OSCODA – The Scout Aviation Maintenance Experience operated by Venturing Crew 7 and OYES at Oscoda is proud to announce that four Scouts have been selected to participate in the 2022 program.
Each summer, for seven weeks, up to six Scouts are chosen to participate in a world-class program conducted right here at Oscoda. Successful applicants must be Scouts who have completed Grade 8 and have expressed a desire to learn more about aviation.
This year, the program admitted four applicants. The 2022 Air Scouts are Colin Kaul of Troop 312 in Saginaw; Nathan Stormer, Crew President of Crew 7 and member of Troop 959 at Oscoda; Larson Yates of Crew 7 and Troop 959 in Oscoda and Kathryn Armstrong of Tawas City of Troop 7G and Crew 7 in Oscoda.
Scouts accepted into the SAME program attend with a full scholarship at no cost to them. SAME is estimated at around $6,000 per scout. During SAME, scouts record their experience in an Aviation Maintenance Technician Log which is acceptable to the Federal Aviation Administration to meet the experience requirements for certification as an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic.
Upon completion of SAME, they are eligible to compete for a full year scholarship that pays for all expenses for them to gain one year of flying experience at the Oscoda-Wurtsmith community airport. This should be enough to get both a private pilot certificate and an instrument rating. Up to two flight scholarships can be awarded each year and they are valued at $22,000 each.
SAME takes place each summer at the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Community Airport for seven weeks. Interested Scouts must have completed Grade 8 or be 14 by June 15 of the year they wish to participate. Applications must be submitted by March 15 of the year they wish to participate and must include:
A complete school transcript. Three letters of recommendation, proof of membership in the Boy Scouts of America, a “Young Eagle” flight certificate from the Experimental Aircraft Association, and a statement of at least 200 words explaining why the candidate wishes to participate. Interested youth on the Sunrise Side can get involved in Scouting by joining a local Scout unit.
At Oscoda, units available include: 7G Troop for girls who have completed Grade 5 but are not yet 18; Troop 959B for boys who have completed Grade 5 but are not yet 18; and Crew 7 for young men and women who have completed 8th grade but are not yet 21 years old.
Troop 7G and Crew 7 are chartered to American Legion Post 274 and assemble at Hope-St. John’s Church at 223 East Mill St. in AuSable on Lake Huron Beach.
For Troop 7G and Crew 7, contact Pete Mapes at 937-212-8435. Troop 959B is chartered to Oscoda Methodist Church and meets at the church at 120 West Dwight Street in Oscoda, MI on Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. For more information on Troop 959B, contact Mr. Alan Avery at 989-820-5035.