Chandler Nielson

Chandler Nielson wanted to find an Eagle Scout project that would really make a chage in others lives.  Once his idea was formed, the plan was set, he has fully fulfilled his responsibility in planning, promoting and executing his Eagle Scout Project.

Chandler’s plan was to provide books for under privileged children in Ghana was hugely ambitious and one that will no doubt make a difference in their lives for years to come. These books will likely be passed from hand to hand and enrich the education and lives of many children in the years to come.

Chandler provided the pertinent information in his Eagle Project application and was prepared to begin promoting his project and soliciting book donations as soon as approval was given.

Over a period of weeks, Chandler clearly communicated his goals to our church group and asked for help in donating books, money and time. The response to his request was very good and he was able to collect a large variety of textbooks, reference books and children’s books for the project.

Once his deadline had passed and all the books were collected, he arranged for a large group of volunteers to help him transport the books to the shipping container that would transport them to Ghana. With many family, fellow troop members and adult leaders to help, Chandler was able to surpass the goal he had set for books to be delivered.

Perhaps the most rewarding part of the project was having Chandler and his dad actually travel to Ghana and visit the place where his books are being used. He was able to see his project in action – firsthand. But it didn’t end there. The trip and the Ghanian people made such an impression on Chandler that he wanted to do more. As a result, he and his dad have started a non-profit organization called “Reaching Africa” that will continue to assist in the education and medical treatment of the African people.

This project made a huge impact with the recipients and an equally huge impact on Chandler. It started with a big idea that has only gotten bigger.  This project lead to the idea of continuing to help others in West Africa.  Out of this, Reaching Africa Foundation was formed.


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Jason Nielson, MD

Dr. Jason H. Nielson has completed a pediatric and adolescent sports medicine fellowship in the U.S.A. at Harvard’s Children’s Hospital. Under the tutelage if Dr. Lyle Micheli, one of the fathers of adolescent and pediatric sports medicine, and the many highly trained surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Nielson is trained in treating acute and overuse injuries in the young athlete and children. As a covering physician of the Boston Ballet, Dr. Nielson also has a keen interest in dance medicine and hip arthroscopy.

Dr. Nielson holds an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University. He completed medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1999. He trained as an orthopedic surgeon at Montefiore Hospital in New York. He has been recognized at each level with awards of excellence. He has published many scientific articles and has written numerous chapters on orthopedic, sports and dance medicine topics. Dr. Nielson is active in his community and his church, holding leadership responsibilities with the youth and adults. Jason and his wife, Melissa, have five children.


Sean Gubler, DDS

Sean earned his Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology from Brigham Young University in 1996. He graduated in 2003 from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry with dental and oral surgery honors. In practice for over three years, he is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Nevada Dental Association, the Southern Nevada Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. He also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America. When not reading a good book, he spends his free time keeping up with his three energetic children.