Re: Aviation Explorer Post Start-up
Branden Morris (morris@NET1PLUS.COM)
Mon, 19 May 1997 12:18:01 +0000
>Date: Sun, 18 May 1997 21:29:58 -0400
>From: "Mac Purvis, Jr." <macpjr@PURVISBROS.COM>
>Subject: Aviation Explorer Post Start-up
... Big Snip...
>So, I would ask the help of anyone with experience with Aviation Explorers
>to answer a few questions and give any helpful advice in this venture:
I was involved with an Aviation Explorer post when I was a youth a few
years ago from age 16 to about 20, when the post unfortunately folded. Here
is some feedback I can give you on what we did:
>1. What kind of activities do the kids like?
Flying! :) We also began to work on ground school, and provided service to
local council events. We also attended air shows and museums. Towards the
end, we also started to get more into aerospace, and started building model
rockets, experimental unmanned gliders, and such. We were going to begin to
get into search and resuce when the post folded.
>2. Do you get cooperation from FAA? Airlines? Military? For tours,
We were chartered by a local civillian aviation flight school; an employee
there was our adviser; and since he was a former UASF officer and a CAP
adviser, so we also got support from the military indirectly through him --
using base facilities, instructional aids, etc.
>3. Do posts do a lot of actual flying, flight instruction etc.?
We would have flights maybe twice a month. Most meetings were spent working
on flight instruction; the other post advisors were also instructors, so
some Explorers were able to complete their pilot's licenses for free -- the
advisors donated their time and airplanes for flight hours, and we had
fundraisers to pay for gas and such.
>4. How often do they meet?
We met weekly.
>5. How many and what types of folks make good adult leaders?
We had three advisors; two had moderately strong Scouting backgrouonds (one
Eagle Scout), and one was the instructor at the school who specialized in
youth students. I would imagine that the key quality for this, as with any
Scouting program, is the adults need to be able to relate to youth on their
level. For Exploring, the adults need to be able to understand and interact
with the 14-21 year old age group.
>6. Anything else that would help us with the "look" and "feel" of what an
>Aviation Explorer post is like.
As far as look, we chose military-style flightsuits as our DDI (Distinctive
Dress Identity) -- these were sky blue flightsuits purchased from a
military-surplus catalog, similar to the ones you see astronauts wearing.
We decked them out with the appropriate BSA emblems in the correct places
(council strip, unit numbers, flag, Avaiation Exploring emblem). We had
wanted to work on some kind of advancement or proficency program, but that
too didn't get far before the post died out.
(BTW, the post died out when the advisers left the company and no one else
wanted to support the post, so we lost our charter.)
Good luck -- and have fun!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City