For Peters Scout, Eagle award is all in the family

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When a boy enters the Boy Scouts of America program, the odds don't favor achieving Scouting's highest honor -- the Eagle Scout award.

Only about 4 percent of all Boy Scouts earn Eagle status. It is unusual for two individuals of the same family to reach that goal, and it is truly rare for three generations to attain it.

Christopher Matsin Laster, 17, of Peters, however, has followed his father, Kevin, and his late grandfather, Jim, as recipients of the Eagle Scout award. In addition, Christopher joined four uncles in becoming an Eagle Scout when he received the award Sunday.

Christopher, a senior at Peters Township High School, earned 34 merit badges during his Scouting career, exceeding the 21 required for consideration.

For his service project to obtain the rank, Christopher led more than 20 volunteers in collecting, cataloging, packing and shipping hundreds of pounds of books and school supplies to newly built schools in Tanzania. He worked with a missionary group in rural Tanzania that helps villages build secondary schools.

His father was on hand to see him receive his award and said that Christopher's grandfather would have been proud to be there.

"He would have absolutely loved it. I would have had him give the speech. He thought it was a great program," Mr. Laster said.

"In my mind was a feeling of overwhelming pride," he said of watching his son accept the honor. "Christopher has always displayed a keen awareness of character, and others naturally follow him."

Besides Scouting, Christopher is involved in activities at school, too.

He is captain of his school's champion fencing team, and is a member of the government, legal, computer, photography and spirit clubs.

He plans to attend college to pursue a career in engineering or medicine. "A big part of Scouting is learning how to be a leader," Christopher said. "I have held several leadership positions over the years, and I am working with younger Scouts on a weekly basis. This has influenced many aspects of my life outside of Scouting, including sports, clubs and academics."

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