Local student earns Eagle Scout status

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published January 13, 2016

 Brendan Markwood stands in front of a set of shelves that he built for Shelby Township’s Boys and Girls Club for his Eagle Scout project.

Brendan Markwood stands in front of a set of shelves that he built for Shelby Township’s Boys and Girls Club for his Eagle Scout project.

Photo provided by Suzanne Markwood


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Dakota High School sophomore Brendan Markwood had quite the week to kick off the new year.

On Jan. 7, he celebrated his 16th birthday. Two days later, he participated in a Court of Honor ceremony to officially be named an Eagle Scout, and also on Jan. 9, Macomb Township commemorated his accomplishments by recognizing that date as “Brendan Markwood Day.”

“It’s nice that you’re able to have at least five minutes of fame,” Markwood said while reflecting on his big week. “I’m just grateful that I’ve gotten this far. I feel like I’ve been rewarded by getting the badge itself, but then everyone celebrates it and it just feels awesome.”

As a member of Troop 149, which is made up mostly of students from Dakota and L’Anse Creuse high schools, Markwood has earned 28 merit badges to qualify him for the Eagle Scout rank.

He also completed a project for the Shelby Township Boys and Girls Club to help organize one of the club’s storage rooms. Markwood has been going to the club for the past two summers, and felt that building shelves for a storage room would help the club greatly.

“I thought I might as well help them out with something,” Markwood said. “I remembered they have a kind of cluttered and messy back room, so I thought of building shelves for it.”

Markwood added that his grandfather provided a lot of the help for the project, which was funded primarily through a bowling fundraiser.

The road to earning the Eagle Scout rank took Markwood eight years to complete since the time he started as a Cub Scout. While amassing the various badges, Markwood said that his favorites involved swimming, canoeing, geology and robotics.

“I tried to push as much as I could over summers. I’ve earned the merit badges before they were required. I was earning my first badges while I was still second class, and I also earned three over summer camp,” he said.

Markwood also earned badges that required several months of work. He said that badges like personal management, which involves self-financial monitoring, or personal fitness take three months to accomplish.

To complete service requirements for the Eagle Scout rank, Markwood said he and his troop annually participate in a cleanup of Romeo Plank, and he has worked with a Gleaners location in Warren for the past three years.

In other endeavors, Markwood said that a computer design course at Dakota has especially caught his interest. On top of his school and scout work, Markwood has also earned a black belt in karate.

For his efforts in scouts and elsewhere, Markwood’s family home is scattered with framed letters from the likes of President Barack Obama and Gov. Rick Snyder, among others, which acknowledge Markwood’s rise to an Eagle Scout.

“We’re learning so many things that are helpful in our personal life; we’re making a difference,” Markwood said of his favorite part of being in scouts. “I really like the positive attitude of the scouts. We’re doing positive things, and you meet a lot of friends. You get recognized, so it helps you in future endeavors.”