Bike rodeo promotes Scouts

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bike Rodeo: Cub Scout Pack 73 and Boy Scout Troop 1929 will host a Bike Rodeo on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at King’s Fork High School. The event, which was held in a private parking lot last year, is intended to help recruit young boys into Scouting.

Local Boy Scout troops and packs are pairing up with the Suffolk Police and Fire and Rescue departments to bring some clean, safe fun to children on Saturday.

Pack 73 and Troop 1929, with the help of other units, are hosting their second annual Bicycle and Fire Safety Rodeo on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at King’s Fork High School.

“We’re all about the kids having fun and putting safety first,” organizer Cindy Fegley said. “We hope the community can come out and take a look at what we do. The Boy Scouts are an excellent program and an opportunity for the boys to learn valuable life skills.”

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Children are invited to bring their bikes and helmets to participate in obstacle courses and tests of skills set up by the police department.

There will also be free helmets available from the Lynn Chiaverotti Memorial Fund, while supplies last. Bike West will conduct free safety inspections from 10 to 11 a.m.

Other activities will include the fire safety house, face painting, balloon animals and refreshments by Hardees.

Local troops put their heads together to start the rodeo last year to help get the mission of the Boy Scouts and their local presence out and into the community.

“We want to give the kids coming back to school a fun weekend activity to look forward to, and give parents whose children aren’t in the Boy Scouts a chance to see what we do.”

There are at least 10 Cub Scout packs in the area and several Boy Scout troops in Suffolk, with more in Isle of Wight and Surry counties.

“Scouting is about building character and instilling values in children,” Fegley said. “It’s also about outings and teaching about the outdoors. We go camping, participate in Clean the Bay days and do fun things like the Pinewood Derby and Rain Gutter Regatta during the year.”

Fegley’s son, now in seventh grade, has been active in the Boy Scouts since he was in first grade.

“He started as a Tiger in Cub Scouts and has been in it ever since,” Fegley said. “It’s really helped him with his confidence and making friends.”

To find out more about the bike rodeo or how to get involved with the Boy Scouts, call Fegley at 334-2464.