Scouts recognized by Mayor, Council

May 21,2024

Mayor William E. Cooper Tuesday recognized local Boy and Girl Scouts at the Enterprise City Council meeting, specifically noting their leadership and citizenship skills.

Jackson Swartz, 18, was recently awarded the distinct honor of Eagle Scout following completion of his service project repainting Purple Heart parking spaces in Enterprise.

The City of Enterprise has approximately 35 Purple Heart parking spaces within city limits, which are reserved specifically for those who have been awarded the distinction.  The Purple Heart award is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed as a result of military action. It is the oldest military award still presented to American Service Members.

Mayor Cooper said Enterprise is home to dozens of Purple Heart recipients.

“We are forever indebted to the men and women who serve in our military, and especially those who have been wounded and awarded a Purple Heart,” Cooper said. “These parking spaces are just a small token of appreciation we can provide to those who choose to call Enterprise home or visit our city. Thanks to Jackson and his service project, the parking spaces have been repainted and will be well marked for years to come.”

In addition to the service project, Swartz, who is member of Troop 150B, had to earn at least 21 merit badges, serve at least 16 months in a leadership position, camp at least 24 nights, and complete various conferences and boards of review.

Girl Scout Lydia Platt, a member of Troop 9114, was also individually recognized by Mayor Cooper for her efforts in the cookie program. She had the highest overall cookie sales in Southern Alabama with 13,781 boxes.

“Cookie sales teach valuable life lessons that extend far beyond selling cookies,” Cooper said. “From financial planning to marketing and customer service, these young ladies are gaining practical experience to reach their goals.”

The City of Enterprise has five Girl Scout Troops: 9027, 9048, 9052, 9095, and 9114.  Together, Cooper said, the Girl Scouts sold 35,715 boxes of cookies, with Troop 9114 coming in third in Southern Alabama for number of boxes sold.  The local Service Unit, which includes those five troops, donated more than 300 boxes of cookies to the Hometown Heroes program, which benefits active military, first responders, and local nonprofits.

Mayor Cooper presented each Troop with a certificate of achievement for their efforts.