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Boy Scouts honor volunteers, dedicate new flagpole

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Volunteers are often recognized for their service to others. But when those their helping are our youth, it holds extra meaning.

"They help us get merit badges, they help us sign up for summer camp and a lot of other stuff," said Boy Scout Nathan Schwaderer.

And so Boy Scouts of the greater Siouxland area came together to recognize the efforts of those volunteers.

"They're taking time to work with kids who we feel like are today's kids but they're going to be tomorrow's leaders," said assistant director of field service Jason Ballew.

Their latest project speaks louder than most: the installation of a new flagpole outside of the Scouts' Sioux City office.

"Flag Day is tomorrow," said Ballew. "We want to be able to fly the American flag and our Scout flag and be proud of that."

"It's cool, and I'm glad we finally got something in here to sponsor us and help us with stuff," said Schwaderer.

Although the volunteers put up the flagpole and landscaped the grounds, it was the scouts that raised the colors for the first time, making this a passing of the torch.

"What we want to build and instill in these kids is we want them to be volunteers when they're adults," said Ballew. "We want them to give community service. We want them to be leaders in their church, in their school, in their community."

And with the Boy Scouts as their guide, they're well on their way to doing just that.
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