TROY student earns stripes at Philmont

Posted: Tuesday, 21 August 2007

TROY – For one Troy University senior, an experience during a summer internship may turn into a life-long hobby.

Jennifer Peters, a senior journalism major from Troy, found a unique opportunity to experience the outdoors while honing her journalism skills at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M. She’s spent six weeks interning with the ranch’s newsletter “The Philnews.”

Philmont, nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high-adventure base boasting more than 200 square miles of New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades and training programs have offered more than 820,000 Scouts and leaders training and service programs since its first year in 1939.

“My goals for the near future are to finish my internship, graduate from college and develop a love for the outdoors that I can take anywhere,” she said.

During her internship, Peters, 22, was responsible for staff writing and photographing stories for the weekly newsletter, including covering assignments in the backcountry. It was her first experience in a wilderness setting, she said.

“I’ve never been away from my family for more than a few days before this, and never been camping more than 20 feet away from the car,” she said, “and I have just started by ‘boy scouting’ career.”

Peters credits her father, Stanley, who has been involved and Scouting for several years, credits him for her inspiration to intern at Philmont. Stanley Peters has led several expeditions of Scouts from the Alabama-Florida Council that covers most of the Wiregrass.

“I think he realized that knowledge was the one thing he could not give me when I asked the question, ‘If I get lost, do I just walk north?’,” she said.

Peters is the daughter of Stanley and Carol Peters of Troy, and the granddaughter of Horace and the late Carolyn Peters of Ozark, and Francis and the late Frank Marshall of Ozark.