2004-2005 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 United States 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 2004-2005 season Devon Vail of Fairbanks has been selected. Ms. Vail has completed the freshman year at University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where she is majoring in biology. The daughter of military parents, Devon graduated in 2003 from Robert D. Edgren High School, Misawa Air Base, Japan. During High School she worked in the ophthalmology clinic at the local hospital and was the only student in the school’s history to take the Science Research class by telecommunication. As a scout she studied rivers for pollution based on macro-invertebrate population for which she received a Gold Award. She was awarded the Gold Medal for Community Service from Prudential Youth Spirit and has received a variety of recognitions for her achievements in mathematics, calculus, science and volunteer work.
  Ms Vail will work at McMurdo and surrounding field camps from October 2004 through January 2005. She will join science events whose PIs or project leaders have volunteered to integrate her into their teams for several weeks.

Devon Vail
P.O. Box 750506
Fairbanks, AK 99775

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