As a child, Ken\u00a0Koziol\u00a0remembers having many great experiences in Cub Scouts, including one memorable camping trip with his dad. Years later, when his son, Alex, was in first grade,\u00a0Koziol\u00a0happened to see a sign for Cub Scout recruiting night in his area. He knew he wanted his son to have the same special experiences that he did growing up. \u201cI knew right away that we had to go,\u201d says\u00a0Koziol, who lives in Greenwood with his wife and six children. \u201cWe have been active in Pack 245 ever since.\u201d\u00a0 Koziol\u2019s\u00a0daughter, Emily, joined\u202fBoy Scouts of America\u202fafter seeing\u00a0all of\u00a0the neat projects and activities that her brother Alex was doing. \u201cShe saw that girls could join and knew she really wanted to,\u201d\u00a0Koziol\u00a0says.\u00a0 Now, the\u00a0Koziols\u00a0enjoy Scouting as a family and have racked up many achievements. They shared their Scouting experience with\u202fIndy\u2019s Child.\u00a0 What is it about Scouting that made you think it would be a good fit for your family?\u00a0 Ken\u00a0Koziol:\u202fScouting gives kids a well-rounded experience that they won't get anywhere else. They make new friends, learn self-worth as well as working as a team, they learn to set goals and achieve them, they learn how to interact well with adults, and they learn outdoor skills. Most of all, they participate in a variety of activities that are fun, keep them active, and help them mature into responsible human beings.\u00a0 Tell us about Alex\u2019s and Emily\u2019s accomplishments as Scouts.\u00a0 KK:\u202fIn 2018, Alex was one of the top popcorn sellers in the whole council for our annual fundraiser. Alex did more than strive to obtain prizes for his efforts. He knew that he was "helping his Pack to do more adventures," which was part of his pitch. He liked introducing himself to new people and explaining what it means to support Scouting. The ability to speak to adults in an educated manner is only learned through experience, and he mastered it through this experience. I am\u00a0really proud\u00a0of him for his perseverance, his approach to learning and his achievement of the goals he set. Emily has followed in her brother's footsteps since joining Scouts, but once she was\u00a0in\u00a0she has been a trailblazer. I am especially proud of how she is in Scouting because she loves being a Scout. She looks forward to every meeting and every activity, fully prepared to participate. She is the kid who is listening intently because she loves being where she is.\u00a0 Emily & Alex Her first summer camping trip was in June at\u202fCamp\u00a0Kikthawenund, and she\u202fwas one of 10 girls at camp, but\u202fthe only girl from Pack 245. To her, that was no problem. She made new friends, was excited for every activity, and was the leader of expeditions to capture a couple dozen frogs in her free time. She even hiked back to the "rock climbing wall" twice during free time because\u00a0she wanted to\u202fring the bell at the\u202ftop of the wall. When she finally\u202freached the top, the camp counselors said she was only the second girl to accomplish it \u2014 and I saw no boys do so when I was there!\u202f\u00a0 How has Scouting brought you closer together as a family?\u202f\u00a0 KK: There is no better way to become closer than to experience things together like we do in Scouting. We look forward to that one night each week to do new fun activities, and to those special activities like camping, selling popcorn, building pinewood derby cars together and trips that we take as Scouts. With\u202fBoy Scouts of America, we can go on adventures as a family that are unique compared to any other childhood experiences.\u202fCub\u202fScouting is a hands-on way for our family to watch our children mature physically, mentally and morally.