On Feb. 15, the 1st Sylvan Lake Scouts group held their annual Baden Powell banquet at the community center in honor of the birthday of Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement, born on February 22, 1857.
Jim Hicks, winner of the Mayor’s Award for distinguished service last year was the emcee for the evening. During the proceedings the group handed out awards to the various Scouters in the group. Along with a dinner, there were skits and songs performed by the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
Hicks was presented with the Silver Acorn by Waskasoo Scouts Area Commissioner, Jeannette Regher. The Silver Acorn is a Scouts Canada award for especially distinguished service to scouting.
Hicks started out as a Cub Scout when he was 10-years-old in Calgary and continued on as a youth through what is now called Rover Scouts (ages 18-26).
In 1981 Hicks, started in the 1st Sylvan Lake Scouts group as a Troop Scouter, continuing on as a Venturer advisor, group commissioner, Cub Scouter, area commissioner, Council Trainer, Service Scouter, and a member of the Camp Woods Committee.
Hicks serves the Scouts group as mentor and is known as a camp fire master extraordinaire.