CAP Helps Boys Scouts with Young Eagle Flights
Three Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP) units helped the Boy Scouts of America, Milwaukee County Council – Root River District work towards their Aviation Merit Badges at the Dodge County Airport in Juneau, Wis. on Saturday.
The Boy Scouts held their “Soaring with Eagles” Camporee on Saturday while members from Dodge County Flight in Juneau, Colonel R.C. Jaye Memorial Composite Squadron in Watertown and the Sheboygan Composite Squadron in Sheboygan were on hand to assist the scouts with their EAA Young Eagle flights.
Acting as plane captains, CAP personnel kept track of which scouts flew in the planes as well as marshaling their assigned aircraft. Others acting as escorts making sure the scouts made it safely to and from their planes. They also helped the scouts board their respective planes and safely secure them in their seats.
Two members of the Dodge County Flight are also members of the EAA’s Young Eagles and helped to fly scouts as part of being an EAA volunteer. Major Brian Lerwick, squadron commander and Major Alexander Barclay, deputy commander were just some of the pilots that helped fly the scouts. During those flights, scouts had the unique opportunity to learn about flying and aviation.
The CAP hanger at the Dodge County Airport was made available to the scouts to work on their aviation related projects as well as a foul weather shelter.
Thanks to the efforts of the Civil Air Patrol members, the boy scouts that took part in the Young Eagle flights had a safe and educational experience. Having the opportunity to learn firsthand in how to move around aircraft safely as well as experiencing the joy of flying, is something they will not soon forget.
CAP members were presented with letters of appreciation from the Boy Scouts at the end of the day for their help in making the event a success.