Boy Scouts shadow workers for Government Day

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Some local boy scouts got an up close look at what it takes to run city government Tuesday. Government Day is an annual tradition in the city of Gulfport.

Jeard Nault, 13, got a chance to take part in a training exercise with firefighters. He was among ten Boy Scouts from Harrison County who spent the day working alongside police officers, public works crews, and the leisure services department.

All this hard work will eventually pay off.

"It helps them earn their merit badge Citizenship in the Community, which is one of the merit badges they have to get for Eagle Scout. Plus, not only that, it gives the boys an idea of how the city government runs and everything else, and it's just a great day for the boys," Government Day organizer Melvin Evans said.

Gulfport has hosted Government Day for the past 15 years.