Boy Scout Troop 476 is pleased to announce that Michael Brockman has earned the prestigious Eagle Scout Rank. Michael graduated Valedictorian of Fremont High School last Spring. He is attending Northeastern University in Boston, where he will be in the Honors Program studying Mechanical Engineering.
Ever since joining Cub Scouts in the first grade, Michael set his eye on the goal of earning his Eagle Rank. Then on August 16, Michael and his parents stood proudly in front of friends and family during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor celebration. In addition to earning 31 merit badges, Michael also earned three religious emblems for his Roman Catholic faith. As a Cub Scout, he earned the “Parvuli Dei” faith emblem, then as a Boy Scout, he earned both the “Ad Altare Dei” and “Pope Pius XII” emblems. He and his family have been long-time parishioners of Church of the Resurrection, Sunnyvale.
According to the Troop’s Religious Emblem Coordinator, Bob Wedig, earning a faith emblem is voluntary and may take as long as 6 to 8 months to complete. The faith formation program gives boys the opportunity to share their Catholic faith and practice his religion among peers while receiving guidance and feedback from trained counselors.
The Eagle Rank is the highest achievement and honor in boy scouting. Each scout must fulfill requirements in the area of leadership, service, outdoor camping, personal fitness, environmental conservation, and successfully complete an Eagle Service Project for their community.
For his Eagle Scout community service project, Michael was asked by the high school administrator to build five wooden benches for the school’s main office lobby. The new wooden benches are more aesthetically pleasing and a much better use of space. To help him with his project, Michael looked to his first Troop 476 Scoutmaster, Dave Low who was instrumental in helping him complete this project.
Michael has the following advice for younger scouts, “Push yourself to keep trying new things, while at the same time be aware that the clock is ticking. You only have until your 18th birthday to complete the requirements for Eagle and to experience all the amazing things Scouting has to offer. Take part in as many scouting programs as you can, because you will learn new skills and experience unique things with each one.”