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WCSO Range hosts Eagle Scout Project: Gets new flag pole and landscaping

Cody Franklin, 16, of Tallahassee and a member of the Boy Scouts Troop 115 in Tallahassee, created an Eagle Scout project at the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Training Center and Range on Saturday, May 25.
Franklin and his fellow scouts built the WCSO Range a new flag pole while also landscaping the area in front of the facility’s office. Cody is home schooled and has lived in Tallahassee for two years after moving to Leon County from Naples.

 

To achieve the final rank of Eagle Scout, the scout must show that he can prove himself through leadership and helping the community.
The project followed several steps as Cody created the project in his own mind and contacted Sgt. Dale Evans at the WCSO Range to see if the project would work for the sheriff’s office. He took the potential project through an Eagle Scout committee who approved his plan.

His next step was to raise the funds necessary to pay for the project and organize the entire operation before going back before the committee a second time On May 25, Cody and his fellow scouts and scout leaders were joined by his parents, Tony and Dawn Franklin, at the range as they completed the project.
Landscaping and lights were included in the project and the old flag pole was converted for use at the entrance of the range to tell visitors whether the range is “hot” or “cold.” A flag ceremony was held at the end of the work day to note the completion of the project.

Cody was joined by his grandfather Ron Franklin and great-grandmother Frances Franklin as they worked near the blasts of guests using the various sections of the range.
Sgt. Evans said he was pleased with the maturity and dedication shown by Cody and his scouting friends. The Franklins are members of the WCSO Range and Cody said he wanted to do something to improve the appearance of the facility while also honoring America.

“I just wanted to thank Cody Franklin for his dedication and hard work to get our new flag pole and American Flag at the range,” said Sgt. Evans. “I also wanted to thank Boy Scout Troop 115 for their hard work assisting with the project. It will be nice to see the great job the guys did every day I go to work.”

Cody Franklin has a Facebook page that shows what it takes to become an Eagle Scout. It can be found on Facebook at: EagleScoutProjectofCody.

 

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