COLUMBIA -- The Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently conducted a major event at the new law school of the University of South Carolina, and it was a big hit for Scouts and leaders alike.
On Sept. 30, 75 Boy Scouts from throughout the Midlands spent their day learning about various aspects of the law and law enforcement from distinguished statewide leaders in those fields.
“In today’s society, it is vital for our young people to better understand the importance of law and law enforcement,” said Doug Stone, Scout executive of the Indian Waters Council, BSA. “It was remarkable to have done that with the top caliber of professionals we had represented from those fields.”
The event was led by a large group of law professionals who are all Eagle Scout alumni, including federal Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr., South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, former SLED Chief Robert Stewart, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon and state Sen. Brad Hutto. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster provided the opening remarks with a history of the American legal system and encouraging words for the young men.
The new University of South Carolina School of Law was the setting for the big day. “The new law school was the perfect venue and afforded opportunities for panel discussions, classroom instruction and even mock trials with real judges,” said Jack Cohoon, an Eagle Scout and legal aid attorney for South Carolina Legal Services who coordinated the event. “It was a great day for Scouting.”
During lunch, Scouts were treated to demonstrations and exhibits by eight different local law enforcement agencies that were set up adjacent to the Law School on Senate Street, which was shut down for the event. They included bomb trucks, four-wheelers, bloodhounds, mobile SWAT command posts and armored transports.
The Scouting and law and law enforcement community were proud to present the Indian Waters Council’s Law Day and will look to continue its success on an annual basis. The council wished to thank the Legal Eagles, guest speakers and volunteers who contributed to the event.
The Indian Waters Council serves youth and families in eight counties in the Midlands: Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Saluda, Bamberg, Calhoun, Orangeburg and Kershaw.