Mackinac island scout services troop 127
Governor's honor scouts
Every summer, Mackinac Island accommodates around 50 Michigan Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts each week during the summer. The program began in 1929, when the State Park Commission invited eight Eagle Scouts to serve as the honor guards for the Michigan governor, including young Gerald R. Ford - 38th President of the United States of America. Then in 1974, the program was expanded to include Girl Scouts. The Scouts raise and lower the flags at the Historic Down Town buildings and in Fort Mackinac, serving as guides, and complete a many service project during their stay.
drum and bugle corps
For the past number of years MISST 127 has included a Drum and Bugle Corps as one of it’s patrols. The Corps plays patriotic songs from the fort and over Marquette Park to the downtown each morning and afternoon just before the flag ceremonies and twice daily in the fort on the parade grounds.
The island is the location of Mackinac Island State Park, which covers about 80 percent of the island and includes Fort Mackinac and portions of the island’s historic downtown and harbor. Motorized vehicles have been prohibited on the island since 1898, with the exception of snowmobiles during winter, emergency vehicles, and service vehicles. Travel on the island is either by foot, bicycle, or horse-drawn carriage.