George Tryfiates is 16-year-old sophomore who enjoys reading, sports and playing strategy games. In college, he plans to study economics and investing to prepare for a possible career in business. He joined Scouting and Troop 165 in 2010. George’s scouting experience has taught him that we all face hardships in life and sometimes the only way through them is by determining that we cannot give up, no matter how long and painful the challenge. His first long-distance cycling trip was the Ride Across Virginia—roughly 500 miles in eight days. He was itching to move up to the fastest group and finally got his chance. They started out slow, which surprised him. He soon found out why: They were climbing upward to Grayson State Park, which is situated in the same range as Whitetop and Mt. Rogers, Virginia's two tallest mountains. It was the most painful ride he had ever done. It took hours and he desperately pushed himself to keep up with the more experienced riders. When they finally reached the park, they collapsed in the shade exhausted, their legs burning from the exertion. The sense of accomplishment was immensely gratifying. It was wonderful to be with the advanced riders at the top of their climb. That day, George learned that, if a person endures, any goal can be reached. He often looks back and remembers how he overcame that hill. That memory encourages him to persevere in order to climb other hills in his life.
For his Eagle Scout project, George built a split rail wood fence around the Ron Rosner YMCA playground and installed signs detailing the playground rules and sponsors. It is also wrapped with galvanized wire to prevent children from climbing through the fence or toys rolling under it. The fence provides a fun, safe, and convenient environment for parents and their children to enjoy the outdoors with friends, while developing a more active lifestyle. He is the 100th Eagle Scout from Troop 165. Cycling interests George because it gives one the ability to enjoy the thrill of speed and the benefits of exercise. He believes that cycling is an excellent way to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. He is riding with ESCAA to demonstrate the benefits of cycling and to inspire youth across the nation to persevere in accomplishing their goals and dreams.