Scouts Celebrate 100th Anniversary at Fantasy of Flight's Second Annual Aviation Camporee March 5-7, 2010 Scouts Study Restoration and Maintenance of Rare and Vintage Aircraft To Earn Aviation Merit Badges
Fantasy of Flight's unique collection and exhibits provide the perfect entertaining and educational scout troop outing.
POLK CITY, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2010) - Earning their aviation merit badges will be an experience that hundreds of Boy Scouts will never forget, as they gather at Central Florida's premier aviation attraction, Fantasy of Flight, for the attraction's Second Annual Aviation Camporee, Friday, March 5 through Sunday, March 7, 2010.
To help the Scouts celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, Fantasy of Flight will present the attraction's Second Annual Aviation Camporee where scouts can earn their aviation merit badges with the help of skilled aviation experts.
Throughout the action-packed weekend in March, the boys will practice their primitive camping skills while participating in a variety of educational and immersive aviation-themed activities. The Scouts not only will tour Fantasy of Flight and visit real working aircraft maintenance and restoration areas, but also have the chance to talk with aviation mechanics, restoration specialists, and pilots by participating in a variety of special merit badge stations. They also will experience a number of simulators such as piloting a hot air balloon, flying a hang-glider or taking the controls in the cockpit of a real Corsair fighter. In honor of the 100th anniversary of scouting, a special giant scale R/C aircraft demonstration will be performed, courtesy of the Mid-Florida R/C Club.
As a former Boy Scout, Fantasy of Flight creator and founder Kermit Weeks is especially excited to help young Scouts launch their dreams, whatever they may be. "As a young man, I had big dreams, and certainly looked to role models to help me fulfill those dreams. It's my privilege and honor to help foster the hopes and aspirations of today's youth," said Weeks. "I want to encourage these young men to push their boundaries and strive to be all that they can be."
Weeks is not only the creator and founder of the attraction, he is a former world aerobatics champion, airplane designer and children's book author. In 2008, he won a Bronze IPPY Award in the 13th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards for his children's book, "All of Life is a School" (KWIP Publishing, $19.95).
Cost of the Camporee weekend is $28 per person plus tax. The $28 rate includes admission to Fantasy of Flight, specially tailored tours and Scout merit badge stations, activities, campsite and lunch on Saturday. Reservations are required and admission is limited. To book, call Stephanie Connor, 863-984-3500, ext. 220 or e-mail email@example.com.
Fantasy of Flight is Central Florida's premier aviation-themed attraction showcasing vintage aircraft from the world's largest private collection; themed immersion experiences; flight simulators; interactive exhibits; a tram tour of aircraft maintenance areas; Restoration and Backlot tours; Fun with Flight center for families and the country's only Aerial Demonstration of the Day (weather permitting) featuring a vintage plane. General admission also includes The Tuskegee Airmen - They Dared to Fly exhibit; the multimedia tribute to the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) - A Passionate Pursuit, a walking audio tour and many special events throughout the year.
Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. General admission is $28.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors ages 55 and over and $14.95 for children, ages 6-15, plus 7 percent sales tax. Annual passes are available for $69.95 for adults, $39.95 for children ages 6-15, plus 7 percent sales tax, and are good for one year from the date of purchase. Biplane rides, through Waldo Wright's Flying Service, and hot air balloon rides, are available for an extra charge. For more information about Fantasy of Flight, call 863-984-3500 or visit www.fantasyofflight.com.