Troop 1565 installs 100th Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Bradley Mowell stands on the bridge he helped construct for the West Port Madison Nature Preserve for his Eagle Scout project. - Photo courtesy of Douglas Mowell
Boy Scout Bradley Mowell stands on the bridge he helped construct for the West Port Madison Nature Preserve for his Eagle Scout project.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Douglas Mowell

Bainbridge Island Boy Scout Troop 1565 had several hundreds of things to celebrate Saturday.

Bradley Mowell was invested with the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor at Island Center Community Hall at 3:30 p.m. May 18.

Mowell is Troop 1565’s 100th Eagle Scout. And by coincidence, he has earned his Eagle rank during the Boy Scouts of America Centennial Year — which also happens to be the 100th anniversary of the charter for Bethany Lutheran Church, the troop’s sponsoring organization.

Mowell, 18, was born in Seattle and is the son of longtime island residents Douglas Mowell and Mary Morton. He has lived in the Meadowmeer area his entire life and joined Troop 1565 in 2007 and has been an active member ever since.

In 2009 Mowell was elected to the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s honor society for serious campers. Following his initiation he became a member of the T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge. In 2011, Mowell led members of his troop on a week-long outing at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Scouting has been beneficial for Mowell, he said.

“Scouting has helped me with leadership and confidence,” he said. “It will stay with me. I’m not sure if I will stay active with scouting in college, but I might be a Scout leader later on.”

For his Eagle Scout project, Mowell coordinated the replacement of the wooden footbridge at the West Port Madison Nature Preserve.

The previous bridge, which crossed a 12-foot wide ravine on the only trail through the park, had deteriorated to the point where it was a safety concern.

Mowell prefabricated a new bridge at home and transported it to the site in pieces.

The fledgling Eagle Scout will attend Western Washington University in the fall where he plans to major in computer science. He also hopes to study music.

Mowell has had quite a bit of experience there, as well. He plays trumpet in the Bainbridge High School Jazz Band, marching band, pep band and jazz ensemble. As a trumpeter in the brass quintet, Bainbridge Brass 5, he competed at the Washington Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble State Championship competition in Ellensburg.

He has also played solo trumpet with the Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church choir for the last couple of years during their Easter services for the performances of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.

His musical skills are no surprise to his fellow Scouts, however.

Mowell has served as the troop bugler for most of his scouting career.

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