GSGLA/SFV 99s Aviation Badge Day
In conjunction with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’ STEM program, and a Women of Aviation Worldwide Week event, we hosted 55 girls and a Cub Scout pack of 9 boys on Saturday March 12th.
After a wild week of on-again/off-again rain, the weather turned out to be a wonderfully sunny and beautiful day! There were several wheels in motion with a lot of activities and sessions for the kids to move between. These included educational sessions on navigation, the history of women of aviation, communication, a static display of 7 planes, the EAA hangar tour, & the hit of the day tower tours. It was a full day. SFV 99s who volunteered thank you so much! We needed all hands on deck and then some. We could have used several more runners getting kids from session to session. We were thankful for Sara for pitching in for the AM! Huge thanks go out to our Whiteman tower controllers – Mike, Daniel, and Billy. They love teaching these kids, and got 100 people through between scouts and parents, for detailed tours in addition to directing traffic. Thanks also to those who provided planes and educational sessions in the static area: Jeanne Fenimore (182), Stacie Vournas (182), Jacki Harris (172), Lisa Fusano (172), John Clausen (taildragger), Kurt Young (Navion), Ron (Cirrus). The EAA folks graciously opened their hangar and gave tours and talked about the various projects that were going on currently. Thanks to Bertie & Anne Marie for doing two of the educational session topics. And last, but certainly not least, our Stair Master winners for running tower tours back and forth….and up/down three flights of stairs, are Nora Feddal and Jo Scott! Everyone helped to pitch in and make the day flow. While there were a few hiccups, the comments were that everyone had a wonderful time, and all are eager to return for a Young Eagle flight day and experience flight! Girl Power!