By Maloree Anderson
May 08, 2019

How a Merit Badge Adventure Inspired This Scout

Tyler Phillips was just like any Scout when he traveled to Heber Valley’s Airport, excited for the adventure that lay ahead. What he didn’t know was how his life would take a new direction, filled with new opportunities.

Tyler attended one of our Council’s Merit Badge Adventures, specifically the Aviation Merit Badge Adventure. Merit Badge Adventures are year-round opportunities for Scouts/troops to spend a couple of days focusing on merit badge work.

This particular adventure concentrated on aviation related merit badges such as welding, radio, weather, emergency services, and of course aviation. To top it all off, the adventure was held in an actual airport hangar where Scouts were right in the middle of the action, sitting right next to the aircrafts they were learning about. Scouts were even able to spend the night camped out right on the runway!

As Tyler participated in the activities he realized he wanted to become a pilot. Maybe it was the way the instructor explained the fascinating world of aerodynamics or maybe it was that Tyler actually got to fly in, and even control, a small single prop airplane. Either way, Tyler knew this was his calling in life.

After the Aviation Merit Badge Adventure, Tyler took to studying what it takes to be a pilot; Researching sources on schooling, training, and all the various planes out there. Finally, he narrowed it down to becoming a commercial pilot.

Now Tyler spends his free time analyzing planes, conversing with pilots, and getting in as much air time as possible. Because of a simple weekend adventure, he now has a life goal to strive for.

Be inspired just like Tyler Phillips and check out Merit Badge Adventures HERE.

Author: Maloree Anderson | is a photographer, graphic designer, mom of one, friend of Scouting and Marketing Manager with the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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