Special COs

Mackinac Island Honor Guard

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Michigan Council have the opportunity to serve in the Mackinac Island Honor Guard. This prestigious program sends four patrols of 15 girls to spent seven days working on historic Mackinac Island. They work as guides, carry out service projects, conduct flag ceremonies, and can earn a special series of Council’s Own badges. The program was originally established in 1929 for Boy Scouts, but it was expanded to include Girl Scouts in 1974. Guard members are easily recognized by their distinctive white wool berets.

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I had the pleasure of meeting some of these young ladies as they waited to meet GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chavez as the National Convention in Salt Lake City in October 2014. The Girl Scout on the left created the Grand Hotel badge.