It sounds like the trailer for a summer blockbuster:
In a world saturated by television, smartphones and video games, one group of Scouts dares to step outside and show the world they still value the outdoors, exercise and self-discipline.
But this is better than a Hollywood movie.
As first reported on the Boys’ Life Scouting Around blog, a group of Eagle Scouts from Troop 165 out of Fredericksburg, Va., have a point to prove: Motivated young men still exist in this world, and many of them developed their character in Scouting.
How will they prove it? As you probably guessed by the headline, they’ll ride their bikes from San Francisco to Virginia Beach, Va. That’s 3,770 miles in 63 days, including some rest days.
“Our mission is to demonstrate how motivated young men, committed to the values of exercise and healthy living, practice the 12 points of the Boy Scout Law while challenging themselves to reach new heights,” according to a statement on the trip’s website.
The journey, which begins June 8, will take them through California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky and Virginia.
Are you an Eagle Scout living along that route?
If so, the Eagle Scout cyclists invite you to ride all or a portion of the ride with them. Visit their site for details and contact info.
I’m sure they’d also be more than willing to get cheered on by your pack, troop, team or crew as they pass through. Contact the riders with those types of questions, as well. They plan to ride with GPS trackers, so it will be pretty easy to estimate their arrival.
And stay tuned for more updates from these impressive young men.