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Scouts Zip Lining for Speed, Adventure, and Self Esteem

Fast Zip line is New Adventure at Bear Creek Scout Reservation

by Angel Martinez for the Alamo Area BSA: June 30, 2015

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council kicked off another summer camp adventure at Bear Creek Scout Reservation that features one of the fastest zip lines in Texas. Youth experienced fun and exciting additions, like Zip-lines and BMX, to the traditional Boy Scout programs while continuing to learn the core values of Scouting.  On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, I had the privilege of capturing the story of the first group of Scouts to take the C.O.P.E. program's fastest "scenic tour" of Bear Creek by zip line that included our Scout Executive, Michael de los Santos and his guest, J.T. Street of Street's Corner of KABB Fox 29 TV.  C.O.P.E. is short for challenging outdoor personal experiences that is comprised of group initiative games that build teamwork, trust, leadership, and self-esteem.  

"It's great to give the boys an opportunity to experience something exhilarating at camp.  It gives you the full experience of flying and being free, and I think that's what we are about.  It's about helping the kids get the freedom to grow and become young men and young ladies.  This one element of Bear Creek and the C.O.P.E. course, and the stepping off that cliff is gonna help these kids in the future say, 'Okay, at one time years ago at Bear Creek I jumped off a 120 foot cliff on a 1200 foot zip line going 50 m.p.h. and what I'm about to be faced with is a piece of cake'," said Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive / CEO, Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council. 

The Bear Creek Zip line Adventure takes riders on a 120-foot drop off the cliff to the bottom of the valley with max speeds of 50 miles per hour. Scouts are propelled 1200 feet through Bear Creek and parts of the Hill Country making it one of the unique dual zip lines in Texas.

"It was scary after the first jump, but after that everything was really fun," said Boy Scout Simon C. of Troop 300.  

Ben R. also a Boy Scout with Troop 300 out of Seguin had this to say, "It was a really beautiful view, and it was sort of scary...I was relived but sad when I got off the platform...Bear Creek is an amazing place!"

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Bear Creek Scout Reservation

Since 1957, Bear Creek Scout Reservation has been a summer home to thousands of Scouts. Providing unforgettable camping memories, Bear Creek has afforded many boys their first opportunity to experience self-reliance in a beautiful natural setting in the Texas Hill Country.

About the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council

The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to over 28,500 youth and 7,500 volunteer adults in South Texas. The Boy Scouts of America continue to prepare young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training utilizing outdoor activity, citizenship, and sports fitness. For more information about the Alamo Area BSA, visit www.AlamoAreaBSA.orgExternal Link.

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