WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Piqua Boy Scout Troop 344 went to great lengths to earn their Cycling Merit Badge, riding their bikes from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C., cycling a total of 185 miles.
The troop cycled 30-50 miles a day from June 12-18, and rode along the historic C & O Canal. In order to receive the badge, each member had to put in 50 miles of cycling in eight hours, which was a success for the troop.
During the day, the group was involved in service projects, such as taking a tree out of a pathway and members babysitting a child while the father sought medical attention. Meetings were also held to discuss their progress and they did cycling repair for flats or changing inner tubes to prepare for the next day.
In the evening, dinner was prepared and members camped in tents along the path and also did further maintenance on their equipment. Rain or shine, the boys were dedicated to their mission.
“It was fun,” said Dylan Warren, 13, senior patrol leader. “Some of the days were harder than others, but it was a good experience.”
Warren said each troop member trained individually. Warren and his father, Dan Warren, cycled 11 miles each day for a week to prepare for the adventure.
“I think one of the biggest challenges was just riding 50 miles a day,” Warren said. He also stated he enjoyed participating in the service projects every day and that it “was fun, and it was good work.”
Among others besides Warren and his father who participated were Bob McPherson, Bradley McPherson, Shirley McPherson, Haily McPherson, Clayton Malone, Jody Malone, and Zack Giguere. Scoutmaster of the troop is Jody Malone.
Troop 344 is a very active and productive group that is mostly boy-lead, and meet at the Bethany Center every Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m., with the goal of camping at least once a month.
For more information on the troop and upcoming events, visit their website at www.piquatroop344.weebly.com.
Reach Amy Barger at (937) 451-3340.