JAMESTOWN – A local Cub Scouts group recently invited Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist to their monthly Pack meeting in an effort to learn more about city government.
WNY News Now spoke with Nate Thornton, Scout Executive for Allegany Highlands Boy Scouts Council of America, prior to the meeting Friday evening at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Thornton explains that it is important for the Cubs to learn about city government early.
“One of our key elements is citizenship, it’s at all levels, from Cub Scouts all the way to BSA,” Thornton said. “We teach them that citizenship in your communities. It’s really important for us to be a part of our communities and knowing the politics of each community is important.”
Thornton says that Sundquist has been a terrific partner of the group, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues worldwide.
Reverend Luke Fodor of St. Luke’s also attended the meeting. He explains that hosting the group allows the church to build its presence in the area.
“St. Luke’s is a church that is really invested in our community and serving our community,” Fodor said. “We are always looking for ways to serve the community.”
Sundquist also spoke with WNY News Now prior to the meeting. He says that students will be able to learn lifelong lessons as they continue to learn about the City.
“For me, the City of Jamestown is a crucial component to really helping with civic engagement with our kids and to also help them learn about what it’s like to be an adult,” Sundquist said. “Hopefully, one day, (they’ll) be inspired to come back and serve their community here in Jamestown.”
The Mayor was presented with an honorary membership to Pack 123 during the meeting.