submitted by Scout Master Shawn Benjamin
North Baltimore Boy Scout Troop 315 traveled to Toledo to attend the YAA, Youth Aviation Adventure at the Toledo Public schools Aviation Center (at Toledo Express Airport). Nine scouts and 2 adult leaders were educated in the field of aviation from pilots.
Scouts attending the event were: Billy Trout, Noah Pelton, Noah Hetrick, Tyler Stimmel, Joe White, Damon Dotson, Aiden Gore, Nick Eninger and Aron Powell from Troop 224 Black Swamp attended.
The scouts learned about propeller and jet technologies, flight inspections, types of aircraft and ranges and speeds for each, including an F-16 Fighter jet. Both Military personal and Emergency response personal helped teach the boys about flight safety, Fire hazards, fighter specs. Did you know that an F - 16 fighter can fly at speed up more than 1200 mph?
Through the day, the scouts were sent to eleven stations each covering different topics about flight. One segment allowed the scouts to learn about careers and opportunities to attend Flight school for free. Upon graduation, a student will receive a degree in Aviation mechanics, an associates degree and free college education to further their studies. Annual salaries ranging from $60,000 to six figures.
A jeopardy themed contest at one segment challenged the scouts with others attending in aviation knowledge. Four boys from our troop, Billy Trout, Tyler Stimmel, Joe White and Aiden Gore won the tournament and were then awarded each a prize. In the end. All Troop 315 participants fulfilled their requirements and earned the Aviation Merit Badge.
above is a video link of what the scouts experienced Saturday . It is promotional and none of our scouts are in it but is exactly what the day was like for them.