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Delays don’t deter Ashton Peters’ pride on becoming an Eagle Scout

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Ashton Peters is pictured with the family of Cimarron Thomas who passed away at the age of 12. They are, from left, Adara, Dale, Peggy, Julie and Brad Thomas.

MACKEYVILLE — Things don’t always go as planned. This year has proven that time and time again for many of us. But one determined young man wasn’t going to let this year take away a major accomplishment of his.

Family, friends and supporters braved the sweltering heat on Saturday afternoon as Woolrich Troop 66 Scout Ashton Peters, of Lock Haven, finally took his last step to becoming an Eagle Scout.

Ashton originally earned the title in October 2019 after completing his Eagle Scout Project, a Suicide Awareness Walk in honor of his late friend Cimarron Thomas.

He chose to do a memorial walk in memory of his best friend who lost her life at the age of 12. Coming back from the funeral service he came up with the idea of a memorial awareness walk.

Ashton worked very hard to put together the memorial walk. He worked closely with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which is the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Ashton’s mom Stacy places the Eagle Scout pin on his uniform while his father Bryon looks on.

At his project he had information booths with statistics along with counselors, and support groups that deal with mental illness and suicide. The weather held off and he had a great turnout. Over 150 people were in attendance. Ashton purchased all the materials for information boards, decorations, and also had 150 tee-shirts made to give out.

However even with his project complete he needed to participate in the Eagle Scout Court of Honors before everything became official.

Ashton’s mom Stacy Peters said he attempted to hold the Court of Honors two times before Saturday but was limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. That didn’t deter him however.

“He’s one brilliant kid,” she said.

He organized everything for the event held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, from the slide show to decorations and even an American Flag made of donuts, each iced in red, white and blue icing.

After his mother pinned the golden eagle to his uniform and his dad placed the red, white and blue Eagle Scout scarf around his neck, Ashton took a moment to reflect on his time in Troop 66.

“My first meeting with the troop was a little nerve wracking but it soon got better,” he said.

He spoke about the camping trips he’d been on and the connections he’d made with his fellow scouts, even reminiscing on the troop’s unofficial name “Merry Moist Campers.”

The name came to life during summer camp last year where it rained pretty much everyday, he said.

“While sitting in my tent just watching the rain pour I thought to myself that we were all moist and happy and were camping… after some thought Troop 66 of Woolrich became known as the Merry Moist Campers,” he said proudly. “Merry Moist Campers will always be a part of the troop!”

Ashton said he does his best to be a role model to others.

“I hope I become a role model to many more scouts in the future. I have had a great time with the troop and made many memories,” he said.

It took longer than he expected, but after months of uncertainty, Ashton can proudly say he’s an Eagle Scout.

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