Video Thursday 1.13.11

It’s Video Thursday! Our first video is what you can see every weekend on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point…lots and lots of scouts…watch scouts from Pack 175 having a blast. On Monday, 17 January, the Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club will be performing at Patriots Point from 1 to 2 pm. Here is a [...]

A Hero's Hero! Part I

Everyone has a hero, someone you admire and wish to become. Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle wrote, “Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is and what kind of man you long to be.” As a young boy, [...]

Return of the scout Topgunners!

Every weekend during our aviation merit badge class, we have a portion dedicated to a little competitive spirit among the scouts in seeing if any have what it takes to win the “Top Gun” patch I wear on my flight suit (they must get a kill in air combat and survive). Over the past three [...]

Rings of Saturn from flightdeck of Yorktown

This past Saturday night over 20 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and parents ventured up to the flight deck for an one hour astronomy class. We covered the following areas: Explain what light pollution is and how it and air pollution affect astronomy. Name the five most visible planets.  Explain which ones can appear in phases [...]

Troop 9 Worcester, MA, Flight Training at Patriots Point

Just as the Navy selected Pensacola, Florida, for the site of naval air training due to good weather conditions, Troop 9 out of Worcester, Massachusetts elected to come south to the USS Yorktown for flight training on a beautiful spring day in April. Led by Scoutmaster John Atlas (a scoutmaster for 23 years!) Troop 9 [...]

18 April Scout Topgun!

Boy Scout Troop 245 from Cumming, Georgia, attended the aviation merit badge class onboard Yorktown this weekend at Patriots Point. The troop did a pretty good job in the combat portion, and a few scouts got 2 kills on their flights (not a good idea when there are only 2 planes in the fight, definitely [...]

Scout aviators from Indiana

Troop 646 from Guilford, Indiana, spent two days and nights of  adventure on USS Yorktown, Monday and Tuesday this week. They had a great time in the aviation class and here we see them in front of the F-4J Phantom. They reviewed their lessons on the four forces of aerodynamics and the three flight axis [...]

Future Top Gun pilots!

Every weekend onboard the USS Yorktown, scout troops camping aboard have the option of working on their aviation merit badge.  At each class, the scouts also have the opportunity of earning a Top Gun patch. Utilizing Combat Flight Simulator 2, Pacific Theater, scouts fly the F-6F Hellcat in an overhead intercept against a Japanese bomber. [...]