Scouts celebrate end of year with Christmas dinner and awards ceremony

Cub Scouts receive their awards and patches at the Scout Christmas Dinner and awards ceremony Sunday, Dec. 10. Dawn Gillam photo

Every December, Anza Pack and Troop 319 come together for one final event. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, leaders, families and friends celebrate the end of an eventful year with a Christmas dinner and program. The scouts are recognized for all of their efforts and hard work as they advance into their new ranks.

The Anza Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted the event in their multi-purpose hall Sunday, Dec. 10. The room was decorated with sparkling Christmas lights and holiday adornments.

Wolf Scouts Aiden and Hunter Gillam, Elijah Sjostrand and Jacob Phillips and Webelo Scouts Logan Sjostrand and James Phillips were presented with World Conservation Patch Awards and Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Awards. Belt loops and fun patches were given for accomplishments in camping, Dutch oven, flag ceremony, knots, letters to the military, physical fitness, swimming, trash pickup, watching the eclipse, water conservation, earth smart, helping others, bonfires, chess, communications, community service, music and computers.

“They are working toward many more patches in the next few months,” den mother Dawn Gillam said.

Troop 319 Scoutmaster Richard Hotchkiss was thanked for his six years of leadership service. He is leaving his position as scoutmaster and will now hold the position of committee chairman. Norman Faleono, a High Adventure adviser who has 20 years’ experience in scouting, will become Troop 319’s new scoutmaster.

Several of the boys who earned awards were either unable to attend or were advanced into Boy Scouts before the event. These scouts were Carson Boulton, Lennon Wooten, Jonathan Carver, Dakota Cole, Victor Rodriguez, Nathan Dinnyes and David Riviera.

“Scouts and scoutmasters would like to thank all the families, community members and businesses for all the help they have given throughout the year,” Cubmaster Chandra Sjostrand said. “It’s been exciting and fun. After our Christmas vacation, we look forward to yet another exciting and eventful year.”

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Aiden Gillam, left, and Hunter Gillam show off their patches and awards at the Scout Christmas Dinner and awards ceremony Sunday, Dec. 10. Dawn Gillam photo

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