Is there anything more rewarding than watching your children and their peers grow up into fine, responsible young adults? For several years, Brandon Bridgmon has been heavily involved in his local Boy Scout troop while his two sons move through the program.
We spoke with Brandon to learn why his volunteer work with the Boy Scouts is so important.
Meet Brandon Bridgmon
Born & raised on the west side of Birmingham, Brandon Bridgmon is a local through and through. After graduating from Auburn with a degree in landscape horticulture, Brandon returned to Birmingham and began to work in landscaping. However, after about 10 years, he made the decision to switch careers.
After extensive searching, he decided to enter the real estate sector and eventually landed at LAH Real Estate. And for the past six years, Brandon has helped countless home-buyers find their dream home in Birmingham.
When he’s not giving home tours, you can find Brandon volunteering with his local Boy Scout troop. We spoke with Brandon to find out more.
Volunteering with the Boy Scouts
Several years ago, Brandon’s oldest son came home from school and mentioned his interest in joining the Cub Scouts. Although Brandon didn’t have a background in the Scouts, he wanted to support his son’s passion.
What are some of the most exciting experiences you’ve been on with the Scouts?
“On one trip, we paddled 61.6 miles through the swamp—the boys even counted 70 alligators! Last year, we went to the Florida Keys for a snorkel and reef sailing adventure. The boys got to run the ship under the captain; running sails up and down, fishing, cooking, cleaning the boat and more. We’ve got our eyes on another canoe trip in Minnesota next year, so we’re very excited!”
Why do you continue to volunteer with the Scouts?
“It really comes down to having my two sons involved. Now that they’ve crossed over from the Cub Scouts to the Boy Scouts, I’ve learned that the Scouts is a boy-led program. They set goals for how they plan to advance their rank, and we assistant scoutmasters don’t do everything for them. It’s really eye-opening for me, because I get to see my boys grow into men.”
What is the most rewarding aspect of your volunteer work?
“Now that these boys are in the Scouts, it’s rewarding to see the boys spearhead these adventures and grow their skills. We take classes like wilderness first-aid, so we’re prepared to handle an emergency when help is 3 hours away. That training and youth safety is so important.”
How have you seen the impact of your volunteer work?
“For me, it’s easiest to see the impact of the Scouts in my boys’ world. It’s really changed their perspective and confidence. One of the first trips was a tough adventure, and one of my sons had some self-doubt, although I knew he’d be fine. Once we finished, he just said, ‘I did all that.’ Then, he told me that he was planning on asking out a girl he had been talking to!
Obviously, the point of Scouts isn’t dating advice, but the experiences give those boys the confidence to meet any challenge in life and work towards those life goals.”
Learn more about Birmingham with LAH Real Estate
When Brandon isn’t volunteering with the Boy Scouts or donating to the Boy Scouts of America through LAH Real Estate’s yearly donations, he’s helping prospective home-buyers find their dream homes. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you can learn more by reaching out to Brandon Bridgmon at LAH Real Estate’s Homewood office:
- Brandon Bridgmon: 205.420.3737 | Email | Website
- LAH Real Estate (Homewood): 1760 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209
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