Charlie Miller Sr, had a dream to take the boys of Troop 203 to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kan. As in most small Scout troops, funds had to be raised. Charlie started collecting scrap metal – aluminum cans – to sell. Over the last eight years he donated any funds he received to the troop, these fund were kept in an account for this event. After being brought to the committee for approval last fall the date was set, the reservations made and anticipation began.

Charlie Miller Sr, had a dream to take the boys of Troop 203 to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kan. As in most small Scout troops, funds had to be raised. Charlie started collecting scrap metal – aluminum cans – to sell. Over the last eight years he donated any funds he received to the troop, these fund were kept in an account for this event. After being brought to the committee for approval last fall the date was set, the reservations made and anticipation began.

On March 24, three leaders (one being Charlie) and 12 Scouts left Independence at 3 a.m. for this adventure. For those who are not sure what the Cosmosphere is, just ask any of the 12 boys who went and they have several memorable experiences to share.

Gabe Valdez, a fifth grader at Bryant Elementary, said the presentation and the hands on experience was great. His favorite part was building the robot, and getting the wheels to balance.

Cesar Gonzales, a sixth grader at Bingham, enjoyed learning about different spacecraft, and how they are used. His favorite part was building a rocket and launching it.

Andrew Bennett, a freshman at William Chrisman High School, said the engineering aspect was great. He had to design something camping related, so he set out the task to design a unique hiking boot. Overall, he said, the entire trip was great for all levels of the group, including the leaders.

Scoutmaster Chuck Miller was impressed with the knowledge of the presenters and teachers at the Cosmosphere and felt everything the boys learned during the two-day camp was intense. His favorite part was the planetarium. He said watching the boys do all the different activities and coming home with three merit badges was an experience they soon won’t forget.

Jody Bennett, assistant Scoutmaster, said all the presenters and teachers made the experience so everyone could understand. He was pleased the 12 boys were able to attend this experience.

The man who has waited for this experience Charlie Miller Sr, was more than pleased he said his favorite part of the trip was in the IMAX theatre. The film of the team repairing the Hubble space station was awesome and viewing earth from the space station is something he soon won’t forget.

Troop 203 is chartered by College Park Community of Christ Church. The troop has served the youth of College Park since 1950. More than 1,500 Scouts have learned the values of citizenship, character development, and personal fitness during the troop’s 61-year history.