The Fenton Township Board of Trustees passed a resolution honoring a 13-year-old Fenton Township resident for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
Damion Ketchmark, 13, called into the conference call meeting Monday, July 27 and thanked the Board for its support.
He sent the Board a letter about his achievements.
“This letter is to request a Resolution for Achieving Eagle Scout Rank through the Boy Scouts of America. I am a 13-year-old, Caucasian-African American Boy Scout with Rivers North District, Water & Woods Council, Troop 212 from Fenton, Michigan,” according to the letter.
His Eagle Scout project was to build four warming cubby units, consisting of 24 individual cubbies per unit, for the Catholic Charities Center for Hope. The 96 units will be used for the homeless people in Flint.
As of 2018, only 6.49 percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle
Scout, according to the letter. The average age of achieving the Eagle Scout rank is 17 years, 127.8 days. Less than 1 percent of Eagle Scouts are African American.
Scouts must earn 21 merit badges, demonstrate scout spirit, leadership and service to the community.
“On April 29, 2020, at the age 13-1/2 years, I earned my Eagle Scout Rank and also earned over 52 merit badges. In addition to my merit badges and my rank advancement within my Scout Troop, I have held the position of both Chaplain Aid and Patrol Leader,” Damion wrote in the letter.
Damion maintained an A/B average throughout middle school at St. John’s School, where he played three sports. He will attend Powers Catholic High School in the fall. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor won’t be set until after the COVID-19 pandemic is under control, according to the letter.
Fenton Township Supervisor Bonnie Mathis said she’s very proud to say she’s known Damion for his whole life and that he comes from a “wonderful” family.
“I’m very proud of you personally and I’m proud of you being a Fenton Township resident,” she said.
A section of the resolution reads, “Damion has truly exhibited a commitment to the principals of Scouting and has consistently conducted himself in exemplary fashion on his journey to becoming an Eagle Scout … the Township Board of the Charter Township of Fenton hereby applauds the diligence, determination, and dedication of Damion Ketchmark in pursuing the highest honor awarded by the Boy Scouts of America and extends its heartiest congratulations to him on the occasion of his attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.”