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Boy Scout Troop MIHT168
(Port Huron, Michigan)
 
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Announcements - January 27, 2021 Update





January 27, 2021 - IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM OUR SCOUTMASTER

To all Mackinac Honor Scouts and their families,

To start off, I and the leaders of MIHT 168 hope all are well, safe, and healthy.

It gives me a sadness to write this, but our trip to Mackinac Island as Honor Scouts has been cancelled by the State again this year.  I feel bad for all of the Scouts and Leaders not just from our Troop, but all Troops that were going this year.

I have not yet spoken to the people in charge of the program yet, but as soon as I finish writing this note, I will be on the phone.

The only bright spot i read in the letter that I received from them is that if things open up as time goes by, the State may open up for troops to go.   I will let the State know that MIHT 168 will be ready to go any week that they would be willing to give us.   It's only a hope.  As of right now though, all is cancelled until hopefully something opens.

On a personal note, I think the State may have jumped the gun and should have waited a little longer before cancelling.   I believe it should have been up to each Troop to continue meetings and training as they were able to with safety measures.  Cancelling could have waited a little longer to see if anything was getting better.  I truly believe the State made this decision a little too soon.  With all that's going on in America right now, the young people (and even us older leaders) need to get back to getting together and being normal again, but that is just me.

Again, I am sorry for the cancellation, especially for the last year Scouts, but keep hope.  Maybe as the days go by, the State will reconsider and open the summer season back up.

If anyone has ANY concerns, ideas, or questions, please feel free to call me on my cell phone and talk to me or leave me a voicemail and I can call you back.   (Phone calls work better for me than emails.) 

If anyone needs their payments back, please let me know directly via cell phone.   I totally understand.

Let's keep our faith and prayers to get us going in a good direction.

Thank you.

Yours in Scouting,

Kirk Seibert
DUTY.  RESPECT.  HONOR

Cell Phone:  (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.



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.