Kramer Feature

Kramer earns Eagle Scout with a memorial to Grandpa

Kasey Kramer felt it was fate when he heard River Oaks was in need of someone to help replace their fallen flagpole. Kramer, a member of Ft. Branch Boy Scout Troop 242, was looking for an Eagle Scout project when he heard of the task. His grandfather had been a resident at the health campus and he felt it was important to pick this particular project. 

“He had Alzheimer’s when he was in here so he really didn’t know what was going on,” Kramer said, “But I know he would have looked out the window and wanted to see something pretty and nice; something that actually looked like home.”

The activity director at River Oaks, Dawn Green, knew the boy scouts were looking for Eagle Scout projects and she needed someone to replace the flagpole that had broken in half from the weather. 

“The storms took their toll,” said Green.

In order to do the project for Eagle Scout merit, Kramer had to make a proposal with his plans and present them here in Gibson County, as well as a round table in Vincennes. Once he had proven that he could handle the workload and received permission to start, Kramer went out to the facility in the early morning and began to work. 

“It took me about two days. About six hours total, all during spring break.” 

The residents in the assisted living area of the health campus got a kick out of watching him work. 

“They told me, they said, ‘some boy was out here putting the flagpole up!’” laughed Green. 

Kramer tore out the old flagpole, added fresh mulch, bushes and flowers to the grounds around the new flagpole and exceeded the expectations of what River Oaks had been looking for. 

“I had a new flag bought to put up there, and before we could get it up, he came and put a new flag on himself,” said Green, “So he even did the last little finale.”

Green said they almost always have some volunteers helping to water the plants and to help with the gardening, which they greatly appreciate. She hopes they can soon add more behind the facility so residents have something to look out back there, too, but she’s unsure if they’ll be able to do that. 

“We were thinking a gazebo,” said Green, “Maybe someday.”

Kramer said being an Eagle Scout is almost a dying thing, which he thinks makes it that much more important. 

“Employers, if they know anything about it, they know it’s hard to get. It shows that you have leadership skills and communication skills and that you’re kind of maturing at a younger age."

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Amber L. Nixon

Star Times Reporter