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Crampton earns rank of Eagle Scout

February 10, 2013
  • Cory Scott Crampton was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor Jan. 19 at Faith Christian Fellowship in Williamsport.
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GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Cory Scott Crampton was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor Jan. 19 at Faith Christian Fellowship in Williamsport.  

He is the son of Kathy and Donald Crampton of Sharpsburg. 

Cory is a member of Troop 287 in Greencastle, Pa., which is chartered by Otterbein Church. 

Cory first began Scouting in the spring of 2008. He participated in Scouting events, such as hiking, camp-outs and canoeing trips. 

One of the greatest events Cory and several members of his troop participated in was an excursion on the USS Iwo Jima in 2010 from Norfolk, Va., to New York City. Under the guidance of Scoutmaster Britt Salmon, they toured various parts of the ship, met Navy and Marine soldiers, and toured New York City.

Cory is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Guneukitschik Lodge 317.

He also served as quartermaster, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader in his troop, and to date, he has earned 21 merit badges. 

Cory attended Camp Sinoquipe for three years.

For his Eagle Scout project, Cory designed an area for members of his church to congregate for fellowship and conduct outreach events.

He planned, organized and led volunteers in the preparation and construction of an outdoor fire pit. He said he thought a fire pit would best serve the purpose because it could be permanent and used at anyone’s convenience without a lot of preparation to set up a fire on colder evenings while enjoying the outdoors. 

The fire pit is on church grounds surrounded by handmade cedar benches that Cory designed and constructed from a fallen cedar tree on the church property. 

The project was completed in May 2012. Cory completed his Eagle requirements at his final board of review June 4, 2012.

At the court of honor, the master of ceremonies was Eagle Scout Coby Salmon.

Pastor David Vance delivered the invocation and fellow Scouts of Troop 287 presented the colors. 

Josiah Gayman led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Scout Oath. 

Scoutmaster Britt Salmon affirmed that Cory completed all requirements to receive the rank of Eagle, while Channing Timmons interpreted the significance of each. 

The Eagle Charge was given by Joseph Thornton, while fellow Eagle Scout Micah Gayman administered the Eagle Promise. 

Kathy and Donald Crampton presented their son with the Eagle Scout medal and Eagle certificate. Cory presented his mother with the Eagle mother’s pin and his father with the Eagle father’s pin. 

In addition, Cory honored his sister and grandparents with Eagle pins.

For their support and guidance throughout his Scouting career, Cory honored Carrie Boyer and the late Rod Boyer, his first Scoutmaster, with a mentor pin, as well as his current Scoutmaster, Britt Salmon, and youth pastor, Brian Kelly, for the impact they have made on his life. 

Carrie Boyer presented Cory with Rod Boyer’s Eagle belt buckle and Cory’s name was added to a walnut plaque along with the other Eagle Scouts’ names from  Rod Boyer’s troop in his memory.  

State Sen. Christopher Shank presented Cory with a Maryland Senate resolution in recognition of the achieved rank of Eagle Scout.

Thomas Wibberley, on behalf of the Navy, presented a letter of recognition in memory of his son, Craig Wibberley, Seaman 1st Class, who gave his life for his country while serving on the USS Cole. 

Vance presented Cory with a letter of recognition from Faith Christian Fellowship. 

Cory was also presented a letter of recognition from Switchback Student Ministry delivered by Kelly. 

Cory received a book that contained congratulatory letters from many dignitaries, including living presidents, the vice president, the secretary of state, Senate representatives, delegates, governors, NASA, FBI, CIA and Stephen J. Bisciotti, the owner of the Baltimore Ravens. 

A flag will be flown over the U.S. Capitol on Cory’s birthday, June 7, 2013, to recognize his achievement to Eagle Scout. 

The benediction was given by Kelly and the ceremony was followed by dinner at the church.

Cory is a freshman at Hagerstown Community College, studying computer networking.

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