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Girl Scout Caitlyn Baskins, to serve as Senior Patrol Leader of Mackinac Island Governor’s Honor Guard

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Caitlyn Baskins receives her Senior Patrol Leader cords from MIGHG Troop #609 Director, Brenda Coleman. Photo courtesy of the Baskin Family.

Manchester Girl Scout, Caitlyn Baskins, was recently recognized as Senior Patrol Leader for Mackinac Island Governor’s Honor Guard (MIGHG) Troop #609. Caitlyn is in her sixth year as a scout in MIGHG Troop #609. As the Senior Patrol Leader, Caitlyn is responsible for the overall organization and conduct of the troop of 56 Girl Scouts. She works with the troop’s Junior Leadership scouts with training of new scouts and ensuring the rules of the program are followed. She is also the marching leader for the scouts that raise and lower the flags in the downtown area of Mackinac Island. Caitlyn was the first Manchester Girl Scout to be a member of MIGHG Troop #609. Manchester Girl Scouts Paige and Quinn Bourland also joined her as scouts this year in MIGHG Troop #609. The troop’s week of service is August 5 – 12.

The Mackinac Island Governor’s Honor Guard is a scouting program open to Michigan Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. There are thirteen honor guard scout troops in Michigan, six of which are Girl Scout troops. During the summer, these troops serve on the island for one week, are responsible for raising and lowering the 26 flags on the island, and serve as guides at the fort and downtown historic houses. The scouts also complete service projects during their week on the island. The troop is a girl-led program with older scouts teaching new scouts how to march, fold flags, perform guide duty, and kitchen patrol.

Girl Scout MIGHG Troop #609 is based out of Saginaw, Michigan and is in its 39th year of service on the island. Girl Scouts from 6th through 12th grade can apply to be a member of Mackinac Island Governor’s Honor Guard Troop #609. Troop #609 will be on Mackinac Island from August 5 – 12.

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