Troop 1978 took a four-day bicycle tour of the C&O Canal from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C. The Scouts: front row, from left: Heather Barrett, Max Butler, Ryan O’Connor, Peter Barrett, Alex Cann, James Packer, Michael Fronzaglia, Nick Ruszkowski, Carl Packer (kneeling), Tara Ruszkowski, Paul Renard. Second Row, from left: John Mee, Elizabeth MacGregor, Lukas Butler, Carl Packer, Andrew Nicholson, Max Cretal, Douglas Preaskorn, Eric Cann, Andy Doran, William Doran.
Fourteen Scouts from Troop 1978, sponsored by St. Marks Church, Vienna set out on a four-day bicycle tour of the C&O Canal from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C. Friday, July 12. The Scouts made the 184-mile ride in four days, finishing Monday, July 15. The Scouts, ranging in age from 11 to 15, all finished the ride. The young cyclists earned the Boy Scouts of America Cycling merit badge, as well as the C&O patch and five rockers representing each of the Scout councils through which the towpath passes. Several adults from the troop joined the Scouts on the canal towpath and others drove support vehicles.