As the public health crisis loomed larger in public consciousness, local members of Marshall County’s Troop 10 of the BoyScouts of America have been working on public service projects so that they can earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

On Monday, March 16, Life Scout Kyle Haggerty presented a proposal to the Marshall County Board of County Commissioners to build a flag-retirement box and place it on the courthouse grounds, neartheveteransmemorial.

Haggerty, a 15-year-old freshman at Kingston High School, had seen a need for a placefor members of the communityto deposit worn out flags in need of retirement, and at their regular business meetingMondaymorning, addressed the Commissioners and obtained their unanimous approval.

In order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, one requirement is that a Scout must perform a community service project for some organization outside of Scouting.

While he can accept help either from fellow Scouts or others in the community, the project must be supervised and controlled by the Scout himself.

Now that he has the approval of the Commissioners, Haggerty must get a final design approved, get the box built and then get it placed before he can receive his Eagle rank.

“Kyle has shown a great deal of initiative, drive and maturity in bringing this project forward” said his father and Scoutmaster Michael Haggerty. “I have complete confidence in his ability to complete this project and become an Eagle Scout.”

Other Scouts from Troop 10 have recently completed projects for their Eagle rank. Madill senior Bryce Gambel upgraded exercise stations around City Lake, while Kingston junior Ryan Haggerty repainted the resurfaced parking lot for the Madill Church of Christ. Several other members of Troop 10 who are on the verge of earning their Eagle rank are looking for projects in the area.

“We have a number of young men who have achieved a great deal in Scouting, and who arelooking for projects in this area. We would urge anyone who feels theyhave a need that a Scout can fulfill with this type of project to get in touch with us so that we can present that to our Scouts as an option to give back to our community,” says Scoutmaster Haggerty.