Chapter 1: GETTING READY TO GO!
A Matter of Money
Other Things to be Prepared For
The Mackinac Island Scout Service Camp
The Mackinac Island Scout Service Camp began in 1929 when eight Eagle Scouts served for the month of August. Included in the group was Gerald Ford, who later became 38th President of the United States. In 1937, the Scout Barracks was used for the first time. The building was then enlarged and modernized in 1961 and again 1962. Eagle Scouts served exclusively until the early 1940’s, when all Boy Scouts were allowed to participate. In 1974, the program again changed to allow Girl Scout troops to participate. Girl Scout Troop #1463 from Grosse Pointe, under the leadership of Betsy Martin, was the second girl troop to attend the Scout Service Camp. The troop has continued to give service every year since, though it is now under the number #327. Approximately 13 Michigan Boy and Girl Scout troops serve the Island each year.