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Grant helps Scouts make tracks all year long

Posted 3/4/22

AVA — The Leatherstocking Council, Boy Scouts of America recently received a grant from the Edwin J. Wadas Foundation to purchase a dozen new snow bikes, three dozen mountain bikes and safety …

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Grant helps Scouts make tracks all year long

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AVA — The Leatherstocking Council, Boy Scouts of America recently received a grant from the Edwin J. Wadas Foundation to purchase a dozen new snow bikes, three dozen mountain bikes and safety equipment for Scouts visiting Camp Kingsley.

The snow bikes or “fat tire” bikes will be used year-round so Scouts can navigate snowy ground and rough terrain ideally suited to these types of bikes. The bikes are instrumental to helping the Scouts to complete their biking merit badges and for exercise with their units when they camp for the weekend.

“This is such a wonderful gift from the Edwin J. Wadas Foundation,” said Ray Eschenbach, Scout Executive for the Leatherstocking Council, “Many of our youth have not had the opportunity to learn how to ride, or simply could not afford their own bike. Scouting is all about learning new skills, getting outdoors and being active. These bikes will benefit hundreds of youths for years to come.”

As a result of this new program, and another grant from The Sears Family Foundation of Rome, the Leatherstocking Council will improve and expand a series of mountain bike trails around the 400-acre Camp Kingsley property for Scouts and leaders to use.

The gift of bikes includes a variety of bicycle sizes to ensure that all Scouts from the ages of 6 to 17 will have the opportunity to enjoy the bikes.

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