reservation
Haunted Woods
October 21-23
Camp Munhacke
Clare Witch Project
October 22
Camp Rotary
October 28-30
Cadet Campground (Ransom, MI)

Jamboree on the Internet
October 15-16, 2016

Jamboree-on-the-Internet, or JOTI, is an annual international Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Each year, during the third weekend in October, Scouts from around the world gather online to learn about other cultures and the activities in which other Scouts participate. They communicate with each other using Internet-enabled devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Last year, JOTI had nearly 16,000 Scouts and leaders from 146 countries registered in the worldwide JOTA-JOTI database!

Who Can Participate?
Scouts of any age can take part, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers. Scouts can participate at home with the help of an adult, or they can participate in a Scout group at a council event. JOTI is an economical way to participate in an international jamboree. The event allows Scouts to "meet" other Scouts from around the world through the Internet and share more information than just "Hi." The exchanges can include such information as name, location of event, Scout rank, age, and hobbies. Some exchanges lead to long-lasting friendships. JOTI participation fulfills requirements for Tiger and Arrow of Light adventures, the Citizenship in the World merit badge, and the International Spirit Award.

When Is It?
JOTI begins on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 00:00 hours local time (midnight Friday), and will end on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 24:00 hours local time (midnight Sunday).

Helpful links for participants: 

2016 JOTI Event Log Use this form to record participation
For more information in Michigan Crossroads Council regarding JOTI or JOTA (Jamboree on the Air), please contact MCC International Scouting Chair, Bruce McCrea here
STEM-Tastic Fun!

STEMQuest at Rendezvous
Belleville, MI
September 24, 2016
While you're at Rendezvous - be sure to plan plenty of time on Saturday to check out the Underwater Robotics and LEGO Mindstorms ( with Michigan Science Center), Catapults ( with Ann Arbor Hands On Museum), Bristle Bots ( with Cranbrook Institute of Science), paper Rockets ( with Yankee Air Museum), Lever Designs (with LEGOLAND Discovery Center), Marine Biology and Super Sharks ( with SeaLife Aquarium), Bridge building, Life size Jenga, Computer Deconstruction and more!  
STEMQuest hours are 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.  See you there!

Boy Scouts Radio Merit Badge Workshop 
Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
October 1, 2016
How does a radio wave carry information? What is the difference between amateur and broadcast radio? What kind of equipment are you likely to find at a radio station? Discover the answers to these questions as you explore AAHOM's very own HAM radio station: WA2HOM. Boy Scouts will earn their Radio Merit Badge during this workshop.  Space is extremely limited, so register today! $30/Scout, $8/adult.

Health Science Extravaganza
Flint Farmers Market
October 1, 2016
Scouts of all ages will learn about cooking, eating health, and the benefits of exercise at this 9:00 am - 4:00 pm event. Webelos will work on Stronger-Faster-Higher Adventure, and Boy Scouts will work on Cooking and Personal Fitness Merit Badge (both Eagle required!)  All Scouts will be engaged in lerning how to cook with professionals as they participate in games just like Chopped and Iron Chef!  Thank you to Hurley Medical Center for helping us with this healthy and fun way to learn and earn!

STEM Adventure
USDA Labs - Brighton, MI
October 22, 2016
Boy Scouts will experience hands on study and work with Merit Badge Counselors and USDA officials as they learn and earn the Insect Study Merit Badge.  This badge is one of the requirements to earn the Dr, Bernard Harris SuperNOVA Award - and this opportunity will fill fast, so book the date and register now!  Event runs Noon to 4:00 pm in Brighton at the USDA labs and is open to all Boy Scouts.

STEM University @ PowWow
Madison Heights, MI
October 22, 2016
PowWow is a one day Cub Scout leader training that provides basics, advanced, and best practice training for new and returning CS Leaders.  This year, we've added another level: STEM - so you can add the critical training you'll want to learn about STEM in a Box, Integrating STEM in your Unit Program, SuperNOVA Mentor Training, and the New Certified STEM Unit Designation program.  Limited space - register now!

Dirty Jobs Merit Badge Weekend
Silver Trails Scout Reservation
October 28 - 30, 2016
Boy Scouts - get ready to get your hands dirty learning and earning skilled trades merit badges.  Register now for Welding, Plumbing, Metalwork, Electricity, and Woodcarving.  This is a great opportunity to combine a perfect Fall Campout with merit badges you often can't get on your own.  Lots of Spooktacular Fun on this holiday weekend at Silver Trails - and Dirty Jobs MB opportunity is not to be missed!  Register now - don't get left out!

STEM Adventure
Michigan Science Center (Detroit)
November 5, 2016
Nova Counselors and Michigan Science Center instructors will work together to provide a hands on experience for Cub Scouts, Webelos, and Boy Scouts.  Cub Scouts and Webelos will get hands learning while achieving the Nova 1-2-3 Go!  award in the morning sesson.  The afternoon Nova Award sessions for Boy Scouts will be Designed to Crunch and Numbers Don't Lie.  All participating Scouts will have an outstanding practical experience as they work on these awards.  Only 60 spots for each session - register now!

Science After Sundown 
Ann Arbor Hands on Museum
November 12, 2016
Join the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for an evening of science and engineering. Work on your NOVA Swing! Award as you  discover all of the exciting exhibits the museum has to offer. Cub Scouts and their families will enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum including 250+ exhibits, dinner, and a NOVA Swing! Award Workshop. $30/Scout, $25 for parents and siblings.

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

Scout Shop News

Now Offering Extended Hours!

Detroit Scout Shop
 Monday through Friday 9:00am until 6:00pm
Now open Saturdays 10:00am until 3:00pm

Grand Rapids, Troy, Ann Arbor Scout Shops
Open Monday through Friday 9:00am until 7:00pm
Open Saturday 10:00am until 5:00pm

Port Huron Scout Shop
Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Lansing Scout Shop
Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Battle Creek Scout Shop **NEW HOURS**
Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 9:00am until 5;00 pm
Thursday 9:00am until 7:00 pm <- Extended Hours!
Saturday 9:00 am until 1:00 pm  <- New Hours!

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!