Robert Atkinson is a 45-year-old husband and father of one Eagle Scout, Max, one soon to be Tiger Scout, Diego, and one beautiful ballet dancer Emma. He and his wife Rocio will be celebrating their 22nd year of marriage the day before the ESCAA trip is completed. He is a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield, with a BA in History, and Political Science, and an MA in Education. He joined the California Army National Guard and met his wife while in college. Robert became a credentialed Elementary School teacher and remained a traditional M-day Soldier until September 11, 2001. Robert is currently a Lieutenant Colonel, AGR Officer assigned to the G1, National Guard Bureau.Robert joined scouting in 2006, and Troop 165 in 2013. He has been directly involved with his son’s Eagle Project and has helped in numerous others.
Robert developed his passion for cycling when he began working at TA Cyclery, Bakersfield CA at the age of 15. He still rides the bike he build while working as a bike mechanic at the bike shop in 1984. Robert has shared and cultivated his passion for cycling with his family and especially his sons. Cycling is one of those life time activities that allow you to enjoy time with others and embrace the beauty of the world—it’s something that cannot be experienced insulated in a motor vehicle. More than anything else, Robert really enjoys being a husband, father, and friend. Those three traits were passed on to him from his father, and he works every day to instill them into his sons. The ESCAA adventure is an opportunity of a life time and he feels blessed to be able to be a part of it with his son, friends, and Scouts.