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.

Artistry to Stitch About

Artistry to Stitch About is a Facebook group created in 2014 to reissue several popular, but discontinued Council’s Own programs. They also issued several sets (Brownie, Junior, and C/S/A) based on pop culture themes, such as the Hunger Games trilogy and Harry Potter. Despite their official-looking shapes, these are not council or GSUSA approved badge programs and should not be worn on the front of a vest or sash. To the best of my knowledge, the designers have not secured permission to replicate copyrighted images from books, movies, and television programs. Some of the designs are very pretty, though!

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Friendship Magic
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