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Sparta scouts replace torn flags to benefit community

Sparta scouts replaced a dozen flags in their community. Courtesy photo.

For more than a century, scouting has been serving communities. Now, Scouts across the nation are embarking on a Summer of Service to help our communities. Earlier this month, Scouts in Sparta went door-to-door to replace torn, tattered, and missing American flags while also conducting flag ceremonies for members of the community.

This project was coordinated in tandem with this year’s Freedom Cruise, which is a daylong event in support of Finish the Mission Veterans Relief Fund. According to their website, “Finish the Mission Veteran Relief Fund is dedicated to West Michigan veterans by developing strategic partnerships and resources to enhance their quality of life, remembering their sacrifice through ceremony, and acknowledging their service through events and community outreach.” On the evening of August 16th, Troop 704 of Sparta, replaced nearly a dozen flags and replaced them with brand new ones. The American flags collected that day will be properly retired in a ceremony with Scouts BSA Troop 704 and the Sparta American Legion.

“I was proud to put the flags up for the community. Also, I felt good to represent the Scouts and I was happy how the people who owned the homes felt,” said Aidan DuPont, an 11 year old Tenderfoot Scout in Troop 704. When asked why projects like these are important, Darci Nanzer, Committee Chair of Troop 704, explained that “it’s about giving back to the community while also giving the Scouts an opportunity to see what needs there are in the community, and it reacquaints our citizens, our community leaders, and our Troop with each other. So, the community knows the Scouts are there for them.”

This is one of many projects Scouts across the country are embarking on as part of the Summer of Service, a national initiative designed to encourage the members of the organization to “give back” at a time when a spirit of community service is needed more than ever. The Scouts will be concentrating their service projects on four main areas: promoting health and wellness, protecting the environment, supporting neighbors in need, and improving local communities. If this sounds fun, sign up for Scouting today! Visit BeAScout.org to find a Scouting unit near you

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