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The Daily Flag News—November 21, 2007

The news round-up today focuses on young people.

The 4-H youth programs still flourish in the areas where I grew up. There was an active group at every school and they participated in many national events. This story is about a local meeting and the importance of the American flag.

The Fergus Falls Daily Journal – 4-H’ers learn about flag
jasminerochool-madisonrocholl.jpgCitizenship was the focus of the recent monthly Carlisle-French 4-H Club meeting. As the meeting was held on Veteran’s Day, a presentation was given regarding the American flag. Club members learned flag history and flag etiquette. Each member present was given a flag and the flag folding ceremony was performed, with members learning the proper way to fold the flag.

Club officer Matt Grant led the club in flag folding, which he recently learned at a 4-H youth leadership camp.

Girl Scouts have a unique perspective into the lives of young ladies growing up. This article is about leadership and those young girls, seeing the world through different eyes.

The Citizen, Auburn NY
auburngirlscouts.jpg“Our initial research shows that for girls leadership is about the qualities one has, rather than about a specific role or function, and is often viewed as a clear means toward an end – to make a difference in the world,” says Judy Schoenberg, director of Research & Outreach for the Girl Scout Research Institute.

What leadership means to girls:

Girls view leadership as clear means toward an end, to make a difference in the world.

Many girls do not resonate with the traditional hierarchical leadership model. Girls view important leadership qualities as being a good listener, building consensus and ensuring that others are included, engaged and involved.

Two Eagle Scout projects involving flags and flagpoles in this story. It shows the commitment these young men have to serving their communities, and that is a good focus for an Eagle project.

The Enquirer – Scouts build flagpoles
benlongshoreeagleproject.jpgJeff Poore, 16, a junior from Conner High School, planned and coordinated the construction and landscaping for new flagpoles for the high school’s athletic field. The original flagpole was in disrepair and needed to be replaced, Jeff said.

He and a crew of 12 volunteers from the troop prepared space for three poles, one to fly the American flag, one for Kentucky’s state flag and one to wave the school’s colors.

He started planning the project in December.

Ben Longshore, 14, a freshman at St. Henry High School, learned in June that the Baptist Towers in Covington wanted a flagpole to fly the Stars and Stripes for its residents.

Ben began making plans.

He gathered donations from neighbors, relatives and his parents to fund the project. He purchased stepping stones and fire-engine-red Knockout rose bushes for the landscape surrounding the pole. He coordinated 15 volunteers to help with construction.

“Lynn Fessler from the Baptist Towers told me that 75-80 percent of the residents are veterans. I was glad to be able to do something for them, for what they did for us,” Ben said.

The origins of Scouting are in England where 100 years ago, Lord Baden-Powell started the first program. During this Centennial year of 2007, there have been many celebrations around the world. This one is at the heart of where Scouting began and will feature special flags from around the world.

Twins flag up 100-year milestone for world’s Scouts – Lancashire Evening Post
jadeandholly.jpgTwin’s Jade and Holly Whittle are flying the flag for Scouting.
Jade, from Deighton Avenue, Leyland, has been chosen to represent South Ribble at the 100 Years of Scouting celebrations being held at the Dome in London later this month – and she’ll be carrying a flag designed by sister Holly.

More than 1,000 scouts from all over the world will attend the event and will display the flag of their region.

The flag Jade will carry is the result of a design competition open to hundreds of scouts throughout South Ribble and won by Holly.

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