Young Eagles program takes the Scouts flying

  • Friday, March 21, 2014

Cub Scout Torrell Randolph gives his little sister Christina a hug before taking to the skies.

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A wide-eyed group of 25 boys from Georgetown Cub Scout Pack 384 and Boy Scout Troop 300 took to the sky recently, seeing Georgetown in a whole new way and getting a taste of what it takes to fly a plane. The flights, held at the Georgetown Airport, were run and sponsored by the Young Eagles program, a group of pilots who provide free introductory flights for kids 8 to 18.

“Flying was extraordinary,” said Cub Scout Ben Richards. “Seeing all the parts of Georgetown County and Myrtle Beach was really cool. You could see the SkyWheel in Myrtle Beach and some of those houses in DeBordieu Colony were huge. The pilot was really nice and we had a great discussion. I would love to fly again soon.”

The flights were part of the Boy Scouts’ work toward earning an Aviation Merit Badge. Pack Leader Jeff Pelham added that the flights were part of a bigger picture in scouting.

“Like most scout activities, this is a chance for kids to get out of the house to see that there’s more to the world than video games and television,” Pelham said. “There are so many fun and interesting things to do out there!”

All the scouts received a certificate of achievement and their flight was logged into the Young Eagles’ digital log book. The older scouts also earned a personal flight log book, with instructions on how to take free online ground school flying lessons. Once completed, the scouts can take the FAA written flight exam and when they pass, the Young Eagles will pay them back for the test and give them a voucher toward their first hour of actual flight instruction and plane rental.

“If one of these boys really takes an interest in flying, this was a great way to get them off the ground,” Pelham, a former pilot, said. “They save money and meet the folks who really know their stuff.”

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