Dr Pepper owner Doug Milner was presented the 2017 Warren County Good Scout Award from the Middle Tennessee Council.
Milner was given standing applause as he made his way to the podium and humbly accepted the trophy.
“I am really honored, extremely honored, to have this in my hands right now,” said Milner. “I do appreciate it. Thank you.”
The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Boy Scouts of America, have demonstrated a commitment to the organization’s programs, and exemplify the values of the Boy Scouts with the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law: To help other people at all times. To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
The Milner family has a rich history of giving to others and much of the Warren County population has been touched in some way by their community support. Some of the many community events they have sponsored include Autumn Street Fair, Main Street Live, the Warren County A&L Fair, and the Fourth of July fireworks display at McMinnville Civic Center.
Last year’s recipient, Dr. Wally Bigbee, made the presentation.
“I want to thank Doug for his support of Troop 309 and the support he gives to the Middle Tennessee Council,” said Bigbee. “The Good Scout Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the spirit of Scout Oath and Law by helping others and doing their best at all times. This prestigious award honors those who have made personal or public contributions that enhance our community and the world in which we live. The Good Scout Award distinguishes those who go above and beyond expectations and celebrates those who truly make a difference, not only because they care but because they act. It is our responsibility and privilege to recognize excellence.
Milner, among his other charitable endeavors, sponsors Troop 309. Eagle Scout Lucas Evans expressed his appreciation for Milner’s support and outlined the benefit of Boy Scouts.
“Boy scouting is an experience,” said Evans. “The only words that can really describe it are ‘one of a kind.’ Nothing compares. Nothing is the same. Kids start and say ‘I want to go camping. I want to tie knots. I want to do all these things.’ That’s what they start doing but in the process, it turns them into almost different people – better people.”
Evans says he enjoyed obtaining the merit badges and building lifelong bonds with others.
“The merit badges require scouts to learn things such as money management, personal fitness and communication,” said Evans. “I hold that last one very close to my heart, as communicating with people is very important especially when you have different views.”
The Warren County Good Scout Award Luncheon was held at Collins River BBQ on Main Street on Tuesday.