Pedron, 18, achieved Scout rank in March 2006 and has completed 30 merit badges on the trail to Eagle — nine more than required. Along the road to Eagle, he advanced to Second Class and Tenderfoot ranks in summer of 2006, attained First Class rank in summer of 2007 and was Star Scout in spring 2008.
In the Spring of 2010, he achieved his Life Scout rank and attained Eagle on June 26, 2013.
Pedron said he joined Cub Scouts when he was small so he could make more friends, but along the way he has learned more than the meaning of friendship.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned is self-reliance,” he said. “When I was younger, I tended to rely on others to tell me what to do. I could figure out how to get it done that type of thing, but I wasn’t really a self-starter. I needed direction on what to do.”
His biggest influence was his grandfather, John Rowlett, who died a few years ago. At Saturday’s Eagle Scout Ceremony he presented the scouting mentor pin to his grandmother, Diane Rowlett, in honor of his grandfather.
“Even now I think of what he’d do in my situation and I would act on the advice he’s given me,” Pedron said.
He added that he also admires the exuberance his dad has put into being Scoutmaster.
Kelly Pedron, in turn, said it was a pleasure watching his son go through the scouting ranks.
“He has become a natural leader, and I've seen him ‘in action’ several
times, including at last year's Rotary Club Crab Feed, and at last year’s Lion's Club Ball Drop, when he was asked to organize and direct the Scouts working at those two functions. You could put him in charge of anything, and he would take care of it.”
It was while he was Star Scout, and looking for an Eagle service project that Pedron spoke with Ron Swift, former scoutmaster of Troop 81 and presently scoutmaster of Troop 82, about an Eagle project.
Swift mentioned the Patterson Township Historical Society was looking to set up an exhibit in Patterson Branch Library.
“He needed a few strong backs to move the items to display,” Pedron remembers. “It required organizing, planning, getting the group for the job.”
In the end, more than 70 people—scouts and adults — helped move several historical items from the museum to the Patterson Branch Library, doing heavy lifting and filing and organizing the items.
Pedron has held many positions in the troop, such as patrol leader of the Penguins, and troop quartermaster, scribe, librarian, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader. He has logged many nights of camping and has attended summer scout camp for a number of years at camps, such as Camp John Mensinger and Camp Wente.
His community service includes Scouting For Food and participating in Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies and putting up flags at major holidays.
He is a 2013 graduate of Modesto High School, where he participated in cross-country and swimming, although he plans to attend University of California, San Diego and major in bioengineering.
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