Grand Lake: Middle Park High School senior earns Eagle Scout rank |

Grand Lake: Middle Park High School senior earns Eagle Scout rank

Jared Cooper, son of Debbie and Mike Cooper of Grand Lake, received his Eagle Scout award on Oct. 5, 2008. Jared is a senior at Middle Park High School and a member of Troop 166, sponsored by the Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lakewood.

Guest speakers included Major David Mann, Randy Lumpp, Gary Nydegger and Jeremiah Tucker.

Jared’s service project to the community was Roaring Fork Trail Maintenance along Arapahoe Bay at Lake Granby in August 2007. After moving to Grand Lake before his junior year, it was difficult for Jared to attend Troop Meetings and Board of Reviews. Jared had his final Board of Review April 2008 during spring break.

Jared earned 29 merit badges surpassing the merit badge requirements for Eagle, and has served as senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader and assistant patrol leader for Troop 166.

Starting as a Tiger Cub, Jared participated in summer and winter campouts, Pinewood Derbies, Scout shows and popcorn sales.

Jared was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, a brotherhood of honor campers, as an Order member. Special awards he has earned are the Mile Swim, 5K Run and the Tahosa Alpine Adventure 50-mile hike twice.

In Jared’s acceptance speech, he gave thanks to all who have helped him along the way including his parents.

As a senior at Middle Park High School, Jared is a member of the Cross Country, Wrestling and Track teams.

Jared plans to attend Red Rocks Community College or Colorado State University in the fall of 2009 and major in Fire Science or Forestry.

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