Leadership Flag Plaza
The Allsop Outdoor Education Center was constructed in 2001 and since that time it has become the home to a wide variety of Scouting and community functions, many of which are leadership training courses, including Wood Badge Scout Leader training. An important part of Scouting is ceremonies and almost without exception activities start and end with a flag ceremony. During the first Wood Badge course held at the Allsop Center in 2003 the staff observed that a proper set of outdoor flagpoles was needed for this centerpiece of the camp operation and the idea took root. Although these leaders agreed on the need for flagpoles, cost was the issue. One of the points of the Scout Law is ‘a Scout is thrifty – he pays his own way’ so funding needed to be secured to make the idea a reality.
In good leadership fashion the group brainstormed ideas and eventually decided that the net proceeds from the annual Wood Badge Dinners (started in 2005) should be applied to
the project. By the spring of 2009 the project moved from brainstorming to formal planning, and the vision expanded from flagpoles to include a plaza. Another important change then took place.
The concept of the brick plaza evolved as the project leaders thought about the concept of a Scout is thrifty. They recognized the importance of not only planning for today but for the future of Scouting and the critical role our camp plays in the success of Scouting locally. Each inscribed brick in the plaza represents a contribution directly into the Council Endowment Fund.
There is no rule for who can be recognized, either youth or adult, as long as they have some connection to Scouting and that they set a positive example for others. After all, that’s what leadership is all about. Next time you’re at camp make sure you visit the Allsop Outdoor Education Center and admire the new Leadership Flag Plaza
The plaza consists of 1500 red concrete paver bricks, each 6” x 9”, that can be inscribed.
Leadership FLag Plaza Order Form - Word Doc.