This site describes my Eagle Project from 2011. The project goals were to educate the community on the proper care of our American flag and to send pocket flags from Pocket Flag Project to our military soldiers on the front lines.
UPDATE: In May 2012, this project was awarded the 2012 Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award (Council Level)
Pocket Flag Project's mission is to "get as many pocket flags as we can into the pockets of our military personnel on the front lines. We want them to know that we care and that we keep them in our hearts and our prayers." The Pocket Flag Project began in 2001 and 2011 was their 10th anniversary. In honor of this, I wanted to work with local schools and my community to complete one box of flags for each year. Each Pocket Flag Project box contained 300 pocket flags. In the end, this meant folding and distributing 3,000 pocket flags to our troops. Each flag was placed into a small plastic bag with a card that reads, "A flag for your pocket so you can always carry a little piece of home. We are praying for you and we are proud of you. Thank you for defending our country and our freedom."
Another part of my project was fundraising activities to purchase the flags from the Pocket Flag Project and to cover the costs of shipping each box to the troops overseas. At each activity, I had a flyer on proper flag etiquette. I hoped that not only will people support the cause, but would learn the proper way to care for our flag. As unfolded flags were purchased, I worked with students at local elementary schools and local cub scouts organizations to have others learn proper flag etiquette and fold a flag for a soldier. Although not originally part of the project, I had the honor and privilege to attend several deployment ceremonies in Wisconsin to personally distribute many of the pocket flags.
Although the Pocket Flag Project benefited, the real people who benefited from the project are our military soldiers on the front lines. Each pocket flag is just a small reminder that freedom is not free. It was my hope when each soldier received one that they know that people do support them for standing up for values like justice and freedom.
This project grew from Cottage Grove to Delafield to Milwaukee to Georgia to all points around the world. I really don't feel I can call it 'my' project. It belongs to so many now. This project was such a privilege and honor to be a part of. I am very proud of my leadership and very humbled to this day by all of the support this project received. Thank you to all those involved!!
(see the highlights section for other details about the project)