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Oakleaf's Deuschle to join 38 others at Eagle Scout induction ceremony

Annual event happening Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church

By Don Coble don@claytodayonline.com
Posted 2/2/23

OAKLEAF – Ean Deuschle's first idea for his Eagle Scout project was to create a display to commemorate Orange Park Elementary's 100th anniversary. But when the school didn't show much interest in …

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Oakleaf's Deuschle to join 38 others at Eagle Scout induction ceremony

Annual event happening Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church


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OAKLEAF – Ean Deuschle's first idea for his Eagle Scout project was to create a display to commemorate Orange Park Elementary's 100th anniversary. But when the school didn't show much interest in the project, he had to develop a new idea.

After meeting with the Sons of the American Revolution, he had another good idea. This time, it worked.

Deuschle built an American flag retirement box for Hagan Ace Hardware on Blanding Boulevard. It helped him achieve his goal of earning his Eagle Scout status and gave the county a proper way to retire old flags.

"I had an amazing interaction with the Sons of the American Revolution," Deuschle said. "I asked what I could possibly do that might be able to benefit them. They offered suggestions like doing a flag ceremony and building a flag retirement box since a lot of people around town have no clue what to do with their flag, so it ends up just they get thrown away. That's tough. There's a better way to do it. That's honestly disrespectful to the American flag."

Along with 38 other Eagle Scouts, Deuschle's work will be recognized Saturday night when they will be inducted into the highest rank in scouting. The Bartram Trail District ceremony will be at Sullivan Hall at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Fleming Island.

Deuschle's Eagle Project consisted of designing and building a large free-standing collection box for American flags needing to be retired. He also hosted an educational community American flag retirement ceremony where he retired more than 200 flags that he had collected.

Deuschle graduated from Oakleaf High, and he's now studying Astrophysics at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

All 39 Eagles, including six girls, will receive proclamations and certificates of accomplishment from several public and community organizations. They also will get their white neckerchiefs and a five-year membership in the National Eagle Scout Association.

To reach the rank of Eagle Scout, members must earn at least 21 merit badges.

The Bartram Trail District consists of scouts from Clay, Bradford and Putnam counties.

Dinner and induction will start at 7 p.m.