Black Warrior Council, Boy Scouts complete 31,849 Hours of Community Service
Not bad for a group of kids! In 2018 the Black Warrior Council, Boy Scouts completed 31,849 hours of community service for West Central Alabama. That’s a staggering $477,735 value for our communities. Many of these projects would have required tax-payer dollars if it were not for the efforts of our Scouts. It’s also important to note that to get credit for community service hours, the service cannot benefit Scouting. The service must benefit another organization.
Our Scouts completed hundreds projects: collecting thousands of pounds of food for those in need, assisting with set up for community events, adding guard rails for safety to a bridge on a popular walking and biking trail, making and distributing care bags for those in need, beautifying local parks and lakes, projects at local schools, collecting coats, hats, gloves and socks for people struggling through the winter month and much more.
Nation-wide, Scouts performed 15.7 million hours of community service.
Just as significant as the stats is the fact that Scouts participating in these service projects learned the valuable lesson of giving back to the community they live in. They learned that service to others is important.
Community service is just one of the many values Scouting teaches our young people. Our dedicated volunteer leaders are teaching Scouts to get off the couch, put down their phones and work together as a team to make our communities better.
I hope you are proud of the young people that Scouting is helping to mold. Young people that will one day be leaders in our communities. Leaders with character and values developed through their Scouting experience. These young people are not just our “future”, they are our “now”.
Bill Gosselin is Scout Executive/CEO of the Black Warrior Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The council serves Tuscaloosa and 11 other counties in West Alabama.
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