Oologah has produced another Eagle Scout. Chance Fletcher recently attained the scouting’s highest honor after earning the 21 required merit badges, obtaining four more than he actually needed.
Fletcher’s brother, Justin, is also an Eagle Scout.
Fletcher’s mother, Ann, joined a co-ed scout troop when she moved to Oologah as a young girl and she passed her passion onto her sons.
Chance Fletcher joined Cub Scout Pack #199 in the first grade and moved on to Boy Scout Troop #199.
Fletcher said there wasn’t any pressure to become an Eagle Scout. It just seemed like a natural path for him to take.
“It wasn’t even really a decision. I just wanted to do it for kicks and grins,” he said.
Fletcher had to plan, budget and complete an Eagle Scout project.
Sylvia Collins with the Oolagah Historical Society asked Fletcher if he would be interested in repairing the old wagon by the sno cone stand downtown. Fletcher took on the challenge.
“The wood was all rotted so it wasn’t really safe anymore for the kids to sit on it and eat sno cones,” Fletcher said.
Lowe’s gave Fletcher a huge discount on the materials he needed for the project. He said it took just over 113 hours of labor to repair the wagon.
Fletcher said it would have been difficult to complete the project without help from his parents, the Stringer family, the Estes family and Tyler Base.
Fletcher said he’s always loved being outdoors and the Boy Scouts were a perfect fit for him. He said some of the merit badges he earned were fun and some were just work.
Fletcher enjoyed getting his life saving badge for basic water rescue and a climbing badge for free climbing and rappelling.
He also had fun earning his white water badge kayaking at Camp Hale.
One of the more challenging badges was personal management, which deals with long term budgeting. Fletcher said it was a long, drawn out process to earn that badge.
His environmental badge required patience. He had to sit and watch an area of forest for several hours indentifying plants and watching for changes.
The strangest badge Fletcher earned was for snow sports. He went skiing on carpet in Talihina in 100 degree weather.
“That may be the most interesting thing I’ve ever done,” he said.
Fletcher said one his favorite scouting memories is sailing on a tall sailing ship in the Florida Keys.
“That was the highlight of my scouting career,” he said.
Fletcher said scouting helped with his leadership skills and increased his respect for the outdoors. He plans on encouraging his own children to join the Boy Scouts.
“I’m definitely going to miss the fellowship the outdoors foster. There’s nothing like sitting around a campfire with your friends,” Fletcher said.