On Saturday, Oct. 13, Josiah Meier, son of Thomas and Lori Meier, of Osage, Iowa, was awarded Trail Life USA’s highest honor – the Freedom Award – at a ceremony held at the Cedar Springs Camp and Retreat Center. Founded in 2013, Trail Life USA is a Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused ministry that emphasizes service, develops leadership, and grows character through outdoor adventure.
The four-year journey to earn the Freedom Award required Meier to earn 25 Trail Badges, participate in two Major Freedom Experiences, two Minor Freedom Experiences, complete a Faith-Building Activity, and plan and execute a Servant Leadership Project. Two of Meier’s favorite badges were Air Soft and Survival Skills. His main project “took over a hundred hours to complete” and involved replacing a flight of stairs at Cedar Springs Camp.
Josiah has big plans for his future. He has applied to serve as a page in the 2019 Iowa Legislature. After graduation, Meier plans to enter the Iowa Air National Guard and attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.