If the MMBA would approach this a little differently, like say teaching the Cycling merit badge and help getting a Mountain Bike program up and running during Summer Camp(maybe a donation of some older MB's that people have laying around so the boys can ride the trails), I think the camp would take a very different view of Mountain biking. If it is not part of the Scout Program, then they have no long term interest in keeping this trial up and running. I think we should be pushing that all the Boy Scout summer camps in the state have a Mountain bike program, hook these outdoor oriented kids early, you will see a lot camps trails open up. Just my two cents worth....
excellent idea, could you help with this?
Rick, I am all for doing anything to try and get the MMBA and the BSA talking about Mountain Biking. If you would like to take this offline, feel free to PM me. This camp though, specifically is out of my range of contacts. I don't know anyone in the Chicago Area Council and I live on the Detroit Area. If it was the Great Lakes Council, I would know who to call to make an offer. What I can tell you though, is how to make the pitch. I think we are pitching this as, what can we do to keep this trail open for US to ride. The Boy Scouts don't give a *beep* about US. We need to make this about some Mountain Bike Program that we can do for them, that results in US also being able to use the trails. All these camps are fighting for the ability to stay open and provide a program that will draw troops into them, maybe to big a time commitment for us, but if you could come up with a great program for them to run during summer camp, that was a draw to bring scouts in. That would be what would really matters to them.
Case in point is camp D-BAR-A on the east side. They have a whole horse riding program that draws people in as a destination. If Owasippe, could become a scout biking destination with the help of the MMBA and this brought in troops all summer and fall, that would be something they would be interested in.
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