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Never Give Up (from page 16)
mitment to my team. The troop would
finish the bike trip whether or not I
was along. But without me, the team
would have to forfeit the game and be
out of the playoffs. It was a long ride
home that night.
The troop completed the trip the
next day in grand style. The patrol
leaders and other older Scouts led the
way as they covered the final 49 miles
in record time.
Afterward, everyone realized how
important the trip had been for each
Scout and for the troop as a whole.
Eddie Downs, a Scout who had been
in the troop for three years, summed
it up best when he said the trip had
been the highlight of his Scouting
We had become a different troop.
The trip had pumped new life into us,
and proved to be the beginning of an
active and fun summer. We won the
"top troop" award at summer camp,
and captured many honors at the dis-
trict camporee in the fall. Mr. Rumple
continued as Scoutmaster and by the
following summer Mr. Males had re-
covered enough to accompany us to
In the weeks immediately follow-
ing the bike trip, however, I had been
left with an empty feeling for not hav-
ing completed the journey with the
troop. My baseball team had won the
playoff game and I had played well,
but despite pride in that accomplish-
ment, not having finished the trip had
been a big disappointment.
I knew what I had to do. One Sun-
day morning my dad and I got up at 5
and drove for two hours to the point
on the canal where I had left the
troop two weeks earlier. From there,
together my dad and I rode our bikes
the last 49 miles, to finish my bicycle
Mr. Males had shown unusual
courage and hadn't give up, so I
didn't see how I could either. ■
Grant Breithaupt is a Scout in Troop
8J+0, chartered to the North Stafford
Community Improvement League,
Stafford, Va. For an account of how
another troop traversed the 186-mile
canal trail, see "Hike W' Bike On the
C&O" in the March-April, 1993, issue
News Briefs (from page 6)
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