2003-2004 USAP Field Season

Scouting in Antarctica



NSF Contact:

Guy G. Guthridge
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230
  Cooperative programs between the National Science Foundation and America's two major scouting organizations -- Girl Scouts of the USA and Boy Scouts of America -- sponsor a national competition every two years to select a scout for participation in the U.S. Antarctic Program.
  The goal is to acquaint the boy or girl scout with a variety of science disciplines and with career opportunities in polar research and operational support. The scout, through scouting publications and sites on their home pages, shares his or her Antarctic experience with the many other members of the two scouting groups. Inclusion of a scout in the USAP began when Paul Siple joined Richard E. Byrd's expedition 70 years ago. 
  For the 2003-2004 season, Boy Scout Brad Range of Marietta, Georgia, has been selected. Mr. Range has completed the freshman year at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is majoring in mechanical engineering. He graduated from Alan C. Pope High School in 2002, where he developed an interest in science, played several musical instruments, was a member of Academic Bowl and the National Honor Society, studied chaos theory, researched liquid crystal displays, built and tested logic circuits, and surveyed watershed environments while achieving 21 merit badges to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Also as a Scout, he served as chaplain aide and senior patrol leader, and he now volunteers as an assistant scoutmaster.
  Mr. Range will work at McMurdo, South Pole, and camps, and aboard Nathaniel B. Palmer from August 2003 to April 2004. He will join science and engineering events whose PIs or project leaders have volunteered to integrate him into their teams for a week or more each, beginning with measurements of polar stratospheric clouds, condensation nuclei, and ozone and ending with study of continental slope morphology.

Brad Range
4660 Three Springs Court
Marietta, Georgia 30062

  Next season, the opportunity will go to a Girl Scout.