An "Old Scout" and son cycle 1800 miles across America to press the BSA to change. The effort and it's impact.
This project would create a documentary film about a father and son's bike ride across the U.S. to bring change to the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) membership policies. Together with his son, David McGrath (a.k.a. "This Old Scout" and the young man on the left in the photograph, as he appeared in 1983 when he earned his Eagle rank together with his twin brother) and Joe McGrath will be riding their bicycles from Ammon, Idaho to BSA Headquarters in Irving, Texas, a total of 1440 miles (as reported in the news: War at home, Riding for Scouts Honor). When they arrive, they will celebrate victory for the change they support, or if they proposal they favors fails, they will pin their objections to the door of BSA Headquarters along with David's Eagle badge.
David's son Joe, a U.S. soldier who recently returned from the wars in the Middle East, is eager to participate in this effort on the home front.
The bike route will pass through Salt Lake City, an epicenter in the fight over BSA's membership policies. They will pass through Wyoming, stopping where Matthew Shepard was tortured and murdered by an Eagle Scout in 1998. They will be distributing informational materials about the proposed changes to BSA's membership policy and making presentations at several venues along the route.
The trip will be "unsupported," meaning they will rely on their own strength, the equipment and food they start out with, and the generosity of strangers the journey. They will be carrying their equipment on their bikes and sleeping rough
most nights. They will be traveling over some of the highest passes in North America and across the dry and windy Great Plains to bring their message for change to BSA Headquarters in Irving, Texas.
Funds are needed for memory cards, photography equipment and other costs associated with filming. The goal is to provide the equipment and support necessary to capture high-quality raw video footage to tell the story of the effort to bring change to one of America's most beloved institutions in a documentary film. This Kickstarter campaign will help fund only the effort to capture it on film. Through interviews, outtakes and candid footage, viewers will observe the steps taken to plan and implement this journey, how friends and family became involved, and the excitement and despair of tremendous physical exertion as David and his son attempt to bring attention to their cause. The story will be told through interviews with David and his family, historical photographs of scouting, but mostly through the preparation, journey, interactions with locals along the route, and reception of the ride and the role it plays in bringing institutional change.
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You will have the satisfaction of knowing you played an important role in getting this documentary film produced. (Also, you’ll receive some fun stuff from us – check out our rewards!).
OUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON YOU! Dr. Tom Hallaq (Ph.D., A.B.D.) of ISU, a professor of filmography at Idaho State University, has already committed to donate his time to cut the raw footage and assist with other post-processing requirements to prepare a rough-cut documentary to show at next year's film festivals and other interested venues.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, or for additional coverage of the preparation and daily updates once the ride begins, contact us directly on Facebook or at http://oldscoutspromise.blogspot.com,
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Injury, accident or adverse conditions may delay or prevent the completion of the ride. This is a human-powered bicycle expedition, requiring an average of 100 miles per day for 14 days in a row. They will be carrying their gear with them on their bikes. They will be miserable, cold, exhausted. We just want to film it. If they cannot complete their ride there will be less footage, possibly not enough to complete the documentary.
If you have photographs or video you would like to add, upload them to FaceBook and "share" them with the https://www.facebook.com/oldscoutspromise page. Public photographs posted to Flickr, Picassa or Tumblr should be marked with hashtag #OldScoutsPromise. And thanks for the contributions!
Most of the photography is being done by David and Joe. During portions of the trip (hopefully SLC, also in Irving, Tx) we will have one or more photographers with film school and/or professional experience capturing footage. Some of the outtakes and interviews will be done with professional camera handlers, all donating their time and energy (a scout is thrifty).
Yes! More participation means more people to take candid shots of. Of course, you are "on your own" in terms of your own gear, food and overnight accommodations . You must wear a helmet (kids are watching!) and ride safely, and follow the Scout Law. More details on the blogs (links above).
David and Joe are biking the entire distance. I will join them as I'm able. For instance, together with others I will participate in the Salt Lake City to Provo portion.
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