With the raising of a 25-foot flagpole, Boy Scout Caleb Heffner, of Troop 158, is a step closer to turning in his application to become an Eagle Scout.
Heffner, a 15-year-old Lassen High School sophomore, is the son of Nancy and Scott Heffner.
Wanting to do a project that would help the community and have a lasting impact for his Eagle Scout project, Heffner came up with the idea to help place a flagpole at the Honey Lake Valley Community Pool on South Street.
The location of the pole is close to his family. Both his mom and brother, Ethan Heffner, work there, and Caleb is part of the Lassen High School swim team.
Naturally, the placement was a no-brainer, especially since the location didn’t have a flag yet.
“It needed to be done,” the Boy Scout said.
After much preparation and the help from various people in the community, the flagpole went up Monday, June 3.
“I’m happy to see him do something that’ll last in the community,” his mother said.
Numerous people and business assisted Heffner with donations and help putting in the pole.
An anonymous donor supplied the pole and Bruce Davie donated a veterans casket American flag. The Lassen Municipal Utility District, TnS Concrete, Billington Ace Hardware, Payless Building Supply, the Monticola Club and Larry Wolfe also assisted with the project.
The road to becoming an Eagle Scout requires applicants to earn a certain number of merit badges and serving in various positions of responsibility, among other requirements.
“Since 1912, the Eagle Scout rank has represented a milestone of accomplishment — perhaps without equal — that is recognized across the country and even the world. Those who have earned the Eagle Scout rank count it among their most treasured achievements. “Eagle Scout” is not just an award; it is a state of being. Those who earned it as youth continue to earn it every day as adults. That is why an Eagle Scout is an Eagle Scout — not was,” according to the Boy Scout of America website.
Heffner will host a flag raising ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, for anyone interested in attending.
Upon finishing his project, Heffner will send his Eagle Scout application to review.
** This post was updated to include the flag raising ceremony date and time.