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Background Checks and Disclosure

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is committed first and foremost to keeping youth safe. Part of that commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the forefront of youth safety.

As you know, one of the BSA’s many barriers to abuse is a mandatory criminal background check during the adult volunteer application process. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs.

Please complete the process listed below at your earliest availability to help us continue to provide the safest environment possible for our Scouts and leaders. Please note that these steps must be completed before your 2020 annual registration can be processed.Review the separate disclosure document linked below that is being provided to you separately for your review. It is titled “Background Check Disclosure.”Once you have reviewed that, print the separate document titled “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization.” Review the additional disclosures on that form, then complete and sign the Authorization using an ink/wet signature. Note: A print signature is required for this document. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.Turn in the signed “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization” form promptly to your unit leader or local council service center.If you choose to decline the background check, or if you do not complete the Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization form and return it to your unit leader or local council service center, your 2020 annual registration will not be processed.

We are truly grateful for your continued commitment to keeping youth safe and for helping them learn, grow, and thrive through Scouting programs.
Background Check Disclosure
Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization

Important Rechartering Updates

On-line rechartering began on October 1, 2019, however, there two important changes for the 2019 Rechartering process.

  1. National has determined to make a fee change for all participants beginning January 1, 2020.  Since the amount of the fee change will not be announced until late October, units will not be able to complete the on-line rechartering application process until after November 1.  They will be paused at the end of Step 3 – Check Roster with a message advising them to return after November 1 to complete the process.  You can see the message as the last page in the link below. 
  2. The second change has to do with a new Criminal Background check authorization form.  All registered adults will receive an email this coming week advising that an original of the new form must be completed, signed and submitted.  MCC plans to collect the forms with the Charter Renewal applications.  The Final Recharter checklist and other supporting documentation will be revised accordingly.  The form will also be posted on the Internet Rechartering home page when it is available.

Below is a link to guide you through the step by step process of on-line rechartering:


All unit leaders should have received a letter with their unit’s internet rechartering code. If you are a unit leader and did not receive the code, contact your District Commissioner, Dave Putt at for your code.

2019 Scouting for Food

Bags Out: Saturday November 2

Bag Collection: Saturday November 9

Great Lakes Boy Scouts of America
Field Service Council

Commitment To Participate in Scouting For Food 2019
Circle Your Unit Type Pack Troop Crew Post
Your Unit Number __________

Circle Your District

Chippewa Mahican North Star Ottawa
Pon-Man Renaissance Sunrise Sunset
Mark us down to Help Other People!
Our unit plans to participate in the 2019 Scouting For Food effort.
Our Unit Coordinator is:
Name: ______________________________________

Address: _______________________________________
City, Zip: ____________________

 Email Address Telephone: _____________________________
Email address: _________________________
We anticipate approximately _______ adults and youth participating.
Bags requested: _________

Return to: Your District Scouting For Food Chair or Bob DeWar in the GLFSC Office.
Chippewa: East – Willy Trumbull (, 586-359-7109) or
West – Dave Pranger (, 586-438-6210)
Mahican: Howard Hammes (
North Star: Ethan McClure (
Ottawa: USE Karissa Matson (
Mark Bentley (
Pon-Man: Rick Newill (
Renaissance: Gerald Heuer (
Sunrise: Michael Isopi (
Sunset: USE Richard Mazyck (

Scouting For Food is the most important community service project the BSA conducts in southeast Michigan. Thank you for helping.

Chippewa District Roundtable Thursday November 14 at 7 PM @ St. Isidore Catholic Church

Boy Scout Basics Crossword for Webelos and Scouts:    Here’s a crossword puzzle for Webelos working on their Arrow of Light award or for new Boy Scouts who are working toward their Scout badge. This puzzle has clues from the Boy Scout oath, law, motto, and slogan.

Our next roundtable will take place on Thursday November 14 at 7 PM at St. Isidore Catholic Church located at 18201 23 Mile Rd ( on the NW corner of 23 Mile Rd and Romeo Plank.)

Come early to meet members of the District Committee and Commissioner Staff

Cub Scout leader breakout

Boy Scout leader breakout 

Order of the Arrow

Plus lots of information to guide you through your Year of Scouting


Chippewa District Charter Turn-In Nights

The following  nights have been set aside for units to turn in their re-chartering paperwork, ask questions and turn in new applications:
    • Tues. 11/12 –  Panera Bread on Hall Rd – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Location: 14121 Hall Rd, Shelby Charter Twp, MI 48315)
    • Thurs. 11/14 – During Roundtable, 6:30 PM – 8:15 PM (Location: St Isidore Church, 18201 23 Mile Rd, Macomb, MI 48042)
    • Thurs. 11/21 –  Panera Bread on Van Dyke – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Location: 36808 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48312)
    • Mon. 11/25 – Panera Bread on Hall Rd – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Location: 14121 Hall Rd, Shelby Charter Twp, MI 48315)
    • Fri. 12/6 – Panera Bread on Van Dyke – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Location: 36808 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48312)
    • Tues. 12/10 – Panera Bread on Hall Rd – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Location: 14121 Hall Rd, Shelby Charter Twp, MI 48315)
    • Thurs. 12/12 – During Roundtable, 6:30 PM – 8:15 PM (Location: St Isidore Church, 18201 23 Mile Rd, Macomb, MI 48042)

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District Dinner Programs

Archive of District Dinner Programs (.pdf files)

Chippewa District Dinner Program 2018

Chippewa District Dinner Program 2017

Chippewa District Dinner Program 2016

Chippewa District Dinner Program 2015

Chippewa District Dinner Program 2014

Chippewa District Dinner Program 2013

Chippewa District Dinner Program 2012

Chippewa District Dinner Program 2011

Macomb District Dinner Program 2010

Ojibwa District Dinner Program 2010