Boy Scout Troop 625 and Venturing Crew 625 participated in a dedication ceremony with the Levelland Christian School on Thursday. The dedication ceremony was for the new Flag Pole and Cross Complex installed in the front of the school on Cactus Drive. The flags were raised by the Color Guard from Troop 625.
The new Flag Pole and Cross Complex features three thirty-two foot steel flagpoles, one each for the American, Texas and Christian Flags. Each Pole has an attached, etched aluminum plaque at eye-level with the pledge for its respective flag. A 18 foot tall steel cross was also fabricated, and installed in front of the flagpoles. The entire complex is illuminated for night display with LED floodlights.
The flagpoles and cross have been under construction and installation over the past year by Levelland Boy Scout and Venture Crew member Jeff Young II, a 15-year-old Whiteface High School Sophomore, who designed, fabricated and installed the complex with the help of his troop members, family and friends as a Community Service Project leading to completion of requirements for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended LCS from Pre-School through the 6th Grade before moving to Whiteface CISD. Many Levelland businesses contributed material and/or services toward completion of the project. The steel tubing for the poles and cross are recycled steel tubing from old parking lot light poles at the Levelland McDonald’s restaurant, who replaced their light poles during a remodeling project. The steel fabricating and welding was done by the Scout with help from his uncle. G & C Contracting in Levelland sand blasted, then painted the poles and cross prior to installation. Ingram Concrete of Lubbock/Levelland provided the concrete for the foundations, designed to support the structures through West Texas wind and storms. Independent Electric of Levelland dug the holes for the concrete foundations, and provided a crane for erection of the poles and cross on site. Levelland Clinic North and Dr. Jeff Young, the Scout’s father and Scoutmaster donated additional materials such as hardware for the flagpoles and the plaques that are in flag pole. George Price Funeral Directors in Levelland donated the first flags flown on the complex during this summer; these flags will be retired, encased and donated to the school.
Boy Scout Troop 625 and Venturing Crew 625 are a part of First Presbyterian Church’s youth outreach to the community. Dr. Jeff Young serves as the Troop’s Scoutmaster and the Crew Advisor. Anyone interested in the Troop, Venturing, or Scouting in general; or is interested in joining can contact the First Presbyterian Church or Dr. Jeff Young.