Once the Boys Scouts of America began letting women join troops in 2019, Grace Nichols jumped on board. She grew up around scouting, as her brothers were in Scouts. In little over a year, Nichols attained all of her merit badges and completed her project to be named an Eagle Scout.
Her project was to collect books to supply Rosecrance Jackson Women & Children’s Center with a fully-functioning library.
“That the recovering mothers and their kids could use to bond with each other, use as bedtime stories, use to help teach their kids how to read, things like that,” Nichols said. “I chose it because, when I was a kid I really enjoyed reading. That was a huge part of my childhood, so that’s obviously important, and my grandparents Bill and Marienne Jackson were founders of Jackson Recovery Center, which is now Rosecrance Jackson. It was kind of a cool, family-legacy type thing.”
She collected over 1,500 books and raised $505 which was given to the center to buy more books and help with library expenses.
See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.