scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Eagle question
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET
Sun Aug 20 2000 - 12:54:10 CDT
> Hi Folks
> No. 3 son has expressed an interest in collecting flags for retirement as an
> Eagle project. I know several of you have experience in this, so we would
> appreciate any input on how you made it work. Also I have a technical
> question - who is the beneficiary organization?
One of our Scouts did this as his Eagle project several years ago and wound up
with coverage in the May-June 1997 issue of Scouting magazine. He and his
helpers wound up collecting and retiring 466 flags.
We have another Scout conducting a similar project at the present time.
The beneficiary listed in his workbook is our city with the mayor as the
For several weeks, he and his helpers have been collecting flags by establishing
drop off points (Wal-Mart is one of them) and by contacting local civic groups
and service organizations. There has also been publicity on radio stations,
t.v. stations, newspapers and church newsletters. He also contacted a business
which sells flags and found quite a few old flags which customers had turned in.
After the collection process is complete, he and his helpers will conduct a
special ceremony during a troop meeting which includes a symbolic burning of one
or two flags. The remaining flags will be retried in a rural location.
Unfortunately, the "retirement" portion of the project is on hold as our county
and the neighboring counties have fire bans in effect as we've had very little
rain during the past two months.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
Advisor, Venturing Crew 405
I used to be an Owl (WM-62-2-98 @ Philmont)