Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Littles who are going places

Special to the Sun
Big Brother Jim soared into action to help his "Little" Danny attend a Young Eagles summer camp.
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Little Brother “Danny” gets a full scholarship to fly across the country to attend Young Eagle’s flying camp thanks to the local Experimental Aircraft Association Truckee and Big Brother “Jim.”

Big Brother Jim is a long-time member of the EAA Truckee chapter.

EAA provided full scholarships for three students to fly to Wisconsin for a week-long camp to learn about air crafts and flying. Jim jumped on the opportunity to help Danny: filling out all the paperwork, booking his commercial flight across country and arranging all the details.

The EAA Young Eagles Camp is designed as an introduction to the wonderful world of aviation.

This program will use small, group activities and close counselor relationships to present the basics of flight in a “science camp” format — a unique combination of fun and discovery. Some activities include airplane wing construction, aeromodeling, ground school and airplanes (history and flight). They will tour the EAA Air Venture Museum, visit the Pioneer Airport, watch flight demonstrations and experience the thrill of flight in both an airplane and helicopter.

Danny is very excited to go. This will be his first time going to a commercial airport, let alone flying cross county on his own. He will be celebrate his 13th birthday the day he flies home, where Big Brother Jim and family will pick him up.

Young Eagles program was started by EAA in 1992 with the goal of introducing one million kids to aviation by giving them a free airplane ride, and to complete that goal by Wright brothers centennial of flight on Dec. 17, 2003. Young Eagles have now flown over 1.8 million youth, with the Truckee chapter flying more than 2,500 Young Eagles.

The other children attending are Paige and Matt Hourigan. They both got interested through the Young Eagles program. Paige wanted to get more involved and started working/volunteering at the glider port-Soar Truckee for the third summer. The folks there have been so good to her. She is on track to solo this summer.

A big thank you to Big Brother Jim and EAA and the Young Eagles program for providing this amazing opportunity.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe has 12 girls and boys waiting for a “Big,” with four girls and one boy on the wait list to get a Big at the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, BBBS site based mentoring program. Meet your Little one hour a week at the Club after school.

Call Peggy Martin at 530-587-7717 for more information or visit


For airplane enthusiasts and youth opportunities, check out the free Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival on Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children ages 8- to 17-years-old may sign up for a free flight with Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) local chapter 1073 on Sunday, July 13 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport’s EEA Building.

Sign up in advance at the AirShow & Family Festival at the EAA building on July 12. For more information visit

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