Colombik made progression from Cub to Webelo to Eagle Scout

Lane Colombik of Miles City said he joined a great organization when he was in first grade. The enjoyment lasted all the way through high school.

The reference is to Cub Scouts, then Webelos and, finally, Boy Scouts.

“I stayed in because I enjoyed it,” said Colombik, son of Doug and Pam Colombik. “It was more fun because a lot of my friends were involved, too.”

 Colombik’s dedication has earned him the distinguished Eagle Scout Award, which will be presented to him and three others at a special ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in Miles City.

“They basically review you about your whole Boy Scout career,” he said of the process of becoming an Eagle Scout. “They go through all your records.”

That process also includes a community project. His was the making of four benches, two of which are being used indoors at the ROCKS youth center and two at Big Sky Mental Health Services. It had to be completed to be considered for Eagle Scout honors and he did that during the summer of 2014.

Colombik already has finished his first year at Montana State University. Sporting a beard, he hardly looks the part of a Boy Scout, but even though membership ended at 18, he has many fond memories that he thinks will make his life more enjoyable.

“My favorite part was going camping and learning a lot of outdoor skills and at the same time being with my friends,” he said. “We had fun and it was a cool way to meet a lot of new kids.”

The Boy Scouts camping proved to be a year-around activity. Yes, even in winter. “I liked it,” he said. “It’s quite the experience — if you have the right gear.”

He admits to switching interests about two years go. Planning for college and competing in sports — mainly football and soccer — were on his mind.

“It’s easier to go when you’re younger,” said Colombik, who turns 19 next month. “When you get older, there’s so much going on. I was focused on college and music.”

Now he turns his interests to college and his sophomore year en route to a degree in criminology. Plus, he’s a member of MSU’s choir.

“I love it,” he said of college life. “I plan on becoming a police officer.”

His father, by the way, is the Miles City police chief. Lane would like to work in the area and climate in which he grew up

“I’m not sure where — maybe Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas …” he said.

That’s for a later date. Meanwhile, the choir will continue to do in-state tours plus a big trip — two weeks in Europe (France and Spain). That’s a trip requiring each choir member to pay $4,000.

“I’m still working on it,” Colombik said, then smiled.

His parents said they are proud of their son’s commitment and earning of the Eagle Scout designation.

“There was a group of boys who stuck it out together. All the parents and Scout leaders are proud of them,” Doug Colombik said.

“It’s huge for any of these boys to have Eagle Scout on their resume when they’re looking for work after college. That’s a pretty powerful piece of paper.”

Lane said “I like the idea of working for the community, giving back and helping people out.”

(Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)