2017. FERNANDO GUTIERREZ. I have always been a complete and unrepentant space geek. One of my earliest memories is the live TV broadcast as Apollo astronauts returned to Earth, watching as those giant parachutes opened and their capsule drifted down to splashdown in the ocean. I can sit and watch the NASA channel for hours and am fascinated by all aspects of the space program; past, present, and future. I know that this is a fascination shared by most children and many adults, so I thought my camporee would be a great opportunity to get together and celebrate our shared love of space. To this end, I chose “Scouting the New Frontier: The Moon, Mars and Beyond” as my theme. At the Camporee we included planetarium shows to show case the wonders of space and space exploration, ‘Mars rover” races where teams worked through obstacles, and were fortunate to be able to share the weekend with our keynote speaker and ‘man in the spacesuit’, F. Robert Smith of NASA, who has worked on several iconic space programs, and who also happens to be a dedicated Scouter. I can honestly say that I was “over the moon” to see Scouts, Scouters and Parents having a great time celebrating a theme close to my heart. Ex Astris, Scientia!
2017 Memorial Day patch