Welcome to SCI - Michigan

A Leader in Protecting the Freedom to Hunt
and Promoting Wildlife Conservation Worldwide!

The Michigan Chapter of Safari Club was only the third chapter to form in 1973, when the international organization began. The Michigan Chapter is one of the largest chapters in the world, and proudly acknowledges four International Presidents who originated from our fraternity.

Michigan Chapter News

Blue Bag Program (Safari-Care Bags)

Blue BagMuch of the SCI’s budget is dedicated toward assistance for those who are less fortunate. Internationally, SCI is increasingly recognized not only for its support of hunting and conservation but also for its humanitarian efforts. The Blue Bag program assists in continuing this positive regard for SCI. 

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Congratulations Joe on your 2021 SCI Award!

During the Spring board meeting at Safari Club International, President Scott Chapmen presented the current Michigan Chapter President Joe Pedersen with a Presidents award.

Joe was recognized for his work at the Michigan Chapter and as a member of the Membership and Chapter development Committee of Safari Club International. Joe was also recognized for his work on fund raising at the local and  International level. Joe says “he was humbled and honored by this unexpected recognition and that he looks forward to more great things for Safari Club” In addition to this award Joe was elected as the Region 19 regional representative for SCI.


American Wilderness Leadership School

Nestled in the beautiful Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackson, Wyoming, the American Wilderness Leadership School (“AWLS”) provides the perfect atmosphere for educational programs. Established in 1976 with the vision of providing educators with a useful hands-on experience that they can bring home to their classrooms, AWLS has provided an accredited wildlife management program for 5,473 primary and secondary teachers. The school offers six dates each summer for these fun and exciting eight-day sessions. Some of the topics covered include wildlife conservation and management, endangered species and outdoor ethics, ecosystems, economic contribution of sportsman in conservation, outdoor survival and the shooting sports – firearm safety, shotgun, rifle, and archery. Participants also enjoy a whitewater rafting trip on the Snake River.

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Blue BagMuch of the SCI’s budget is dedicated toward assistance for those who are less fortunate. Internationally, SCI is increasingly recognized not only for its support of hunting and conservation but also for its humanitarian efforts. The Blue Bag program assists in continuing this positive regard for SCI. 

The Blue Bag program extends healthcare, educational and/or recreational supplies to needy areas of the world. This program is a rewarding activity (just ask some of our fellow members who have been involved) in which every chapter member can participate even though they may not be traveling to a remote area to hunt. Donation of items or monies toward defrayment of expenses allows all members to be involved. 


Keep in mind: You must consider you may be traveling to a location where there may or may not be trained medical personnel. Also, they may or may not be able to read or understand the labeled instructions.

One of the most valuable resources may be your professional hunter (PH).  They should be able to tell you what is appropriate for the people in the area you will be visiting. They also should be able to update you concerning any recent customs issues.

Airlines may charge additional fees for extra luggage. Our Chapter has money allocated and available to defray some of the expense for the bag-toting members. For more information, please contact a board member.  This also provides an opportunity for others to participate in an important way. On some trips it is possible to condense gear or limit "nice but not necessary items" thus remaining within the allowable luggage guidelines. If asked, your travel agent may intercede with the airlines and have the “extra” luggage fee waived due to the humanitarian nature of your mission. Another option is to pack the Blue Bag in your luggage and purchase supplies, if possible, after arriving in your destination country.  A third option is to buy a cheap suitcase, fill it with materials you want to take, pack the bag in your suitcase and then fill the bag with your materials once you have reached the destination where you will be distributing the goods. (You can make someone happy by giving the suitcase away if you wish.) This will prevent someone from usurping the bag at the airport.  There are countries who do not allow used clothing to be brought in (as an example South Africa).  They, on occasion, have confiscated the contents right then and there, bag and all.  Each country’s customs  is different so please contact me and I will try to assist you in determining the proper items and method of delivery.

Any medicine used inappropriately could be very dangerous.  Medicinal supplies should be dispensed only under the supervision of trained medical personnel.  As an example: something as common as toothpaste could be dangerous.  Its taste may cause a child to think it is candy.  Non-medical supplies such as educational, recreational, and basic personal care items are also welcomed.  See attached list for some possibilities.

Our Chapter has several Blue Bags which you are welcome to take. Please contact our Humanitarian Chair, Denny Sprick, to reserve your bag.

Businesses that are often willing to make donations include Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Meijer. They will usually give you a gift certificate that can be used on any store items.

Positive public relations for SCI and hunters in general, and the Michigan Chapter in particular, is another desirable outcome of this program. We should strive to receive as much beneficial press as we can.  In this regard, feedback should be noted. Members should take photos and keep notes resulting from their Blue Bag experiences.  From this, articles can be developed for news stories in local communities, Safari Times, Safari magazine, as well as our own Tracker publication. We would love to upload your blue bag photos to our website.

Let’s help generate a positive attitude toward hunters while helping those who are less fortunate!

The following information is a compilation derived from health care professionals, professional hunters, and members who have experienced safaris in remote areas.

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Medically Supervised Items *   Non-Supervised Items **
Acetominophen (reg/children’s) eyeglasses school supplies
Ibuprophen (reg/children’s) shoes/socks  maps/atlas
Aspirin hats pens, pencils, paper
Fungal infection creams shirts sports equipment
Eye/ear ointments toothbrushes toys
Upset stomach medicine trash bags mosquito netting
Anti-diarrhea medicine (tabs/liquid) portable water filters mosquito repellant
Vitamins (adult/children’s) needle and thread cloth/fabric
Anti-itch creams  rope/twine/string crayons/markers
Skin rash creams fish hooks and line coloring books
Water purification tablets antibacterial soaps scissors
Burn ointments adhesive bandages/gauze pins – straight/safety
Triple antibiotic cream plastic bottles shampoo
Toothpaste alcohol wipes candy
Rice powder (anti-diarrhea) disposable gloves glue sticks
A&D or zinc ointment dental floss colored paper
Powdered formula tote bags camera
Anti-histamine (anaphylactic) rulers SD cards
Antacids sanitary napkins batteries or charger and adapter
(should be included with the camera)
Stool softeners    

*   Generic brands are much less expensive.
** Keeping in mind the possible necessary medical supervision, feel free to add other items to the list. Contact Craig Bade, MD at (616) 405-3800 (C)

Creating more harmony in the world through knowledge and understanding can only promote goodwill.

Remember, that the hunting fraternity is shrinking worldwide while the number of anti-hunters is increasing in organizational sophistication and funding which is dedicated to the demise of hunting. When you are in a remote area, you are an ambassador of the United States, a member of SCI, and a representative of hunting. We need to leave positive impressions. The Blue Bag is one way to make a lasting and endearing impact.  You won’t believe how good this will make you feel!

Denny Sprick, Humanitarian Services Chair
11155 Bennett Street, SE
Lowell, MI 49331
(616) 897-5668
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October Meeting

 Camo Night

Wear camouflage & get 1 extra door prize ticket.
Also our annual membership drive... Bring a guest (one non-family member) for free!

Sue Ellen McCleary presents...
My Summer Vacation...
Texas Style!

It is very important that we give The Pinnacle Center an accurate attendance so that we have enough food & table settings!
Call or Email Don Dixon (616) 676-0305 or
Please: Make Reservation before Monday, October 3rd.


Chapter member Jody Simpson (who is blind) shows what it takes to get it done on MOOD TV!!

Chapter of the Year!

Elk poaching tipsters split $1,000 reward

Upcoming Events

Camo Night
6p - 8pm
Red Plaid Night
6p - 8pm
Christmas Dinner
5p - 9:30pm

SCI Foundation SCI Foundation SCI Education - Sables

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