ENID, Okla. — Staff, clients and board members gathered Monday for a ribbon-cutting at 4RKids, to unveil an Eagle Scout project that built a new memorial flag garden in the 4RKids Mini Golf course.

Hunter Mitchell, a Scout with Troop 27 and a senior at Enid High School, recently completed the project with the help of other Scout volunteers, installing three flag poles, a decorative retaining wall and memorial pavers in the southwest corner of the miniature golf course. Each of the memorial stones bears the name of a 4RKids client or someone closely connected to 4RKids who has died.

When Hunter, who’s been in Scouting since the third grade, started looking for an Eagle Scout project, he said he remembered the flag poles that were at the former 4RKids Putt Putt course before it underwent a complete remodel in 2017.

“I knew they needed this work done,” Hunter said, “and I was glad to be able to do it.”

All the volunteer hours that went into the project represent what Hunter said is his favorite aspect of Scouting — “the chance to get out into the community, help people and do good things.”

The memorial garden project will be part of Hunter’s overall Eagle Scout application when he goes before his advancement board in September.

Brad Waken, president of Cimarron Council BSA, said Hunter’s project is the latest in more than 10,000 hours of community service conducted by Scouts in the council over the last year, and 60 Eagle Scout projects in the last 18 months.

Tricia Mitchell said she was grateful for Hunter’s project, both as executive director at 4RKids and as his mom.

As executive director, she said she was thankful for the work that improved the mini golf course, without having to incur any new cost.

“It was something we really wanted to do,” she said. “We didn’t want to just put the flags back up. We wanted this to be special.”

Combining the new flag poles with the memorial stones made it special, Tricia said, and put the final touches on the $475,000 mini golf course rebuild that was unveiled last March.

“It’s beautiful,” Tricia said of the memorial garden. “It just ties everything together, and the flags are the final piece.”

Aside from the contribution to 4RKids, Tricia said she’s just proud of her son’s accomplishment.

“I’m just really proud of him, as a mom, that he’s getting his Eagle Scout,” she said.

Memorial stones still are available for any former clients or people with disabilities with ties to 4RKids. Stones cost $50 to cover the cost of the paver and engraving. For more information, call 4RKids at (580) 237-7890.

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