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June 13 Roundtable is a Picnic

Please attend our Chippewa District Roundtable Picnic on Thursday June 13

The June roundtable will be held at the Packard Proving Grounds located at 49965 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Twp

Things to bring:

A dish to pass

Beverage

Camp chair

Please arrive by 7 PM.

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

Summertime Cub Summer Adventures Are Coming Near You

Chippewa, Blue Water and Sunrise districts are hosting three summer adventure activities for cub scouts this summer.

June 22 FANUC Robotics Rochester Hills 9 AM to 3 PM

July 20 Memphis Lions Club Field Memphis 9 AM to 3 PM

August 11 D bar A Scout Ranch Metamora 9 AM to 3 PM

(Please note that the event at D bar A on August 11 was originally scheduled for August 10)

You can register for all 3 events or just one or two events. This is a great opportunity to complete requirements for rank.

The first event will be held on June 22 at FANUC in Rochester Hills. Scouts will be able to complete S.T.E.M. requirements while taking a tour of the FANUC facility and having fun operating robots inside the FANUC facility, decorating and racing snowsnakes (snowsnake kit is included in registration) and making plaster casts.

The second event (Cubs of Sherwood Forest) will be held at the Memphis Lions Club Field on July 20.  BB guns, archery, sling shots, putt-putt golf, water bottle rockets are some of the events to be held that day.

The third event will be held on August 10 at D bar A (Wild Wild West). In addition to BB guns, archery, panning for gold and fishing, scouts will have the option of horse-back riding for an additional $15.

Registration is $30 per event or if you register for all three events the cost is only $80. Participants should bring their own lunch. T-shirt and patch will be provided for all registered youth.

Registration information: https://scoutingevent.com/272-CSSummerAdventurehttps://scoutingevent.com/272-CSSummerAdventure

Scenes from our 2024 Chippewa District Pinewood Derby

Chippewa District held it’s first pinewood derby in almost 14 years on Saturday April 27 at the Romeo Methodist Church. Congratulations to all of the scouts that participated. Here is a photo of our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall winners.

Scenes from our Chippewa District Dinner held on April 30, 2024

More than 80 Chippewa leaders, scouts and family members attended our 2024 District Dinner at Crank’s Enchantment Banquet Facility.

It was a grand event. Marlene Wicklund, Dave White and Kazar Terterian received the District Award of Merit. Phil Moore and Kevin Wicklund received the Silver Beaver Award. 20 unit leaders received the Unit Award of Appreciation.

Scouts with Special Needs Roundtable Presentation (ScoutsBSA and Venturing)

Dave Putt gave a presentation about Scouts with Special Needs at the March Roundtable.

Fun and More Fun at the March Chippewa District Roundtable. This is how scouters celebrate pi day.

Did you miss the fun at the March Chippewa Roundtable? If so, I hope you will be in attendance at our next roundtable at the Packard Proving Grounds on Thursday May 9.

New Troops 1197B and 1197G for Scouts with Special Needs

Scouting is for everyone no matter their ability. We have two new troops forming in our area for scouts with special needs. Troop 1197 B and 1197 G are chartered with the O.A.T.S. program in Ortonville, MI.

O.A.T.S. stands for Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles. The program is built around riding and caring for horses as a means of overcoming physical, intellectual and learning disabilities as well as spectrum, behavioral and multiple co-existing disorders.

For more information about these new troops, please contact Doug Rohrabaugh at 586-209-7608 or drohrabaugh@gmail.com or Dave Putt at dputt5@yahoo.com.

Want to learn more about scouts with special needs and disabilities? There is a national roundtable taking place on March 6 via zoom. Here is the link to attend.

National Special Needs and Disabilities Committee Roundtable
Date & TimeMar 6, 2024 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID822 7865 5769

Central Registry Clearance Needed for Summer Camp Attendance and Visits

See below for the link to the request form for Central Registry Clearance. This form is required in Michigan in order for adults to visit Summer Camps. It is best if you fill it out now and email it in for review and approval. We will need a copy of your approval when it is returned. Thank you for your participation in this effort.

Camp Organizations and Children’s Campsites             

Camp organizations and children’s campsites requesting a Central Registry clearance on employees or volunteers who are 21 years of age or older must complete the BCHS-Camps 001, Request for Central Registry Clearance form and submit it to the Bureau of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

Mail, Fax, or Email all requests to:

LARA-BCHS
Adult Foster Care and Camps
P.O. Box 30664
Lansing, MI 48909

Fax: 517-284-9709
Email: LARA-BCHSAFCCampclearance@michigan.gov
Phone: 866-685-0006

P 517.940.4210 | C 517-945-2290 

don.shepard@scouting.org| www.michiganscouting.org 

Upcoming Changes to Cub Scout Advancement Program

There are changes coming in 2024 to the cub scout advancement program. This slide presentation was presented by Pat Zimmerman at the University of Scouting on January 27, 2024. Be prepared to implement these changes to your pack advancement program. Changes to the program begin with slide 17.

Chippewa units participate in Wreaths Across America

We would like to recognize these units from the Oakland and Macomb County area (BSA Troops 1093G, 185B, 185G, 209, 810, 366, 123, 60, 40, 255, Crew 4255, Packs 141, 182, 135, 149, 83, 124, 106, and GSA Troops 77199, 75200, 423) for their participation in the Wreaths Across America event that took place at multiple cemeteries on Saturday December 16. These are just some of the units from across the nation from Boy Scouts and Girls Scout that were participating in this program.  Their commitment to service, respect, and remembering our fallen heroes through wreath-laying ceremonies exemplifies the highest ideals of scouting.

It is with immense pride that we acknowledge the efforts and dedication displayed by each Scout involved in this noble cause. Your enthusiasm and willingness to give back to the community have not only touched the lives of the families of our nation's veterans but have also inspired others to follow in your footsteps.

The values of honor, duty, and community service that the Scouts embody are a testament to the positive impact that youth can have on society. Your participation in Wreaths Across America reflects the spirit of selflessness and compassion that defines the scouting movement.

As leaders, mentors, and role models, you have demonstrated the importance of actively contributing to the well-being of our communities. Your involvement in Wreaths Across America serves as a beacon of hope and a shining example of the positive change that can be brought about through collective action.

Thank you for upholding the principles of scouting and making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Sincerely yours in Scouting,

Dan Welsh and Paul Hardy

Boy Scouts of America

Open Spots for 2024 Philmont Trek with Troops 188B and 188G

Troops 188B and 188G were able to procure two Philmont crews for 7-day treks in 2025.  Specific dates include flying to Denver 6/12/2025, arriving at Philmont 6/13/2025, departing from Philmont, and flying back to Detroit 6/21/2025.  

At the current time, they have four or five spots available to fill out our crews.  Scoutmasters Chris Gumz and Belinda Taft agreed that we can open up these available crew slots to other local Troops.  Intent is to give opportunities to Troops who might not otherwise have enough attendees to go to Philmont.  This is an extra special opportunity because we can offer these slots to either boys or girls.  One of our crews will be either all girl or mixed depending on how we are able to fill out the open crew slots.

For more information contact Dan Drill at daniel.drill@gmail.com

2024 Cub Resident/Overnight Camping Programs

Cub Overnight Camp

Cub Scout Overnight Camp is an amazing adventure for any Cub Scout.  Cub Scouts spend 2-3 nights at one of our amazing camp properties with their Packs doing all those “camp things” that they enjoy and love.  Depending on the camp, Cub Scouts may participate in fishing, swimming, archery, BB gun, bouldering wall, crafts, hikes, and of course – camping!

DETAILS:
Who: Teetonkah: Tigers – Bears; D-Bar-A: Tigers-Webelos
Register as: Pack, Den, Cub/Parent Combo
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Price: See pricing table below Webelos

Cub Scout Camp Schedule

Camp LocationCamp WeekStart DateEnd Date
D-Bar-A Scout Ranch (Tigers-Webelos)Cub Scout Summer Camp 16/16/20246/18/2024
D-Bar-A Scout Ranch (Tigers-Webelos)Cub Scout Summer Camp 26/23/20246/25/2024
Camp Teetonkah (Tigers-Bears)Cub Camp Summer Camp 17/7/20247/9/2024
Camp Teetonkah (Tigers-Bears)Cub Camp Summer Camp 27/11/20247/13/2024
Gerber Scout Reservation (Tigers-Bears)Cub Camp Summer Camp 17/14/20247/16/2024
Gerber Scout Reservation (Tigers-Bears)Cub Camp Summer Camp 27/18/20247/20/2024
Camp Teetonkah (Tiger-Arrow of Light)Cub Combined Camp 17/14/20247/17/2024
Camp Teetonkah (Tiger-Arrow of Light)Cub Combined Camp 27/19/20247/22/2024

Webelos Overnight Camp

Webelos Overnight Camp is an amazing adventure for any Webelos/Arrow of Light.  Similar to Cub Scout Overnight, Webelos register, attend and camp with their Pack.  Depending on the camp, Cub Scouts may participate in fishing, swimming, archery, BB gun, bouldering wall, crafts, hikes, and of course – camping!

DETAILS:
Who: Webelos – Arrow of Light (4th – 5th grade in the fall)
Register as: Pack
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Price: See pricing table below

Webelos Camp Schedule

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Upcoming Changes to Troop Advancement

As of January 1, 2024, the following changes to Scouts BSA requirements become effective.

Rank Requirements:   

There were minor changes to Scout (req, 6), and Star (req. 6).  

 The Cyberchip has been phased out.  Scouts should use the Personal Safety Awareness training

at https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/scouts-bsa/  for both Scout and Star ranks.  

Eagle Palms:

Scouts BSA will no longer have to wait three months between Eagle Palms.  They will have to

earn five additional merit badges and live by the Scout Oath and Law.  

Merit badge with significant changes to content are:

•  Automotive Maintenance – updated to include electric/hybrid vehicles (1c,d,e,f,g,h)

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World Conservation Award for Cub Scouts–New requirements released

There have been some changes to earning the World Conservation Award. Please to the following link to review the requirements.

https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/512-03622-CS-World-Conservation-Award-App.pdf

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…
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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!

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 davidfowler123@comcast.net 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 matthew.majchrzak@gmail.com 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: info@chiefpontiacprograms.org

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: info@chiefpontiacprograms.org

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: info@chiefpontiacprograms.org

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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