2018-05-19 / People

Jack Kaminen Travels to State Capitol for Boy Scouts


Mackinac Island seventh grader Jack Kaminen represented the Upper Peninsula at the Report to the State in April. He is shown outside the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing Tuesday, April 24. (Photograph by Lisa Fountain) Mackinac Island seventh grader Jack Kaminen represented the Upper Peninsula at the Report to the State in April. He is shown outside the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing Tuesday, April 24. (Photograph by Lisa Fountain) Seventh grader Jack Kaminen joined a delegation of 19 Boy Scouts from around Michigan for the annual Report to the State Tuesday, April 24, at the State Capitol in Lansing. He was the only scout to attend the event from the Upper Peninsula. During the programming, Jack had the opportunity to speak with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and Attorney General Bill Schuette. Both are candidates for governor.

Scouts watched the legislative process in the Senate and House chambers while the lawmakers were in session. Jack said everything about the experience was great, and it was interesting to learn about the various responsibilities of government. The scouts deliver a “Report to the State” about scouting activities during the past year. This includes participation rates, revenue from popcorn sales, and the Governor’s Honor Guard on Mackinac Island. As a veteran member of the honor guard, he was able to offer insight into the activities on the Island.

During their meeting with Mr. Calley, the group learned about the budget process and how taxes are used to provide government services. Scouts also learned about the role of attorney general, which includes serving at the state’s chief law enforcement officer. Jack’s father, Cory, is a city policeman, and Jack said he thought it was funny that Mr. Schuette is technically his father’s boss. His mother, Carrie, who accompanied Jack to Lansing, noted the experience could inspire future public service in the scouts.

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