Brothers Christopher and Stephen Rozek Earn Eagle Rank

posted Apr 11, 2014, 5:18 PM by Mark Rozek

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, April 10, 2014 • 8:13pm

ANDOVER, NJ- An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was conducted on Sunday, April 6th at the Barn in Hillside Park, Andover.  The ceremony was a formal recognition of brothers, Stephen Rozek, age 13, and Christopher Rozek, age 16, both of whom recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  Both boys are members of Troop 150 of Sparta.

Stephen's Eagle Project was to build and install bat houses in Station Park and The Glen.  He became interested in the idea on a trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park,when he learned of the deadly White Nose Fungus that is decimating bat populations. 

Christopher's Eagle Project was to create information kiosks on a new hiking trail in Andover Township.  His design was inspired by his visits to municipal, state and national parks.  The kiosks construction include trash bag dispensers to encourage hikers to remove their trash from the trail.

Stephen Rozek is currently a patrol leader in Troop 150 and Secretary of Venture Crew 276.   So far he has earned 75 merit badges and is not finished yet.   

Stephen said, "Achieving the Eagle Rank has been the greatest achievement of my life. I believe that earning rank is important for scouts, but also feel that Merit Badges provide a great means of expanding my knowledge.  It is one of my goals to earn all of the merit badges offered."

Christopher Rozek is assistant senior patrol leader in Troop 150 and Vice President of Venture Crew 276. He has earned 72 merit badges. 

"Being an Eagle Scout means setting your mind towards achieving goals that will help you excel in life.  It also means being able to teach and to lead any group of individuals to complete a task," shares Christopher. 

Both brothers have been nominated to join the Patriots' Path Youth Executive Council.   

Stephen Rozek takes advantage of the travel opportunities available in scouting.  Last summer he attended Seabase high adventure camp and plans to attend other Boy Scouts of America high adventure camps. 

Community Service is also important to Stephen and Christopher, completing courses in CPR, AED, First Aid and Babysitting from the Red Cross and others.    Their volunteer work has earned them the Patriots' Path Gold SERV award several times.

Not limited to scouting Stephen also participates in 4H.  Christopher is active in two 4H clubs, is President of the 4H golf club earning several awards for public speaking on the county level.  Both brothers are ranked Sharpshooter at Shongum Sportman's Association.  Christopher is working on attaining Expert ranking. 

The boys are homeschooled participating in weekly arts programs that include computer and instrumental instruction.  The brothers play with jazz, symphonic and chamber musical ensembles.   They participate in two church youth groups as well. 

The ceremony was attended by many family, friends, scouts and community leaders.  Special presentations were made by Sussex County Freeholder Dennis Mudrick, Sparta Twp. Mayor Molly Whilesmith, Andover Twp Mayor Phil Boyce, Order of the Arrow Lodge #43 Advisor Chris Sturm, Sparta VFW Representative Martin Schweighardt and Deb Reidmiller of the Lakeland Emergency Squad.  

Through hard work and dedication, these brothers were able to achieve this honor within three days of each other making the celebration extra special.  Stephen became an Eagle on December 3, 2013 and led a project benefiting the Township of Sparta.  Christopher became an Eagle on December 6, 2013 and led a project benefiting the Township of Andover.

"As parents, we are extremely proud of both the boys for attaining scouting’s highest rank.  Christopher and Stephen had set a goal many years ago to become Eagle Scouts and celebrate the honor together. We know they will continue to be successful in meeting the challenges that life brings them," said Mark Rozek the boys' father.