Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council is hosting its annual Camp Geronimo with one new addition --- a science, technology, engineering and mathematics technology-based Drone Flight School this summer.
Beginning May 30, GCC will host weekly summer camp sessions at Camp Geronimo outside of Payson through July 24, 2021.
The pilot Drone Flight School camp will be available for two sessions --- June 6-12 and June 13-19 --- and will feature an introduction to drone piloting, according to a press release.
Youth not registered in the Scouting program can still experience Camp Geronimo programs by registering through azoutdoored.org.
Kids 13 years and older will learn about the physics of aviation while building and flying his or her own custom Modit Drone System.
“We are excited to launch the first Scout Drone Flight School camp option in the United States located right here in Arizona,” said GCC BSA Camp Director Alan Chambers in a prepared statement. “We believe that this will be one of our most popular offerings and we look forward to welcoming Scouts from all states.”
This journey not only teaches them how to fly, but how all the parts of a 4-propeller, quad-copter work together to perform maneuvers at speeds up to 15 mph and reach a flight range of more than 1,000 feet.
“It’s no secret that kids are overwhelmingly drawn to emerging technology. Drone Flight School provides a unique opportunity for the Scouts to unplug in Arizona’s tall pines while staying connected with emerging STEM-related technology,” Mr. Chambers said.
Camp Geronimo, north of Payson in the Mogollon Rim on nearly 200 acres of forest and meadows, is surrounded by over 5,000 acres of ponderosa pine forest.
There are six programs at Camp Geronimo in addition to the new Drone Flight School dependent on skill and age level in which participants can partake in different activities to gain new life experiences.
“We offer a wide variety of camp experiences for boys and girls at any age level with experience ranging from beginners to experts,” Mr. Chambers said. “Camp Geronimo is an amazing Scouting experience that shouldn’t be missed.”