Joel Stevens
Mason Flora as a Boy Scout in 2008.
Return To Little Sioux

Mason Flora has a tattoo just above his heart.

It features the date June 11, 2008, and a tornado, inked like a merit badge one might see on a Boy Scout sash.

For Flora, the tattoo marks a day he’ll never forget.

On June 11, 2008, Flora, then 15 years old, was one of nearly  100 scouts camping out at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch when a fast-moving, rain-wrapped tornado sprung from a thunderstorm and roared through the 1,800-acre campground south of Sioux City.