DALTON, Ga. Former Dalton State College athletic director Derek Waugh wasn't a Boy Scout, but he says that over the years he's gotten to know many men who were Scouts and has seen the impact Scouting made on their lives.
"The Scouts and former Scouts I have known have always been positive people. Scouting teaches them many important values and one of those values is that positive people can make a positive difference on society," said Waugh, who was the keynote speaker Thursday at the Northwest Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America's American Values Luncheon at the Dalton Golf & Country Club.
There are more than 3,500 Scouts in the Northwest Georgia Council and about 1,000 in the Conasauga District, which includes Whitfield and Murray counties. The luncheon served as a fundraiser for the council.
Business and political leaders packed the country club, and Waugh said it was fitting that so many leaders came out to support the Boys Scouts since the organization will help produce the leaders of tomorrow.
Friends of Scouting chairman and Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce President Rob Bradham agreed.
"The lessons and values the Boy Scouts teach are arguably more valuable than ever before," he said.
The luncheon ...