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home : columnists : columnists July 25, 2017

2/8/2017 4:00:00 AM
NHS student, Eagle Scout shares 'favorite moments'
The Times photo by Betsy ReasonNoblesville’s Josh Kozicki, Eagle Scout Troop 101, shares “What Scouting Means to Me.”
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Noblesville’s Josh Kozicki, Eagle Scout Troop 101, shares “What Scouting Means to Me.”

By Betsy Reason

Noblesville Eagle Scout Josh Kozicki is in an elite fraternity.

There's no doubt that his parents, Jeff and Julia Kozicki, were proud as they listened to him speak Tuesday morning at the podium in front of more than 300 people attending the 22nd annual Noblesville Mayor's Breakfast for Scouting.

Kozicki, a Noblesville High School sophomore and the grandson of Doug and Kathy Church, is an Eagle Scout in Troop 101 at Noblesville First United Methodist Church. He's among only 4 percent of today's Scouts who earn Scouting's highest rank.

"I'm excited to be here this morning because it sort of brings my Scouting full circle," said the teen, who shared "What Scouting Means to Me" during the fundraising breakfast that brought in nearly $60,000 for Noblesville Scouting programs.

He reminisced about how nearly 10 years ago he was a little Tiger Scout helping out with his troop's flag ceremony at the breakfast.

Since then, Scouting has been a huge part of his life. "I've had a lot of favorite moments," said Kozicki, whose best times have happened at Scout camps.

As a young Cub Scout, he attended Camp Belzer day camp every year in Indianapolis. "We did everything from crafts to science experiments to shooting archery. But my favorite part was the obstacle course," said Kozicki, who survived the "Beast of Belzer," who according to folklore has been frightening campers there for more than 170 years.

As a Webelo Scout, he had to be away from home for "three whole nights." As a teen, he joined a two-week high-adventure camp backpacking in the New Mexico desert. This summer, he will attend the National Scout Jamboree with 40,000 Scouts from around the nation in West Virginia.

To earn his Eagle, Kozicki in 2016 completed the 10 Commandments Trail, started by Eagles Nick Gundersen and Chad Hutson, at his church's Teter Retreat. The trails runs from a fire pit by the lodge to the parking lot. Kozicki received a donation of 9 tons of gravel from Beaver Materials to place at both trail entrances.

He repeats the 12 points of the Scouting law every week at Scout meetings. "I think about being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent," he said.

"I try to be prepared for whatever challenges that await for me, and I learn the skills to be ready for those challenges."

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.

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