Robert Jutras, Scoutmaster of Troop 234 in Harker Heights, and two Boy Scouts, Tanner Casey, 14, and Kyle Jutras, 12, drove to the front entrance of the Harker Heights Police Department last week.
They weren’t going to report trouble or tour the headquarters but to secretly unload two flocks of pink flamingos on the police department lawn.
“We admit they are fake, made of plastic and stand on metal legs,” said second-class Scout Kyle Jutras.
Casey. who has a silver rank, just two steps from becoming an Eagle Scout, helped plant the 22 flamingos after receiving a large number of requests for HHPD to be flocked.
“It’s fun to see the surprise on people’s faces and how they respond,” he said.
The birds are part of Troop 234’s Flamingo Flocking season, a fundraiser to help send the 20 boys in the troop to summer camp.
Four assistant scoutmasters and several parents served on the committee, helped gather the “tacky birds” and took flocking orders, Robert Jutras said.
After an individual or a group such as the HHPD has been flocked, a sign reading “You’ve been flocked” is placed near the building or home entrance alongside the flamingos. The sign also explains the fundraiser and suggests the victims get even rather than angry. By way of a generous donation, the birds will be moved to another location.
“This is among friends, and someone who knows you has paid to have these pink darlings placed in your yard,” Robert Jutras said. “Most show up in the dark of night, but in the case of the HHPD, it was in broad daylight.”
Responding to the flocking scene were Police Chief Mike Gentry and two officers.
Upon seeing the birds, Gentry jokingly said there was probably some kind of animal code violation pertaining to the situation.
“This is a cute idea and I have a clue who might have set us up,” Gentry said. “We have great detective skills, so it should be easy to figure out.”
As the drama subsided, Harker Heights Fire Department Deputy Chief Glen Galenstein arrived and pled his case against the accusations tossed at him by Gentry and other officers who made their way to the entrance.
“Isn’t it curious how the deputy fire chief shows up just as we were discussing our suspicions?” Gentry said.
For more information about Flamingo Flocking, call Alisha Jutras at (254) 681-2513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.