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Scouts land at FDK and AOPAScouts land at FDK and AOPA

Scouts land at FDK and AOPA

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Some 400 scouts camped out
behind AOPA headquarters,
braving the weekend rain.
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Local aviation businessman
Stephen Van Kirk briefs some soggy
scouts in AOPA headquarters.

More than 525 Boy Scouts and Scout leaders "landed" at AOPA's headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) this weekend to set up camp on AOPA's "back 40" and explore aviation. Some 16 troops and 10 Cub Scout packs participated, despite miserable weather conditions.

The Camporee, organized by the boys themselves, allowed them to experience different aviation activities, including tours of local aviation businesses and the Maryland State Police helicopter operations center.

AOPA staffers pitched in by showing the boys the association's two aircraft - an A36 Bonanza and a Piper Archer - and providing instruction on AOPA Air Safety Foundation's collection of PC-ATDs (personal computer-based aviation training devices).

April 4, 2005

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