A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
These are the words that make up the Scout Law.
name is Cory White and I am an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 165
located out of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Every year, our troop embarks
on a journey to provide our scouts with life experiences and an
opportunity to make a difference doing something that makes a
difference. For our troop, that journey, more often than not, involves
riding our bicycles. Over
the past 15+ years, our troop has logged over 300,000 miles on our
companions and we tend to organize a week+ long adventure every year. In
past, we have ridden from Pittsburg to D.C by way of the C+O Canal,
to Key West, numerous Key Largo-Key West Century rides, across the state
York on the Erie Canal, San Francisco-San Diego, New York
even a 2000 mile loop that landed us on the front cover of Boy's Life
in May of 2011. Our ride this year, however, is the purpose for this
year, our troop has formed a cycling team, comprised solely of Eagle
Cyclists, aged 16-60+, and we are planning to trek across the country
Francisco to Virginia Beach. The ride will encompass 9 states, close to
miles, 56 days of riding, and over 150,000 feet of elevation. Throughout
journey, we will come in contact with Boy Scouts (we will be staying in
council Scout Camps along the way), cyclists (we've contacted numerous
clubs and have made quite a few friends with the WarmShowers community),
people in general and our purpose for the ride can be explained with our
mission statement: Our mission is to demonstrate how motivated young men, committed to the values
of exercise and healthy living, practice the twelve points of the Boy Scout Law
while challenging themselves to reach new heights.
we will enjoy ourselves thoroughly, this ride is not without purpose.
Throughout our contacts with people across the country, we will be promoting
the ideals of fitness, nutrition, overcoming adversity, and good character.There
is an epidemic in our country known as obesity and we do our part to help raise
awareness of that fact, specifically to the youth of today. Our
idea has been met with positive reinforcement across the board. We have
sponsorships with a Scouting-based Sports apparel company, and local area
businesses as well as varied support from numerous individuals across the
journey like this is a trip of a lifetime. However, everything has a cost. From
food, to lodging, to bicycle repairs and more, this trip has a hefty budget
which we cannot cover on our own. Up to this point, we have done numerous
fundraisers and jobs and received a wonderful amount of support. As grateful as
we are for what we have, we aren't there yet.
realize this may be a somewhat unorthodox approach, but we are an unorthodox
team, and we need your help.
Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated and will not go unnoticed.
Should you wish to learn more about this ride and our riders, please visit our website: www.escaa2014.org