When David Pickeral found out he was going to be a father, choosing a community to raise a family was a no-brainer. After all, he had lived in Lilburn all his life. His roots run deep.
“I love Lilburn’s diversity and small-town community spirit, which is fostered by our residents being active and involved in giving back to the community,” he said. “I also think Lilburn has the best Waffle House!”
Pickeral is a Scout Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 564, which serves kindergarten through 5th grade at Camp Creek Elementary School. He’s grateful that Mountain Park United Methodist Church provides space and support for the program. Every November, he coordinates Pack 564’s signature service project, the “Harvest for the Hungry” food drive. Scouts canvas neighborhoods for food donations and deliver them to the Lilburn Co-op. Last year, the pack distributed 1,000 bags and received a sizable number of donations.
Pickeral has been serving in the Scouts the past eight years in numerous roles and functions. He’s been an assistant den leader, camp director, committee chairman and just about everything in between. He’s also coached youth soccer at the Gwinnett Soccer Academy.
So, for the City of Lilburn, this was a no-brainer.
Pickeral is our October Citizen of the Month.
Next month, he and his pack plan to attend a City Council meeting to lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. They also hope to speak to city officials about issues in the community as part of a “Build a Better World” Scout requirement.
“It has been an honor to serve,” he said. “In Lilburn, our youth have access to excellent scouting programs, which wouldn’t be possible without all of our adult volunteers. Scouting is a lot of fun for kids and gives them an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of enrichments. In every Scouting activity there is a focus and attention on character, citizenship, and service; virtues which serve the scouts throughout their lives and society at large.”