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January 3, 2014

Scouts go the distance; troops to get Apple Award

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Members of three Boy Scout troops recently pedaled 150 miles to earn Bicycle Merit Badges, and Sunday those troops will be given another honor for their hard work.

Live Well Crawford County announced that its 2013 Apple Award — created to recognize the individuals and businesses that have positively impacted the health and wellness of the county — will be presented to Boy Scout Troops 81, 151 and 114.

About a year ago, Roger Lomshek, owner of Tailwind Cyclists and past Apple Award winner, began discussing with Troop 81 what it would take for local Boy Scouts to earn the Bicycle Merit Badge.

The troops completed seven cycling trips that began in August and ended with a 50-mile ride in November, which had to be completed within 8 hours. The final ride was the culmination of the most physically and mentally demanding merit badge a Scout can earn, according to participating Scoutmasters from Troop 81 of Pittsburg, Frontenac and Girard, Troop 114 of Fort Scott, and Troop 115 of Pittsburg.

“We had rides in weather that were as high as 100 degrees and as low as 30 degrees,” said Andy Myers, Scoutmaster of Troop 81, in a news release. “One of the most impressive parts to me was that all of the Scouts who started the badge stuck with it and finished.”

In addition to cycling 150 miles, the Scouts, ages 11 to 18, made appointments with Lomshek and his bike mechanic, Bob Dicken, to complete the first requirement of the badge: clean and adjust the bicycle; show how to adjust brakes, seat level and height and the steering tube; make necessary repairs; and show all points that should be checked regularly to make sure the bike is safe to ride.

Next was completing a round of education on safe bicycling and first aid for potential cycling-related injuries, including hypothermia, heat reactions, frostbite, dehydration, insect stings, tick bites, snake bites, blisters and hyperventilation.

The award will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the technology center at Pittsburg State University. The recipients of the award have been instrumental in creating programming or opportunities for people to implement healthy lifestyle changes, the release said.

Lomshek said the parents who are at work all day then chase kids all night also deserve applause.

“They’re the ones that went out of their comfort zones and tried something totally new,” Lomshek said.

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