Aviation Merit Badge
Aviation is the name, but flying is no game. While not the official October outing, many Troop 112 scouts took advantage of an amazing opportunity to earn the Aviation Merit Badge in October. On Friday evening, the troop convened at the Indianapolis Executive Airport in Hamilton County. After pitching tents, the scouts regrouped in a hangar at the airport for their “classroom” instruction. Nearly all merit badge requirements were met on Friday evening as the scouts had an opportunity to see and touch (some of) the aircraft in the hangar. After a brief snack, the scouts settled into their sleeping bags for a pre-flight night of sleep.
On Saturday morning, we enjoyed a light breakfast prior to the flights beginning. Shortly before 0900, the first group of scouts were led to the pre-flight area. Shortly thereafter, the first pilot arrived with a four-seat Cessna aircraft. As our scouts left in groups of three, each scout was given an opportunity to takeoff and remain in control until it was time to land. By careening through the air at approximately 150 MPH, each group was able to see much of the Indianapolis area from a relatively low altitude. Many scouts flew over their home, school, etc. One scout was incredibly excited to see his dad wave from their yard!