The past few months have been full of activity for the Boy Scouts in Birmingham.
On March 17, Birmingham Mayor William Bell was recognized as an Eagle Honoree for his contributions over the years to the Greater Alabama Council at the annual American Values luncheon.
Bell and his wife Sharon have been supporters of scouting in Birmingham for a number of years. Cub Scout packs from Bush Hills Academy and Cornerstone Elementary schools were also present.
On March 19, the Birmingham District held the annual Pinewood Derby at Southhampton Elementary School. On April 7, the Birmingham District Cub Scouts held the Blue and Gold Banquet at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. Jefferson County District 1 Commissioner George Bowman was t guest speaker. He shared his experiences as a Cub Scout as well as his 34 years of experience in the military and how he became a general in the United States Army. Several boys and packs were recognized for their growth, experience and advancement in scouting.
On April 29, Bush Hills Academy Pack 419 held their Blue and Gold Banquet, which was well attended by parents, Cub Scouts, and faculty at the school.
Currently the Boy Scouts of America has begun a project with the Birmingham Housing Authority to establish units at Cooper Green, Kimbrough Homes and Loveman Village. This is a process the scouts are using to develop young boys into responsible men. The goal of scouting with this program is to expose boys to different opportunities and give them a new insight on life.
The Boy Scouts of America has a goal of making sure every boy who wants to be a part of scouting has an opportunity regardless of his economic status. The scouts want every young man to be exposed to camping.