Owasson Jack Nelson has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Nelson is a member of Owasso Boy Scout Troop 2002 out of St. Henry Catholic Church.
He has lived in Owasso for 14 years and joined the scouts in kindergarten as a Tiger Scout with Cub Scout pack 888.
“Cub Scouts showed me all about the scouting program,” Nelson said. “It provided me with an interest in the outdoors; this love for nature would further my scouting experience.”
During his time in the troop, Nelson traveled to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, where he participated in cope courses, archery, ATV riding and other activities, and got the opportunity to summit Baldy Mountain.
In eighth grade, he also took up lacrosse and played for Owasso over the next few years, which he said helped propel him forward during a difficult time.
“Little did I know that doing this would take me to further opportunities,” Nelson said. “Doing this also got my health back on track after fighting Lyme disease for several years.”
For his Eagle project, Nelson built three raised garden beds for the Owasso Family YMCA, where he has worked since the spring of 2017. His efforts went toward beautifying the outdoor space between the Y’s two buildings, which staff turned into an outdoor classroom in October.
“Once completed, I was told the staff and members loved (the beds), which made my day knowing I helped the community,” Nelson said.
Nelson plans to attend the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, to study Civil Engineering after graduating from Owasso High School this month. He also wants to earn an athletic scholarship to play lacrosse.