The annual Scout Leader Recognition Dinner for all Leaders in Virgin River Valley BSA was held on Thurs., January 28. Leaders from the following units attended the dinner and recognition: 11 units sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Troop 2060 sponsored by the Elks Lodge and Pack 8 sponsored by the Mesquite Resort Association.
Second Miler Awards were presented to Trent Reber, Scoutmaster of Troop2042, Chole Lee, Webelos leader of den 2060, Charles Burton, 11-year-old scout leader of Troop 2493, and Craig Empey, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 2041. They were presented with wood plaques to recognize them for going the second mile in helping the boys in their units earn their advancements, skill awards and plan activities and camp-outs.
Robyn Schaefermeyer presented the second miler awards and Scott Brotherson presented the award of Merit. Both serve on the scout committee. Brian Haviland and Jon Meierhoff were presented with Award of Merit plaques for their many years of service to scouting in Virgin Valley. Jon is 11-year-old leader in Troop 2488 and has been the coordinator of 11-year-old camp outs for the Virgin Valley BSA, a Round Table Commissioner, coordinated the Camporee, and coordinated the 50-mile hike to the Unitas for the Varsity and Venture Scouts. Brian has been a unit leader in Troop 2341, a camp director at Camp Kolob summer camp and is the LDS liaison with the Virgin River Valley scout troops. Stephen Waite was the guest speaker. “There is great power in scouting. Boys need a helping hand to build their life on.
Scouting teaches industry, the power of being prepared. It teaches boys to do better and to obey the law. The scouting program offers disciplined adults who give the boys the opportunity to learn skills that will help them build their lives on a rock solid foundation of good character. Brent Hughes, scoutmaster Troop 493, presented Stephen with a handcrafted knife; the handle was made of a polished deer horn and a blade of hand-chiseled flint.