ADA, MICH. - Boy Scout Troop 290 will serve on the Governor's Honor Guard on Mackinac Island in the summer of 2018, and they want other local scouts to have that chance as well.
Each summer, a few Michigan scouts are chosen to be part of the honor guard. The opportunity includes a week of service projects, sight-seeing and exploring.
Although they have an important mission, the scouts look forward to this trip every year mostly for the camaraderie that develops over the week on the island. Some of the friendships made there last a lifetime.
"The program is so well-liked that there's a certain number that come back every year. Some of the boys have been back six years in a row," said Troop 290 Scoutmaster Ronald Gach.
"This is going to be my fifth year on the island and there's still a lot that I need to see," said Senior Patrol Leader Maxwell Gradisher.
The trip will run from June 9 through 16. Scouts will take a bus to Mackinac City and then they'll be ferried to the island. The trip is expected to cost less than $200 per person, which includes travel, meals, and a place to stay.
Eligible scouts must have the recommendation of their Scoutmaster to participate. Between 50 and 60 scouts will be selected for the Honor Guard.
The Governor’s Honor Guard has been serving Mackinac Island since 1929. President Gerald Ford was a scout in the first-ever guard.
"If he can do it, it kind of makes you think 'what can I do?'" Gradisher said.
To apply for the trip, visit Troop 290 of Ada's website.
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