What a Great Week!
Kevin S. Woods (kswoods@CHRISTA.UNH.EDU)
Wed, 8 Oct 1997 13:59:14 -0700
I just need to boast for the Historic District of Daniel Webster Council
here in New Hampshire!
This past weekend we had fall camporee, sponsored by the Hampton NH
Aviation Explorer Post. (sorry I don't know the #) Held at the Hampton
Airport a small privately owned grass field airfield. All scouts who
registered had the opportunity to earn their Aviation Merit badge.
Scouts (boys) were required to register 2-3 months in advance along with
submitting an application for a Young Eagles orientatiin Flight. The Young
Eagles program is a part of the Experimental Aircrafters Association.
Commercial, private, and General Aviation pilots donated their time,
planes, fuel and all to make this event work!
During the day while awaiting their turn to fly, scouts attended "ground
school" sessions in navigation, preflight, instrunentation, general
aviation, rocketry and propulsion. Instruction was by pilots and flight
There were rocket launching and gas powered model aircraft demonstrations.
Over 200 scouts made it into the air in a variety that included a 2 seater
helicopter, Cessnas, and an open cockpit biplane!
Go ahead....ask me if the boys had fun!!! Does a Bear live in the woods?
Each boy was required to complete a merit badge test at each section while
it was being taught. This ensured they were paying attention and kept them
Many, Many, Kudos go out to Jeff Brown (NHAVIATOR@aol.com) who was the
ultimate responsible for the event. However, his Explorers did the bulk of
the planning, phone calls, and coordination.
Safety was Paramount and Leaders made it perfectly clear, there would be
"no excuses sir" to violations of restricted spaces (airfield).
As a thank you, the service project entailed all scouts and scouters
clearing the runway of as many rocks and stones as possible. These cause
damage to small aircraft.
The weather was a bit scary with a low ceiling shutting down flights
Saturday morning, but the afternoon was beautiful and at one point I
counted 12 aircraft in the sky. Flights averaged 15 minutes.
Sunday morning was a soaker, but it clear enough for our service project.
As a follow up, We brought our Troop (111) to the Manchester NH Airport
last night where the FAA gave us a tour of the radar room (tradoc) and of
the tower. great view at night, really awesome!. Then the maintenance
crew took us arount the complex via the field, stopping off at refueling,
fire station, and of course maintenance with their 30' snow plows and 150'
SO..... a great week of Scouting! ;)
Kevin S. Woods
Scoutmaster Troop 111
Daniel Webster Council
Historic District DWC Training chairperson
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