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Boy Scout Troop MIHT168
(Port Huron, Michigan)
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Dear Scouts and Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to Troop 168's 42nd year of service as the Governor's Honor Guard on Mackinac Island!  Our first Troop meeting will be held on January 8th at the Port Huron American Legion Hall from 12:30pm - 4:00pm.  The hall is located at 6th and Wall Streets in Port Huron.

The selection process for Scouts wishing to be a member of Mackinac Island Honor Troop 168 is consistent with the process used in prior years.  Scouts who were members in a prior year are selected first and have the right-of-first refusal should they wish to defer to a future year.  Some Scouts who were members in a prior year may be required to attend an interview process depending on the level of their performance in the previous year.  If additional Scouts are needed to fill the Troop, First Class Scouts and those Scouts with higher ranks will have priority followed by lower ranking Scouts in order of decreasing rank.  All potential new Scouts will be required to attend an interview process with the Troop's SPL and two adult leaders at the January meeting.  Each new Scout is required to bring their Boy Scout Handbook to the interview process.  Please understand, Troop 168 is an Elite BSA Honor Troop whose purpose is to perform honor guard duty, guide duty, State of Michigan service projects, and community service work on Mackinac Island under the rules and regulations established by the State of Michigan.  Only the most qualified Scouts demonstrating age maturity, honorable Scout qualities, and leadership skills are invited to attend.

The dates for this year's duty week are August 12th thru August 19th, 2022  Due to economic inflation, the total cost to attend is $200.00, excluding the cost for uniforms, gear, spending money, etc.  We are hoping this cost increase compared to prior years will be temporary for this year only.  You must bring your completed application to the first meeting in January.  The application must be entirely completed and signed by your parent/guardian AND your home Troop Scoutmaster including your initial deposit of eighty dollars ($80).  The deposit is refundable for new Scouts who do not pass the interview process.

In preparation for this year's week of service, there will be at least one Troop meeting per month through June.  The Troop's pancake breakfast and bake sale fund raiser will be held in April.  Attendance at all meetings and the April fundraiser is mandatory.  As a Troop, we must organize ourselves, get to know each other, learn conduct expectations and procedures, learn to work together, learn duty stations, and learn to march and raise/lower flags uniformly and distinctly as a Troop before we arrive on the Island.

Meeting Dates                                                       Payment Schedule
Jan 8, 12:30 - 4:00pm, PH American Legion                $80 payment due
Feb 5, 12:30 - 4:00pm, PH American Legion               $80 payment due
Mar 12, 12:30pm - 4:00pm, PH American Legion         $60 payment due
Apr 30, 6am-10am (Shift 1), 10am-2pm (Shift 2), Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale at the PH American Legion
May 7, 12:30 - 4:00pm   PH American Legion or Marysville American Legion, Uniform for Shake Down Inspection
Jun 11, 12:30 - 4:00pm, PH American Legion or Marysville American Legion

The Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale is the Troop's only fund-raising activity.  Each Scout is required to sell 10 Pancake Breakfast tickets.   All Scouts are required to participate on the day of the breakfast and must contribute at least one baked good item to the Bake Sale.

We look forward to an exciting week of service on Mackinac Island and look forward to having you attend!

Yours in Scouting,

Rob Rutkofske, Scoutmaster, MIHT 168
4586 Bricker Rd | Avoca, MI  48054 | (810)304-3122 | email:

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.


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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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