Benjamin Prevost is an 18-year-old senior who enjoys cycling, playing guitar and participating in musical performances. He intends to enroll in college and is considering majors in music, business and computer drafting and design. He joined scouting in 2003, and Troop 165 in 2008. Ben maintains that, because of scouting, he has learned the value of perseverance, which has shaped who he is today. His first cycling trip with Troop 165 was along the C&O Canal tow path, from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington, DC. It was his first extended bike trip of any kind so, as you may imagine, he was quite slow. The adults, and even the older scouts, showed their leadership by staying back to ride with him; making sure he was drinking enough, teaching him how to ride properly, and constantly encouraging him to "just keep pedaling." Though he was miserable during parts of the trip, he kept peddling and learned to persevere. Since that cycling experience, he has completed 11 century rides, and ridden more than 5500 miles to date, including, in 2010, an almost 2000 mile loop to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts in America.
For his Eagle Scout project, Ben constructed a mile-long portion of a nature trail that serves the community by giving citizens the opportunity to walk the trail and appreciate the outdoors. He cleared trees and thick brush, constructed and installed two 10'x12' bridges crossing creeks and added stone dust on either side of each bridge as ramps. Ben enjoys both the physical health benefits as well as the comradery that develops among long-distance riders. He enjoys working on bicycles, and has become the resident expert for ESCAA because of his experience working at a cycling shop. Ben is participating in the ESCAA ride because, as mentioned, he enjoys the comradeship both among the riders in the ESCAA team and with those riders who will join us along the way. Further, he strongly believes that our mission statement is one worthy of taking across America.