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Chippewa District May 11 Roundtable-7PM

The May roundtable will be held at the Disabled American Veterans hall located at 47326 Dequindre Rd., Shelby Township

Time – 7pm-9pm. (Please note, as a courtesy, we have a hard end time of 9pm as the facility will have a volunteer closing the place up behind us). You can arrive as early as 6:30pm if you have things you need to set up.

As always, please forward the invite to your unit’s parents as this is open to everyone.

New State of Michigan LARA requirements for Long Duration Scout Outings

-Are you going on a Activity that will span over 96 hours over a 14 day period of time (Including Travel Time)?

-Will you be camping (Staying) in Michigan?

-Is your Unit running the activity?

-Do you have youth under 18 years old participating?

If Yes, then you may need a Camp Program License from the State of Michigan’s License and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) group …

-State of Michigan ”Camp Program” License required of Units for all activities that are 96 hours + in Duration

-Applicable to all Youth Organizations – BSA, GSA, Etc …)

-For any program ONLY IN MICHIGAN that is not run by BSA (or where the camp does not have a LARA License)

-Units doing long term campouts, Isle Royale, NCT, Individual Unit Summer Camps, etc.

-National High Adventure Bases, Camps in other States not applicable

-Required if any participant is under 18 years old – If all participants are over 18, no License required.

-Only Required if Activity is in the State of Michigan – Private Property, State Parks, National Parks, etc …

-$100 License Fee per Activity (up to 100 participants)

-Required for Activities that are 96+ hours over a 14 day period

-Requirement has been in place since 2019 – Some MCC Units have been complying already

-MCC just now learning of the requirement for individual units from State of Michigan

-Adults participating are also required to have individual registry clearance (same as MCC Summer Camp, etc)

-MCC Camps already have these License. Only Adult registry required. 

-MCC is working with Programs like Mackinaw Island Honor Troop on requirements

-If working with an “outfitter” or non MCC Camp you need to check to see if they have a LARA License that will cover your Program – ex. Michigan Tech Treks

-This is all based on who is running the program / activity

-Check the LARA website (Below) for any required trainings – Wilderness First Aid for example

-MCC Unit survey in process to determine how many units are affected for 2023.

-Suggested Deadline for 2023 submission – May 1

-Consequence of non compliance TBD

-Consult LARA Website – Under Camp Program Application


Medieval Fantasy Weekend Adventure Needs Staff

June 2 to 4 at D Bar Scout Ranch

Calling all Knights!!!

Is your troop looking for an all expense paid weekend adventure to earn service hours!  Well you’re in luck!

Your welcome to attend one of our parent meetings prior to camp.

These meetings will be hybrid, you may join in-person or virtually.

When: Monday, May 15 @ 6pm

Where: Dauch Scout Center
               1776 W. Warren Ave.
               Detroit, MI 48208

When: Sunday, May 21 @ 1pm

Where: Dauch Scout Center
               1776 W. Warren Ave.
               Detroit, MI 48208

To join the meeting virtually please use this link:

This event is for Scout Reach ONLY and is not a camp open to the public!

Scoutreach is Hiring

2023 Silver Beaver Recipient

One scouter in Chippewa District received the Silver Beaver Award for 2023. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest level of recognition that a scouter can receive at the local Council level.

Congratulations goes out to:

Richard Witten

Silver Beaver recipient, Richard Witten (left); Chippewa Unit Service Executive, Paul Hardy (right)

Silver Beaver Recipients from Chippewa

Blast to the Past!

Map to Stony Creek: Ridgewood

Cub Scouts, Webelos, Scouts BSA, Venturers, & Sea Scouts

Information below will be posted as it becomes available

Get in your Time Machine and Blast to the Past!  Travel to the Past where you will encounter the challenges of the Space Race, challenge yourself in the Scottish Highland Games, Survive the Wild West, and avoid the scourge of the seas at the Pirate Cove. 

All activities will be based on the four areas The Space Race, The Scottish Highland Games, The Wild West, and the Pirate Cove.  Friday Night will include the Newly revamped Friday Night Tron Games where all the games are illuminated.

All participants registered by August 31, 2023 will receive this special patch.  Only those registered by 8-31-2023 will receive the patch.

Join the Fall Camporee Group and post photos and videos from the Camporee:

New Eagle Scout project at local nature sanctuary

For his eagle scout project, James of Troop 472 chose to install two bat houses and boardwalk for the Michigan Nature Association Wilcox-Warnes Sanctuary in Shelby Township. Thank you James!

Eagle Scout project benefits historical landmark

For his Eagle Scout project, Josh of Troop 209 presented the Loren Andrus Octagon House in Washington, MI with three “Aldo Leopold style” benches. The benches will be used for ceremonies in the gazebo at the historic landmark. Thanks Josh!

BALOO Training — May 6 & 7 at Camp Agawam

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, May 3, 2023.  No walk-ins will be accepted!
This overnight training introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct outdoor Pack activities, particularly camping. 
Ask a youth why they want to be a Cub Scout, and nine times out of ten they'll answer "to go camping." Cub Scouting has designed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training, so youth, along with their parents or another adult, can participate in a successful overnight camping experience.
Participants who complete this training course will:
Understand the focus of the Cub Scout level of the BSA outdoor program.
Gain the skills needed to plan and carry out a successful Cub Scout-level overnight activity.
Learn more about the resources available from the BSA for carrying out this activity.
All Packs are required to have at least one BALOO trained adult on every Cub Scout den or pack overnight outdoor event - including Pack Camping and Webelos Den overnighter.
You will need to bring your own personal and sleeping gear.  Prepare for any type of weather as you will be outdoors much of the time.   Please download the attached flyer which includes a gear list.
As of May 2017, BALOO training is now comprised of two components - an online component, and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a "Trained" Cub Scout outdoor leader, and to receive the BALOO recognition patch. The practical component is now an overnighter.
The online component contains introductory and basic information, and must be completed prior to the practical component.  The online portion of BALOO is available on the BSA Learning Center by logging into Go to the Course Catalog to add it to your Learning Plan.

Register Here:

Includes meals & materials

In order to go camping with Cub Scouts at least 1 adult MUST have BALOO training
Matt Jones 248.894.2129

Eagle ceremony display available for Eagle Court of Honor ceremonies

If you are scheduling an Eagle Scout ceremony and would like to borrow one of our Eagle Scout displays (see photo) please contact our District Commissioner, Dave Fowler, at or 586-533-9891.

Join a Sea Scout Ship unit near you

Sea Scout Ship 73, located in Chippewa District, is a GO! If you know youth 14 years or older OR if a Scout 14 and First Class. Please reach out to Matt Majchrzak, at or (586) 524-8462 for information. Fair winds and Following Seas!

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:

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District Dinner Programs

Archive of District Dinner Programs (.pdf files)

Chippewa District Dinner Program 2023
Chippewa District Dinner Program 2022
Chippewa District Dinner Program 2019
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

Silver Beaver Recipients from Chippewa

Chippewa District Award of Merit Recipients