Wing to host large-scale Boy Scout recruiting event this weekend

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond
  • 111th Attack Wing Public Affairs
The 111th Attack Wing is scheduled to host a Scout recruiting event and day of model-rocketry fun for the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Oct. 24, 2015, here.

With the theme of encouraging new members to "Rocket Into Scouting," those joining from Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware Counties are eligible to receive a free model rocket to launch during the event, as well as participate in a multitude of experiences and tours organized by the Wing.

"So far this fall, close to 1,500 new youth and families have joined the adventure of Scouting and now have the opportunity to participate in fun programs that build character, teach citizenship, encourage fitness, and foster leadership skills," said Dan Templar, CEO and Scout executive. "We are very thankful to the Pennsylvania Air National Guard for opening up the Horsham Air Guard Station to support local Scouting programs and help us accomplish our mission of serving more youth."

Arranged to last approximately four hours, Scouts and their families will not only have the opportunity to build and blastoff rockets, the occasion presents the chance to learn about aviation. Some Scouts will be eligible to earn their Aviation Merit Badge.

Furthermore, participants will meet members of the Air National Guard, take a tour of the base and view static aircraft and equipment displays. Also, for those in attendance, the Philadelphia Highway Patrol Drill Team is slated to put on a motorcycle demonstration.

And the 111th ATKW is more than happy to accommodate the more than 600 registered attendees.

"It is our pleasure here at the 111th to host this event," said Col. Howard Eissler, 111th Attack Wing commander. "As National Guard members, we believe it is our commitment to serve the local community, and this is great opportunity for us.

"BSA is an outstanding organization, producing fine young men; many whom we'd love to see serve with us in the future," Eissler added. "Hopefully this will be a successful recruiting venture for not only the Boy Scouts, but an opportunity for us to show off all we do here at the base."