Kentucky Bluegrass 99s partner with Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana for aviation badge day
Kentucky Bluegrass 99s held a fabulous day of aviation exploration on a cold March day in Louisville. Girl Scouts from all over the state of Kentucky traveled to Bowman Field to experience women in aviation sharing their inspiring stories and learning what it takes to get into those fields.
Scouts rotated through eight stations answering worksheet questions that earned them the Cadette Aviation badge. The history station explored the early pioneers and how they made their mark on aviation. The local chapter of WIA discussed what it takes to be a licensed pilot. Civil Air Patrol cadets have an overview of their training and function.
Three airplanes were provided by 99 members so the scouts could climb aboard and see the instruments and controls up close. Airline pilots from UPS showed the scouts what they carried on their flight bags and what their jobs entailed. AWAM mechanics brought some tools of their trade and let the scouts try their hand at some simple tasks. Scouts got to try landing toy airplanes with the help of air traffic controllers while listening via radio to the control tower in the next building. Lastly the careers station talked about the many other careers available to young women in the aviation industry.
Forty seven presenters and volunteers hosted the 216 scouts and 75 leaders and parents.