By: Herb Ryan
For the most part, Washington street in Custer is a lightly traveled road with the exception of the occasional local traffic and parking for a Chamber event or bike week. Late Thursday afternoon a group of 82 teenagers and 6 chaperones were dancing in Harbach Park. How I ask, could a person not stop and inquire as to all the cavorting and mayhem ?
The group turned out to be Teens Westward Bound who were on day 18 of a 23 day discovery of the “Great American West” and they were practicing a dance routine to be performed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, Friday afternoon. Tonight, the group will be the guests of the Custer YMCA and sleep on the floor of the Historic Log Building on Harney Street.
The Teens Westward Bound program founded in 1975 by Dennis Deaton and currently run by his son Grant Deaton and is based in Mooresville, North Carolina. The program is designed especially for exemplary young people who enjoy the challenge of feeling America by getting close to it. Described as an incomparable camping experience, most nights are spent sleeping under the stars when possible.
For more information contact: Teens Westward Bound