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Fly a Flag, Support the Scouts

‘Flags Over Rockwall’ Fundraiser Supports Local Scouts Troop

(ROCKWALL, TX — June 26, 2019) This Independence Day, Boy Scouts Troop 83 of Rockwall invites residents to show their patriotic pride and fly a flag through their Flags Over Rockwall fundraising program.

Six times a year, the Troop 83 scouts plant large U.S. flags in the yards of program subscribers all throughout Rockwall. For a $35 annual subscription, folks can purchase a flag measuring three feet by five feet on a 10-foot pole to be placed in their yard during the following holidays: President’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans’ Day.

As Troop 83’s primary fundraiser, the Flags Over Rockwall program has garnered a ton of support from the community. The troop currently places 500 flags in neighborhoods around the county, including The Shores, Buffalo Creek and Woodcreek. The funds raised from the flag program serve the troop by helping to pay for transportation costs to campouts and other outdoor activities, as well as supplies such as rank badges for the scouts.

Troop 83 Scoutmaster Alan Curry said he’s always amazed at the amount of folks who ask for flags each year. He said they’ll often have neighbors come up and ask for flags whenever the scouts are out on the weekends planting them in yards.

“People want to be patriotic and support our troops, and our Flags Over Rockwall program is a great way to do both,” Curry said.

Not only that, the program has also been instrumental in teaching the scouts respect for the colors. Each scout in Troop 83 participates in placing flags at least twice a year.

For more information or to subscribe to the Troop 83 Flags Over Rockwall program, email Troop83Flags@yahoo.com.

About Troop 83 Rockwall

Troop 83 was founded in May 1975 by Wayne and Joyce Fisher and chartered by the First United Methodist Church in Rockwall (1200 E. Yellow Jacket Ln). Troop 83 is part of the East Trinity Trails District and Circle 10 Council, with 50 scouts and 30 active adult leaders in the troop. Throughout the year, the scouts enjoy lots of exciting outdoor-oriented activities such as camping, rock climbing, swimming, water sports, tubing, backpacking, fishing, hiking, cave spelunking and cooking.

The goals of Troop 83 are the same as those established by Boy Scouts of America:

  • To build character and moral strength
  • To foster citizenship, and
  • To develop physical, mental and emotional fitness

To learn more about Troop 83, visit a troop meeting on Monday nights at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Rockwall (Building A, first floor) or email Alan Curry at alan.katura@sbcglobal.net or Joe Crayne at joecrayne@verizon.net.

By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News. Courtesy photos.

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