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Chris Shaw
04-12-2003, 04:09 AM
Hi All

have received an initial invitation from the Aviation Explorers - part of the Boy Scouts of America (Learning for Life program) to ask if a small contingent of 15-20 Explorer Scouts/Network Scout members who have an aviation interest would be interested to attend and be part of the team at the EAA AirVenture event in Oshkosh in 2004.

This is the worlds largest airshow & convention held annually at Oshkosh in Wisconsin. Over the last 7 years the Aviation Explorers (US) have held a Aviation Explorer Base Camp during the event, so that as well as doing some voluntary work there the young people can also experience the fun and activities at the event and participate in a weeks camping experience. As it is overseen all the safety and child protection issues appear to be covered.

At this stage I am investigating possible interest and if there is a reasonable level then I will organise a planning meet to get feel of whet additional activities post-event participants want out of the trip.
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WHAT: Aviation Explorer Base Camp, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004.

Aviation Explorers we will be working some volunteer service hours in such areas as Ultralight, KidVenture, and the Seabase. The Aviation Explorer Base Camp has become a "go to" place when other areas need volunteers. The rest of the time they had fun experiencing the world's largest aviation convention and air show.

WHEN: Sunday July 25, 2004 Through Sunday August 1, 2004 (with the idea that we add on a week afterwards in Canada or USA).

WHERE: Whitman Regional Airport; Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
ACCOMODATION: Camping - UK contingent would have to organise their own tents / camping equipment.

COST: $150.00 (approx) inclusive of 3 meals per day (provided).
(NOTE: Does not include travel to/from UK or any post event activities - this would need planning - estimated full cost would be in the region of £600 for the 2 weeks).

Other Activities available:
EAA MUSEUM - Open daily, free admission, free shuttle bus to and from convention site. A world-class museum includes exhibits on everything from homebuilts to warbirds, theaters, operating dioramas, art, photography and more. A must to do!
FORUMS - Lectures, discussions and demonstrations on scores of aircraft, flying and space subjects. Look for Youth Forums designed specifically for Explorer aged youth. The Forum schedule will be posted in camp for daily reference.
AIR SHOW - Every afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. .
FAA BUILDING - Informative displays on FAA operations. Open daily, educational.
NASA BLDG - Displays on air and space projects. Open daily, educational
AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS - Commercial Manufacturers exhibits, Vintage and Modern Military (Warbird) aircraft, Antique and Classics, Custom, Home-Built, Experimental and Ultra-Light planes in the show plane display area on the flightline.
FLY-MARKET - (The aviators Flea Market) You name it and you can probably find it here.
THEATER IN THE WOODS - Program and entertainment nightly - Movie following. Come early for good seats.
CAMP SCHOLLER - A popular evening retreat for young adults, camp store, movies after dark.
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Having done some initial research, we could have a weeks camp either at a Royal Canadian Air Force Base or at one of those Wilderness Camps that the BSA are so good at - for example Canadian Canoeing for a week.
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If anyone is interested let me know soonest so that planning can start! (any other leaders out there also interested in the organising?)


Regards

Chris Shaw
National Advisor - Air Scouting