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Joshua Dixon achieved the highest honor in Scouting.
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Date published: 1/6/2013
Joshua Dixon, a member of Boy Scout Troop 77 and the son of Cathy and Frank Dixon of Spotsylvania County, received his Eagle Scout award this fall at Church of the Messiah in Spotsylvania.
The award is the highest honor earned in the Boy Scouts of America.
Joshua began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 21 in the fall of 2002. He continued through the ranks of Cub Scouts, earning his Arrow of Light award and bridging to Boy Scout Troop 77 in 2007 while in the fifth grade.
In the troop, he has taken part in about 100 nights of camping, including local troop camp-outs and other activities. One highlight was at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, where he took part in a 15-day adventure that included hiking 65 miles, rock climbing, gold panning and more.
Josh was voted into the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of Boy Scouts, by his fellow Scouts.
During his years with Troop 77, Josh has earned 42 merit badges, 21 more than required for an Eagle Scout, and has served in the positions of senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, and troop librarian.
For his Eagle Scout project, Joshua, along with the help of many volunteers and support from the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield and the National Park Service, cleaned a walking trail in the Wilderness Battlefield and built two benches that he placed along the trail.
Joshua is the youngest Scout to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in the recorded history of Troop 77. Josh is a junior at Chancellor High School, where he is a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC).
He is also active in his church, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Fredericksburg.