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(Port Huron, Michigan)
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Announcements - May 7, 2020 Update


Scouts of MIHT 168 and Parents,

The leadership of the Honor Troop hope you are all well and safe as we try to get through this pandemic.

To keep us all updated, if you have not already heard, the Mackinac Island State Parks have cancelled the Scout Service Camp for this year.  

The State feels the living conditions of the Scout Barracks are too close for social distancing.  The Dining Hall,Showers, Sleeping Quarters, Bathrooms are designed so that everyone would always be close proximity to each other and Scouts and Adults would not be able to follow the recommended guidelines.    (The State has even cut back on State Employees returning to the Island to prevent too many overpopulating their living quarters and buildings.)

I wish all of this could be different, but the decision I am sure was hard to come by.

All Scouts that had signed up to go this year will be invited back next year, unless they will have aged out.   Any monies paid for this year can remain with the Troop and used for next year, or you can call me and let me know and I will get a check in the mail to you.    If you have any applications out that have not been turned in, please mail them to me as that will help me make out the mailing list for next year.

The State is trying to come up with a way to have the Honor Scouts be able to visit the historical sights with complimentary passes for them and their families.   When I get more information on this, I will pass it along.

Again,I am sorry for what has happened to not just our Troop, but all Troops and the entire Scout Service Camp program this year.   

I am TRULY sorry to all of us whose time this year would have been our last as a Boy Scout with MIHT 168.   I with this year could have been different.

As always, please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns about what has happened, and please make sure to send me any outstanding applications or paperwork that is still outstanding.

Thank you.

Yours in Scouting,

Kirk Seibert
583 Rochelle Court
East China, MI  48054

Cell:  (810)765-2892


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.

  • 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.


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 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

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


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

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