Michigan Sees Historic Moment As Two Girls Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

Two high school students from Grand Rapids, Michigan, have made history. Kimani Brame and Phoenix Moyer are among the state’s first Black girls to earn Eagle Scout level.

The Scouts group, formerly known as Boy Scouts, began allowing girls in 2019, according to People.

“We did not plan to be among the first. We didn’t know that we were one of the first until my ceremony when they actually talked about it,” Moyer disclosed.

“When we were doing our project, earning all of the merit badges, we didn’t know. That was not even a thought in our minds. We were just doing what our dads encouraged us to do as Scout leaders, and what our older brothers did anyway.”

“We knew that there’s not a lot of Black female Scouts, but we didn’t even think that we’d be newsworthy. We had no idea,” she quipped.

Brame and Moyer received high praise not just from their Scout peers, but also from noteworthy figures such as Congresswoman Hillary J. Scholten, the first woman to represent Grand Rapids’ district.

In a video obtained by WOOD-TV, the Congresswoman expressed her respect for the new Eagle Scouts, stating that she understands how it feels to achieve an accomplishment that breaks down boundaries and pave the way for future generations of women. She expressed enormous delight in their accomplishment.

State Representative Phil Skaggs, who presented Brame with a tribute at her induction, publicly praised the Eagle Scouts’ pioneering achievement on social media.

“It was an honor to present an official Tribute of the State of Michigan to Kimani Brame on her induction as an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America,” Skaggs wrote.

Reflecting on her feat and the plaudits she’s received, Brame said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of acclaim, saying, “It’s insane to me. I did not expect this to happen at all.”

She went on to state that she felt genuinely honored to have reached this milestone, saying, “I feel so honored to be someone who did this, and to have the honor of being one of the first.” It’s very essential to me.

Moyer, for her part, remarked that Scouting has a transforming effect on participants, saying, “It kind of does change you as a person.”

She stated that, while the transformation is not immediate after obtaining the status, the path itself teaches essential lessons about self-discovery, interpersonal skills, and navigating the world.

“It makes you a different and a better person, and it teaches you that you can do hard things. I’ve done so many things I never thought I’d be able to do,” Moyer added.

To gain the Eagle rank, a Scout must complete merit badges and other requirements, such as a unique community service project. According to WGVU, Moyer established a native plant garden at her church, and Brame organized a feminine hygiene closet at the local women’s resource center.

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