Scouts on Mackinac Island

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts have been coming to Mackinac Island to act as the Governor’s Honor Guard every summer since 1929. President Gerald Ford was in the first group to serve. This is a wonderful leadership program that benefits Mackinac Island as well as the youth who participate. Pictured above is a troop at a flag ceremony outside the barracks.


Girl Scouts





First Lady Helen Milliken was instrumental in expanding this program to include the Girl Scouts in 1974. Kudos to the First Lady!




Boy Scouts



These dedicated troops serve as guides at Fort Mackinac and State Park buildings, raise and lower all flags in the State Park and city, help with tours every Wednesday at Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence, and work on Volunteer Service Projects.

The honor troops who serve in the Mackinac Island Service Camp program are hard-working, dedicated young people who make a difference in the community while having fun making great memories and life-long friends.


The season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day with each troop serving for one week. 2010 brought fourteen troops to the Island.

They transport all their food and supplies to the Island and reside in the Barracks located behind Fort Mackinac.

The evening brings time for scavenger hunts, skits, campfires at Greeny Grove, sports, endurance programs, and many other activities.


Insider Tip: The flags are raised every morning at 9:30 and retired each evening around 6:00 pm. These ceremonies are well worth seeing as they are performed with precision, respect, and honor.

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