Local Girl and Cub scouts in the Oregon City Schools were invited to a rodeo at Maumee Bay State Park last months, but there were no calves to rope or bulls to ride.
It was a bike rodeo - a bike safety program geared toward elementary students. The event was conducted by Manda Rice, of Safe Kids of Greater Toledo at Toledo Hospital with the help from Kevin Repeta, of the Northwood Police Department; Mike Poddany, of the Oregon Police Department; and the Jerusalem Township Fire Department. The scouts learned bike safety through a series of education obstacle courses and a bike ride. A safety check was done on each bike and all helmets were properly fitted and checked for safety.
The event was an Eagle Scout project for Stephen Bohland, a Clay High School senior and Boy Scout with Troop 131, Jerusalem Township. Stephen is the son of Larry and Darla Bohland, of Oregon. The rank of Eagle Scout is Boy Scouting’s highest honor. An Eagle Project has several defined steps and requirements that scouts need to follow. The project has to be approved by a representative of Erie Shore Council and the Boy Scout Troop 131 committee members.
More than 40 Girl and Boy scouts and their families from all the Oregon City School elementary schools attended the rodeo and more than 25 families, friends, and Scout volunteers helped with the obstacle stations, registration table and snack table.
All participants were put in a drawing for a boy’s and girl’s 20-inch bike and accessories. The winner of the girl’s bike, sponsored by The Andersons and donations from family and friends went to Jerusalem Elementary student Delaney Gargac, Jerusalem Elementary. The boy’s bike winner, sponsored by Rod Gyurke of Oregon Insurance Agency was Connor Beaty, Brunner Elementary School student. Winners of the miscellaneous bike accessories were Brayden Lander, Lindsey Krieger, Nick Krieger and Caitlin Krieger, Wynn Elementary; Carlie Beaty, of Brunner Elementary; Skylar Mays, of Starr Elementary; Heidi Dreier, of Jerusalem Elementary; Samuel Bullimore and Daniel Cufr, of Coy Elementary; and Alexis McClain, of Fassett Middle School.
Stephen credits the other community sponsors that helped make the Eagle Project such a success, including Jim Brower, of Maumee Bay State Park; Walgreen’s; Wal-Mart; Kroger; Rite Aid, Oregon City Schools; and Mayor Marge Brown and the City of Oregon.
He also thanked his family, friends and fellow Scouts for their cash donations to help purchase helmets to those in need. Fourteen helmets were given out to rodeo attendees who didn’t have a safe, proper fitted helmet. An additional seven helmets were purchased to be given to the Oregon Health & Welfare Committee’s Christmas Basket Program for needy families during the holidays. The helmets were provided by Safe Kids of Greater Toledo.
In addition, Delaney Gargac, winner of the girl’s bike had asked that her bike, in honor of Stephen Bohland’s Eagle Project, be given as a Christmas present to a needy girl in the community.
“This selfless act of kindness truly shows the true meaning of the upcoming holidays and makes this Eagle Project come to a happy conclusion,” Stephen said. “This is what Girl and Boy Scouts are all about.”