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2022 Cub Camp Rally

For all Parents, Cub Scout Leaders, Cubmasters, and Pack Committee members.We are excited to be able to hold the 2022 Cub Camp Rally on January 25th at 7:00 PM!
All webinar attendees will be entered into a drawing for a Cub Scout Camping gift pack.
The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the webinar.  
Come and learn about all of the exciting Cub Scout and family camping opportunities to be offered by the Michigan Crossroads Council in 2022! Any leader or parent interested in sending their Cubs to camp this summer can register by clicking the link below.

2022 Leader Institute

Saturday, January 29
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Building on the hugely popular Cub Scout Leader Institute held last year, we are adding Scouts BSA classes and workshops for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters and Troop Committee Members, in addition to the Cub Scout classes and workshops for Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Pack Committee Members and Parents.We have drawn from our most popular Cub Scout-specific and Scouts BSA-specific University of Scouting classes and added some interactive workshops.Course materials and other resources will be available in OneDrive folders for you to download.

2022 North Star Cub Scout Fish O Ree

Thelma Spencer Park, Rochester Hills
Saturday 02-05-2022 11:00 AM ET to 3:00 PM ET

This event will go on regardless of weather.  Be sure to dress warm and bring extra clothing. Boots and gloves generally will get wet.

Make sure to bring your fishing pole.  Bait will be provided.

Event cost includes Hotdog, chips and hot chocolate.

Prizes will be awarded for: most fish, smallest fish, largest fish and the most creative Cub Pack banner. Your fish can only be entered in one category. Make your pack banner is big with bright colors, so your scouts and families can find your fishing unit!

Hodag: Scouts, BSA Klondike – Pon-Man Chapter of Mishigami Lodge

January 21-22, 2022 at Camp Agawam

No individual signups – You must register as a unit!

 $20 Per Scout/Webelos/Adult. $5 discount if registered before early bird deadline.

A one-day, one-night winter campout. Scouts will compete in Patrol/Crew/Den events emphasizing Scout skills, teamwork and spirit.Youth-led units compete to win the coveted Golden Coffee Thingy!

Webelos are invited to participate at the HODAG on Saturday ONLY. They MUST be registered with a Troop to attend.

For more information, contact John Pineau at

2022 Winter Stem Olympics

Saturday February 12, 2022 at D bar A Scout Ranch

The following activities are offered:

Cardboard Sled Racing (Individual and/or Team)Cub Scouts/Webelos Race
Scouts BSA/Venturing/Sea Scout Race
Snow Snakes
Winter STEM Activities leading Cub Scouts to work on Science Everywhere NOVA

2021 Silver Beaver Recipients

Three scouters in Chippewa District received the Silver Beaver Award for 2021. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest level of recognition that a scouter can receive at the local Council level.

Congratulations go out to:

Bill Berklich

Nick Britton

Chuck Coutteau

2021 Chippewa District Award of Merit Recipients


The District Award of Merit is the highest award an adult can receive at the district level. Congratulations to our 2021 recipients:

Renee Keech

Phil Moore

Eagle Scout Project Benefits Local Nature Sanctuary

On November 28, Eagle Scout candidate Michael of Troop 209 along with fellow scouts installed more than 50 feet of boardwalk and an amazing Adirondack bench at the Michigan Nature Association Wilcox-Warnes Nature Sanctuary in Macomb County.

Thank you Michael and fellow scouts for doing your part in preserving and improving our natural areas in Macomb County.

Chippewa Scout Units March in Mt. Clemens Santa Day Parade

Some of our Chippewa units participated in the Mt. Clemens Santa Day parade on November 20. Here are some photos of Pack 95 from Harrison Township. Thank you for supporting this community event and spreading cheer during this holiday season.

If your unit marched in a Santa parade this fall, please send photos to dputt5@ to be included in the chippy blog.

2021 Scouting for Food Patches

You can pre-order your scouting for food patches now at                                                                                                                                                                                

Patches will be shipped early January.  The order site closes on January 1st

Food Collection Results for the Metro Detroit Area

  • 152 units participated.
  • Estimated Scout participants = 2714
  • Estimated Adult participants = 1934
  • Total food collected = 110,532 pounds
    • Gleaners site results (total = 94,970 pounds)
      • Troy Boy Scout Shop                                               24,192 pounds
      • Arthur Gallhager Insurance                                   14,714 pounds
      • Weingartz Farmington Hills                                   10,667 pounds
      • Gleaners Detroit Warehouse                                   1,448 pounds
      • Plymouth Our Lady of Good Counsel                   15,457 pounds
      • Yad Ezra                                                                       7,000 pounds
      • Weingartz Utica (Macomb Food Program)         13,418 pounds
      • Macomb Food Program Warehouse                      8,074 pounds
    • Delivered directly local food pantries                                       15,562 pounds

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

Chippewa District Roundtable will be virtual

Thursday February 10, 2022 at 7 PM

Our February Roundtable will be a virtual event.

More details to come


Scout Discounts Available at These Events

New Eagle Scout Project Completed

Alex of Troop 209 with the help of members of his troop built and donated four picnic tables for the Y in Mt. Clemens.

Thank you Alex for supporting the Y and the Mt. Clemens community. Pictured with Alex (left) are his proud Dad (center) and brother (right).

Order of the Arrow Cross-over Ceremonies

I am John Ostrander, Chairman of Ceremonies for the

Chippewa Chapter of the Order of the Arrow.

I am contacting you on behalf of Chippewa Chapter to offer our services to perform Cub Cross-over to Boy Scout and Arrow of Light ceremonies at any upcoming Pack celebrations.  We are committed to the safety of your Cub Scouts and we are flexible to do either a modified online version of either ceremony or if permitted an in-person ceremony that will follow all appropriate COVID-19 guidelines.

If you are interested, please contact me at and also my adult adviser, Mr. Paul Hardy at, with a date and time you would like to have your ceremony.  Please give us at least 2 weeks notice prior to your event so that we can be prepared properly. 

Donations are not necessary, but we do accept any donations that you would like to make to the Chippewa Chapter.  These small gifts are used to ensure we have appropriate regalia and supplies for future events. 

Chief Pontiac Little Brave Program

An Outdoor Patch Program administered by the
Chief Pontiac Programs Committee
for use by all youth organizations including Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts,
Boy Scouts, Explorers, Venturers and other non – BSA Youth Organizations

Click on the link below to get all the information you need in earning all 18 Little Brave Segments

Questions? Send email to:

Michigan Badge

Earning the Michigan Badge is a great Stay-At-Home Project.

Please click on the link below to see the requirements and how to order the Michigan Badge

The Michigan Badge Requirements

Questions? Send email to:

How to Make a Snow Snake

Snow snakes are a fun wintertime outdoor activity following a Native American tradition. A Snow Snake starts with a one inch diameter dowel that is 3 feet long with steel weighted added for speed. You may carve and varnish the stick and prepare for racing down a snow-packed run. The Chief Pontiac Programs committee is selling snow snake kits for $5 each. Snow Snakes may be purchased in person at CPP sponsored snow snake events or ordered on line directly from the Chief Pontiac Programs Committee at : The CPPC store.

Link to How to Make A Snownake

Questions? Send email to:

Things to Know About BSA Restructuring

National 02/17/2020

The national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come.

While the word “bankruptcy” can be intimidating, it is important to know that Scouting programs will continue. Your regular unit meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place as usual throughout this process and for many years to come.

Studies prove and parents agree that Scouting helps young people become more kind, helpful and prepared for life, and as long as those values remain important to our society, Scouting will continue to be invaluable to our nation’s youth. Just last year, communities across the country benefited from more than 13 million Scouting service hours, and young men and women earned more than 1.7 million merit badges that represent skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives.

As you talk about the BSA’s Chapter 11 filing, this infographic outlines the three most important things to remember and convey. We encourage you to share this with your friends, families and Scouting community. There’s never been a better time to be involved in Scouting – and we should all share our pride in the movement! For more information about the BSA’s Chapter 11 filings, please visit

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

Is Your Unit Entering Their Service Hours?

Our scouts and leaders are involved in numerous service projects throughout the year. This month, our scouts are very busy with Scouting for Food.
Please make sure that you are recording your unit’s service hours on-line. It is an important component of your Journey to Excellence scorecard.
Don’t forget to enter Eagle Scout project service hours, as well.
Here is the website for tracking service hours: