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Eagle Scouts tour dam bicycling cross country


Members of Eagle Scouts Cycling Across America look tiny as they marvel at the generators inside of the Left Powerhouse at Grand Coulee Dam. - Jacob Wagner photo

A large group of Eagle Scouts took a hard-hat tour of the Grand Coulee Dam June 25, going deep into the dam to explore the inner workings of the marvel of engineering.

The group, known as Eagle Scouts Cycling Across America, is currently bicycling across the country, starting in Seattle and ending in Virginia later in the summer.

The group of 32 people, ranging in age from 16 to 67, includes people from 12 different states, with many hailing from Virginia and Pennsylvania, in particular.

"It's a Boy Scouts function to spread the word about childhood obesity and physical fitness," Scoutmaster Bruce White said about their trip. "We interact with as many Scout troops as we can across the country and try to be ambassadors for Scouting."

White, who is traveling with his wife and their two sons, said they were staying at Steamboat Rock State Park one night and at Spring Canyon the next before heading on to Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, and beyond.

White said they brought along 250 inner tubes as well as 35 spare tires for repairs along the way. The group travels in vans when not bicycling.

More info on the group and their journey can be found at

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