James Bourne, Dominic Bourne, and Vicktor Cu

The annual Scout Leader Recognition Dinner was held to honor scout leaders in the Virgin River Valley District of the Boy Scouts of America. Leaders from 10 scouting units sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were honored for their service to young men in our valley.

The guest speakers, two Webelos scouts and one boy scout, told about their favorite activities. Vicktor Cu said he liked to make new friends and he learned lifelong lessons that helped him be confident in his abilities to participate in new challenges and adventures. Vicktor said campfire cooking was his favorite. “I learned to treat others well and treat yourself right too. Scouting has given me great memories,” he said.

Dominic Bourne said he liked the obstacle course and the pine wood derby. James Bourne, a scout in troop 2488, has been in the scouting for five years and he enjoys camping and cooking outdoors. “I have made many new friends and am learning life skills in personal management, and family life merit badges,” he said. Each scout will receive a hand-made knife from Brent Hughes.

Brent Hughes, scoutmaster of troop 2493, received the 2nd miler award. Brent has served as assistant scoutmaster for 2 years and scoutmaster for 22 years helping scouts on the trail to Eagle. Fifty or more of these young men reached the rank Eagle Scout. He enjoys taking the scouts camping and helping with the Mountain Man Rendezvous each year and with cub scout day camp. Gina Zarate, the Mesquite NV Stake Primary President, received a 2nd miler award for working on Cub Scout Day Camps and organizing the recognition dinners. Mary Cabrera, pack 2042, is a meticulous record keeper for her cub scouts, reliable and has never missed any den meeting or day camp. She also received a 2nd miler award.

Brian Haviland, District Chairman, and Bishop Jared Hollingshead

Bishop Jared Hollingshead, Bishop of Bunkerville Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, received the Award of Merit. He has served as scoutmaster, varsity leader and has helped many young men reach the rank of Eagle Scout.