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


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