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(Port Huron, Michigan)
 
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Announcements - March 6, 2021 Update





MARCH 6, 2021 - IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM OUR SCOUTMASTER

To Mackinac Island Honor Troop Scouts and Families:

I hope this finds you all safe and well.

I am really having a hard time drafting this letter.

The State of Michigan, its leaders, and Mackinac Island Scout Service Camp has, for the second straight year, cancelled the Scout Service Camp.    I know their interest is in keep all safe and healthy, but with our State re-opening up a little more all the time and with over two months to go before opening the camp, I believe cancelling is a mistake.   Our Troop's Adult Leadership also sent a safety proposal to the State for their review that we believe would have allowed the camp to open, but in a different fashion.   The State's Safety Task force spent time reviewing our plan, but ultimately decided they still were not able to reopen the camp.

I realize soon that other Mackinac Troops would not have wanted or have been able to attend, but I was still hoping that the State would open the camp for those that would like to participate.  I feel the youth in America need to try and get back to something normal and I was hoping and praying that this was a great step ahead.  I do pray that your home Troops are trying to meet and work with the Scouts.

I am sorry for the older Scouts again.  I know what a last year means to you all.  The different days with different activities.

Other than letting you that the State has decided to cancel the camp this year, all other thoughts are my own.  I don't want to offend anyone, and if so, I apologize.  

Please keep your emails open.  I may try and have a meeting later this summer just to stay in touch, especially for the last year Scouts.

Again, I am sorry for this news, but hopefully things are getting better and next year we can all get together in January.

Yours in Scouting,

Kirk Seibert
Scoutmaster, MIHT 168

DUTY.  RESPECT.  HONOR


Mackinac Island Honor Troop 168 is based out of Port Huron, Michigan andserves as Governor’s Honor Guard and Fort Mackinac Guides for a weekeach summer. Founded in 1981, the Troop has allowed more than 1,500 BoyScouts from Michigan to experience the thrill of accomplishment andcommunity service while serving at the Mackinac Island Scout ServiceCamp.



MISSION STATEMENT
  • To serve the State of Michigan, the Governor, the community of Mackinac Island, and the Island’s tourists and visitors.
  • To uphold the highest Duty, Respect, and Honor of the Troop.
  • To have the highest standards of appearance, conduct, and performance of duty.
  • To treat the Scout Barracks as our house and the Island our home; we will take care of all as we would our own.
  • To mature and have fun.

The scouting program’s mission is to prepare young people to makeethical and moral decisions over their lifetimes by instilling in themthe values of the Scout Oath and Law. Many young men learn the value ofleadership and service as members of Mackinac Island Honor Troop #168.Our troop has it’s own saying, “Duty, Respect, and Honor”, representingour duty to Mackinac Island State Park, respect towards our country, andthe honor that comes with being the Governor’s Honor Guard.




MACKINAC ISLAND SCOUT SERVICE CAMP INFORMATION


Boy Scouts began serving as the “Governor’s Honor Guard” on Mackinac Island 80 years ago. In 1929, the Vice Chairman of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission obtained approval authorizing the appointment of eight Eagle Scouts as the first honor guard in Fort Mackinac. Future president Gerald Ford was a member of this inaugural group of Scouts. Joining him were fellow Eagles from across the state, including Joe McIntosh from Port Huron.

Scout barracks on Mackinac Island.

When the first group of Scouts reached Mackinac Island, they stayed in the Fort Mackinac Barracks. In 1934, as a Civilian Conservation Corps project, Scout Barracks were built just outside the fort walls. In 1974, the program was expanded to include Girl Scouts. Port Huron area boys began serving on the island starting in 1981.

Duties on the island include raising and lowering flags each day, serving downtown and in Fort Mackinac as guides, and doing a variety of service projects to better Mackinac Island State Park. Lodging is at the Scout Barracks located behind Fort Mackinac. However, it is not all work and no play. Scouts keep themselves occupied by playing games and working on merit badges at the barracks or exploring what the island has to offer. There is always something to do on Mackinac Island!

Scouts Returning from Flag Duty

MACKINAC ISLAND INFORMATION




Mackinac Island is located in Lake Huron on the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac between, Michigan’s pristine Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Mackinac Island is a popular tourist attraction and summer colony. Much of the island has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration; as a result, the entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. It is well known for its numerous cultural events; its wide variety of architectural styles, including the famous Victorian Grand Hotel; fine dining; downtown pubs and entertainment; sightseeing; hiking; horse and carriage transportation; and its ban on motor vehicles. More than 80 percent of the island is preserved as Mackinac Island State Park which includes historic Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes. For more information, visit http://www.mackinacparks.com


Marquette park and the Straits of Mackinac seen from the fort.

SCOUTING INFORMATION


The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

Locally, the Michigan Crossroads Council serves scouts in lower Michigan. Troop 168 is located within in the Blue Water District of the Water and Woods Field Service Council. For information on the scouting program in Michigan, visit http://www.michiganscouting.org.

For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.