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UK Scouts Volunteer at Aviation Explorer Base
The 1st Carlton Colville Air Scouts became the first scouts from the United Kingdom to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as part of the Aviation Explorer Base.
July 20, 2015 - A group of scouts from the United Kingdom have become the first 1st Carlton Colville Air Scouts to travel to Oshkosh to volunteer as part of the Aviation Explorer Base.
Stephen Bell, of Post 34, said the idea for the trip came up three years ago. Four leaders agreed to take part and pay their own way, with each of the eight scouts needing to raise $2,700 for the flight and expenses. The expedition was open to 1st Carlton Colville Air Scouts ages 14 to 20.
Once the tickets were booked in October, the Explorers started fundraising, spending considerable time in supermarkets helping people pack their bags in exchange for donations. They also received $11,000 in donations from various charities and companies, including $4,500 from the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The group departed the U.K. on July 17, and arrived in Oshkosh on Saturday, setting up camp in borrowed tents, thanks to Explorer Base co-chairman Ken Sack. Bell said the scouts were most surprised about the large grounds and the vast number of planes.
On Sunday, they began their week-long duties, including manning the ropes at aircraft/vehicle crossing points, helping pilots park aircraft, helping tie aircraft down, directing members of the public, and more. Others in the team also helped prepare the food for the 200-plus people who are part of the Aviation Explorer Base.