REGION - The 2nd Annual Boy Scouts of America Motorcycle Run will be taking place on Sunday and many are excited.
“With cutbacks in funding every nonprofit is feeling the hit,” said Mike Lehutsky, a member of the committee running the event.
The committee is part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America (NEPABSA). It is chaired by Deb Coppola.
“The ride was developed as a way of helping to fund camp programs for scouts from lower income families,” Lehutsky said. “All of the proceeds from the run go into a fund to provide what we call camperships, the scholarship paying the cost of camp for boys who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend.”
The motorcycle run is sponsored by the NEPABSA, which includes Wayne and Lackawanna Counties.
The event has two starting points. One is at Baer's Sports Center in Honesdale and the other is at North American Warhorse in Dunmore.
“Both groups start out and meet along the route,” Lehutsky stated. “The ride ends at the Goose Pond Scout Reservation in Paupack Township.”
He added the effort is really crucial to helping ensure boys from lower income families are able to attend and benefit from the camp programs.
“Camping is one of the central activities involved with Boy Scouts,” Lehutsky said. “We don't like to see any of the boys left out of that activity because of financial reasons.”
He said they had a successful first year and are hoping it is more successful this year.
Coppola said the NEPABSA owns the Goose Pond Scout Reservation, which is primarily for Boy Scouts. They also own Acahela, a Cub Scout resident camp; the Parent and Pal Camp and a Day Camp for Cub Scouts.
“Last year 1,052 [of scouts from NEPABSA] attended Goose Pond and 681 attended the Cub Scout camps,” she said. “Out of those campers, 473 received camperships.”
She added the motorcycle run is a way of giving back to the scouts.
“All of the money raised goes directly to the campership fund,” Coppola stated. “In scouting we are firm believers in camping and think every youth deserves to be able to attend camp and make lifelong memories.”
She said last year brought around 200 bikers and added it's about a two hour ride.
After the motorcycle run there will be a barbecue and entertainment by The Crackers. There will also be a basket raffle hosted for the scouts by Victory Riders.
Every rider will get a patch and the first 200 will receive a T-shirt.
“There will be lots of good food, fun and fellowship,” Coppola said.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the ride starts at 11:30 a.m. The cost on the day of the event for rider/passenger is $25/$20.
A rain date is set for May 18.
Forms can be downloaded at www.nepabsa.org.