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Eagle Scout project brings new pole to CB High School
For more than a year, Joseph Baker helped raise the American Flag at the Colonial Beach High School. So it was no surprise when Baker decided to make adding a new flagpole his Eagle Scout Project.
Baker has raised almost $3,000 to fund the flagpole project and on Aug. 18 Baker lead the raising of the new pole at the Colonial Beach School Campus on First Street, placing the new pole next to the old, which was set in place in 1987.
Achieving Eagle Scout is the highest honor for a Boy Scout. It takes the ability to show leadership skills. Baker’s project involves re-rigging the current flagpole, adding a second pole, as well as replacing the American and State flags at the high school campus on First Street.
After having his project approved by the Eagle Scout Board, Baker faced challenges with fund-raising, obtaining council approval, securing the proper permits and purchasing the new pole and rigging.
His fundraisers and donations built up slowly, but the real challenge came when he had to assemble all his fellow scouts for the raising of the new flagpole.
Baker was facing a deadline for the project. He planned the pole raising during summer and in the middle of the town’s elementary school relocation to the high school campus. Construction at the school’s entrance was little more than an inconvenience in comparison with trying to coordinate the schedule of enough scouts to raise the flag during summer vacations and just weeks before school was scheduled to begin.
Baker is no stranger to scouting or helping out 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 public metal 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.
Scouts attending the pole raising from Baker’s troop 258 in Colonial Beach included, J. W. Musselman, Fletcher Lee, Parker Lee, Andrew Brown, Zack McMann and Caleb Parker. From Montross troop 252 Brothers Cameron and Jalen Ball attended.
A special thanks goes to bucket operator William Walston from RC Tree Service, who assisted with his rig to help raise the pole into place.