Local Scout Creates Retired American Flag Drop Box at Miami Township Police Department
Milford, Ohio (03/17/2021) — Local Scout Theo Week, who is a part of Scouts BSA Troop 468 of Trinity United Methodist Church in Milford, Ohio, was thinking about what type of service project he should complete while working towards the rank of Eagle Scout within the Blue Jacket District of the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America, when he saw a sponsored retired American Flag drop box when traveling. He ran the idea past his Assistant Scoutmaster Mrs. Barringer and his Scoutmaster Rob Salvucci who helped guide him on his project. The box was originally going to be a wooden box but decided that a weatherproof vinyl unit would work nicely. Unsure of where to put the retired American flag drop box, Theo met with Chief Mike Mills of Miami Township Police Department. Chief Mills put Theo in contact with Miami Township Police Department Lieutenant Ted Swain who guided placement to under the overhang beside the main Police Department door. After receiving approval on this Eagle Scout project idea from his Scoutmasters, Theo began the designing, planning and building of his project. Theo went through several design changes before settling on the final result which included hinge placement, adding handles, and replacing paint with wrapping the box with vinyl – thanks to Brad from Cincy Vinyl Wraps in Milford, Ohio.
Putting together an Eagle Scout project takes a lot of planning, organizing and leading others. Theo organized three work sessions in his garage and enlisted the help of Tom Olson as Carpentry Guide, as well as Scout Thad Olson, and other fellow Scouts also from his troop. Theo even had volunteered his father, Assistant Scoutmaster Ben Week, to provide refreshments for his crew. For many Scouts in Troop 468, this was their first experience working with tools and building a project.
Theo was recognized for his admirable Eagle Scout project on the Miami Township Police Department’s social media accounts. Theo humbly said that he is more used to being the ‘doer’ than the ‘Project Manager’ but “It was a great experience, and I learned a lot. Definitely couldn’t have done this without a great team behind me every step of the way.”
Rob, Theo’s Scoutmaster, stated that “while Theo’s Eagle project is impressive, what’s more impressive is how much he interacts with and supports our younger Scouts. Theo is incredibly patient, helpful, caring, and exemplifies what being a servant leader is all about. This says a lot about his character. And Theo’s character is what is most impressive.”
The Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America would like to thank Theo for his dedication, hard work and service to the community. Special thanks to Cincy Vinyl Wraps, Miami Township Police Department and to the Scouts who assisted Theo in his Eagle Scout project – job well done!