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Boy Scout Troop MIHT168
(Port Huron, Michigan)
 
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Announcements - Updated 12/26/18


SPECIAL NOTICE

TO ALL RETURNING MIHT 168 SCOUTS FROM 2017 AND 2018

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT DUE TO AN OVERWHELMING INTEREST IN NEW SCOUTS WISHING TO BECOME MEMBERS OF THE TROOP, IT IS LIKELY THE TROOP BE FULL AT AND THE ROSTER WILL BE FINALIZED AT THE FIRST MEETING IN JANUARY.

 

The Troop’s first meeting is January 13, 2019 at the American Legion in Port Huron. If you plan on continuing your membership in MIHT 168 in 2019 and attend the Troop’s duty week on Mackinac Island July 27 thru August 3, 2019, all returning Scouts from 2017 and 2018 MUST attend first meeting in January to secure your spot as the Troop roster will be finalized on that day.

You must CALL Mr. Seibert by phone ASAP if you have any questions or concerns on this matter. Please, no emails.

 

Kirk Seibert, Scoutmaster     810-765-2892


2019 Troop Meeting Schedule

New for this year! All Scouts will receive comprehensive training for honor guard duty and guide duty prior to the Troop's departure for Mackinac Island.  The training sessions will be presented over each meeting date shown below. All Scouts must attend each training session in order to qualify as a Mackinac Island Honor Scout.


Jan 13th 12:30-4:00 pm PH American Legion

Feb 3rd 1:00-4:00 pm PH American Legion

Feb 24th 1:00-4:00 pm PH American Legion

Mar 10th 1:00-4:00 pm PH American Legion

Mar 24th 1:00-4:00 pm PH American Legion

Apr 7th 1:00-4:00 pm PH American Legion

Apr 28th 6:00 am-2:00 pm Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale PH American Legion

May 19th 1:00-4:00 pm PH American Legion (Bring complete uniform for shake down inspection!!)

Jun (TBA) 1:00-4:00 pm location to be announced




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.