Swanson Receives Award from Andrew Jackson Council BSA


Boy Scouts, cubmasters, scoutmasters, silver beavers and several United Methodist congregants, pastors and district superintendents came out to support service in Scouting by attending the Whitney Young Service Award Dinner at the JSU E-Center Thursday, September 28. Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. was one of three recipients of the award and shared in his acceptance speech how honored and humbled he was to be put down “in the annals of the Andrew Jackson Council as a recipient for an award named after Whitney Young.” West Jackson District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Stephen Cook gave the invocation, attendees enjoyed dinner and shortly thereafter, presenters introduced the recipients and honorees gave thoughtful—and sometimes comical—acceptance speeches.  

The Mississippi United Methodist Conference’s own, Rev. Dr. Stephen Cook; Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, East Jackson District Superintendent and Rev. Vickie White, Mississippi Conference Director of Connectional Ministries and Communications served on the steering committee for this event. View pictures from the dinner here
The purpose of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award is to recognize outstanding service rendered by adult individuals and organizations for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth and community service from rural or low-income urban backgrounds. This is the fulfillment of Dr. Young’s dream of justice and equality for all.