Michael Burkett, front, coordinated the building of a set of benches for Grace Church in White Lake as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Michael Burkett, front, coordinated the building of a set of benches for Grace Church in White Lake as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Photo provided by Kurt Burkett


Twins earn Eagle Scout at same time

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 6, 2018

 Matthew Burkett earned the rank of Eagle Scout after building an in-ground tetherball court for Grace Church in White Lake.

Matthew Burkett earned the rank of Eagle Scout after building an in-ground tetherball court for Grace Church in White Lake.

Photo provided by Kurt Burkett

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A pair of West Bloomfield Township twins have earned the rank of Eagle Scout — together. 

Michael and Matthew Burkett, students at West Bloomfield High School, both earned the highest rank in the Boy Scouts in May. The two were honored for their achievement May 6 by Troop 160, their home troop. 

“It (feels) pretty great,” said Michael Burkett. “I’m glad that we had the opportunity to get (to the rank).” 

The twins’ father, Kurt Burkett, said that it’s been a long road for the twins, who have been involved with the Boy Scouts since they were 11. 

“They’ve been working on (becoming Eagle Scouts) for many years,” he said. “It’s been a long road. ... It’s a big deal. They put in a lot of work.”

The twins both had to earn 21 merit badges, as required to become an Eagle Scout. Merit badges are earned based on activities within a certain area of study and allow Scouts to learn about new subjects or continue learning about subjects they enjoy. 

The twins also had to complete a community service project. The two are very involved in the White Lake-based Grace Church youth group, so they wanted to give back to the church. 

“I was very happy to help the church,” said Matthew Burkett. “It’s a wonderful church, and it’s been great working with them.” 

Matthew Burkett built an in-ground tetherball court, which required 119 volunteer hours for planning, fundraising and installation. Michael Burkett spent 172 volunteer hours building a set of cedar benches for the church’s courtyard. 

Both projects were completed in August 2017. 

Both brothers plan on continuing to be active in their troop. Scouts can continue to earn merit badges after achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, earning a Bronze Palm award for five additional badges and a Gold Palm award for 10 additional badges. 

“Even after Eagle, there’s a lot of stuff you can do,” said Michael Burkett. “That’s what we’re looking at doing now: helping out younger Scouts, doing what we can.” 

Michael and Matthew Burkett will be seniors at WBHS in the fall. They are both interested in going to college in the future for computer science and game design.