Remembering Joshua Jones

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Eagle Scout Joshua Jones, from Clearfield’s Crew #584, passed away earlier this week.  Joshua was recognized by the Council’s National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) earlier this year at the Gathering of Eagles banquet.  The Association presented Josh a campership in his name – Joshua’s love of Scouting and its many adventures will be shared by a brother Scout.

Joshua’s viewing will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. That will all be held at the Clearfield South stake center at 2186 S. 125 West in Clearfield.

Read KSL’s article, online at: https://www.ksl.com/?sid=41200201&nid=148&title=clearfield-eagle-scout-dies-after-2nd-brain-tumor-diagnosis

Below is a short write-up that was shared at the Gathering of Eagles banquet.

Despite physical and mental challenges, 16-year-old Joshua Jones worked hard to become an Eagle Scout.

Joshua was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 8 years old and underwent six weeks of full brain and spine radiation and 59 weeks of in-patient chemotherapy, his mother, Ruth Jones, explained.

There is no evidence of a tumor now, but since his treatment, he has lost most of his hearing, his thyroid has died, he has no short-term memory and his processing speed is about 50 percent of what it should be.

He has also had a couple of seizures and tires easily.

While he was doing chemotherapy, he still managed to obtain his Arrow of Light and his Super Achiever Award. As he lay on the couch, he wanted his mom to read his Scout manual to him.

To become an Eagle Scout, one has to obtain the cycling, hiking or swimming merit badge.

Swimming was the easiest option for Joshua, so the YMCA in Texas worked with him to achieve it. But then Jones’ troop decided to go for the cycling merit badge, which requires multiple lengthy bike rides, including a 50-miler.

His mother explained that his Scout leaders and his doctors didn’t think he could do it, but Joshua insisted he could. Though it was very challenging and his fellow troop members finished much quicker than he did, he wouldn’t give up, and he completed it.

His mom says, “He doesn’t ever say, ‘I can’t or I shouldn’t,’ he just says, ‘what do we need to do,’ and then he finds a way to do it.”

For his eagle project, Joshua held a carnival and charged attendees one new toy for admission. He then donated the toys to Primary Children’s Hospital. His mother said he remembers what it was like to be bored and sad at the hospital.

Currently, Joshua is mentoring a Webelos Scout and is helping him work toward getting his Arrow of Light. Ruth Jones said the boys in his Scout troop have been like his brothers.

Joshua was presented his Eagle Scout award in November 2015.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Joshua is here tonight – with his mom and dad.  Let’s give Joshua a round of applause and recognize him for the unique challenges he has faced while as a Scout.

Josh, will you join me on the stage?

Tonight, on behalf of the Trapper Trails Council’s National Eagle Scout Association, I’d like to present you, Josh, with a campership.  This campership, in your name, will be presented to a Scout, within our Council, to attend summer camp – a young boy that would otherwise not be able to afford Scout Camp, will now be able to attend a week-long adventure at one of our camps.  Thank you, Josh.

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