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Project Flagpoles will help Baker make Eagle Scout

For over a year, Joseph Baker has helped raise the American flag at Colonial Beach High School. So it was no surprise when Baker decided to make replacing the flagpole his Eagle Scout Project.

Baker is no stranger to scouting or helping the community.

Throughout his ten years in scouting, Baker has earned several badges, and in tenth grade, he won a philanthropy contest. His winning project resulted in a metal public bench being placed at the site of the World War I and II Veterans’ Memorial that houses the names of Colonial Beach residents who gave their lives serving their country.

Baker’s current project entails replacing the current flagpole, adding a second pole, replacing the American flag and the Virginia flag, and adding a Town of Colonial Beach flag. Baker also is negotiating with school officials and the school’s art department to create a Colonial Beach Schools’ flag.

The mechanisms that hold the rope are not working well, and are falling apart. On a few occasions, the rigging has come loose, leaving the rope blowing in the wind until he could repair it.

Joseph has already obtained a new American flag and a Virginia flag, but needs to raise money for the rest of the project, which is estimated around $2000.

Minor landscaping will be added around the poles, such as circular bricks with mulch, and maybe a few perennials.

The Eagle Scout Board has approved his project, so he can begin fundraising and collecting donations.
Baker began in Boy Scouts at the age of 7 as a Tiger Cub. He has come a long way, and is now a senior at Colonial Beach High School.

Donations for Project Flagpoles can be dropped off at the Colonial Beach High School. Baker plans to conduct several fundraisers with his troop, #258, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Jim Musselman, to raise the money.

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