This past summer the Boy Scouts of America’s national base, the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR), launched their new Bikepacking Program through the New River Gorge National River in southern West Virginia. For those who are unfamiliar, SBR is a training, Scouting, and adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America, the National Scout Jamboree, and anyone who loves the outdoors.
With the new Bikepacking Program, Scouts spend 4 days riding about 55-60 miles from summer camp to Fayetteville through gorgeous scenery and enticing history of the New River. Each bikepacking group is led by two BICP level 2 Intermediate Skills Instructors. These young men and women from all over the world use mountain biking as a tool to learn important life lessons such as group work, planning ahead and pushing through their comfort zones.
Why is BICP Training so important?
“With about 10,000 scouts coming through the SBR’s on-site and off-site mountain bike programs each year, our bikes staff needs to be highly trained to provide a safe, fun, and educational experience. We’ve been working with the BICP program for about 4 years now and 85% of the bikes staff is BICP Level 1 or Level 2 certified. This level and quality of training has shown through excellent participant feedback and low injury rates.” ~Summit Betchel Reserve
*Photos and video for this article made possible by Summit Bechtel Reserve.