Oak Forest resident Samuel Wingate is working on becoming an Eagle Scout with Troop 604.
His Eagle Scout project includes the creation of a chute, which is similar to a mailbox chute, for people to donate their flags to be retired. The second part of the project is the erection of a flagpole that will be used to fly the flags one last time before retirement.
“This project is regarded as the biggest step toward Eagle in scouting,” Wingate said. “This project is usually one of the last needed to reach Eagle. It tests your planning, organization and, most of all, leadership skills.”
Wingate, 17, said this project is important, but not for himself. He said he believes the community will greatly benefit from the proper care and retirement of the American flag.
Last week, Houston Fire Department staff from Station 31 came and helped erect the flagpole at the troop house, 2002 W. 43rd St. The chute is also located at the troop house. Wingate expects the project to be finished this week.
Wingate has been in Boy Scouts for eight years, which he said is a little longer than most due to him joining early.
“I personally love scouts because of all the great life skills that I learned along the way,” Wingate said. “It is very important to me to become an Eagle Scout because through it I can set a good example for others, bring all else before others in everything I do, and to help other people at all times.”