Presidents Leadership Council 2016


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Earn your honorary Space Exploration merit badge signed by the Chief!

Join the over 100,000 Boy Scouts who have earned the Space Exploration merit badge.

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Journey on an Exclusive Tour of the Kennedy Space Center

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Enjoy a Private Lunch with Captain (Ret.) Jon McBride, Former NASA Astronaut

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Celebrate at the PLC Recognition Dinner Featuring:

  • The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor of Florida
  • Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America
  • Colonel (Ret.) Gregory H. Johnson, Former NASA Astronaut and Eagle Scout

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Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor of Florida

We are honored to have The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor of Florida as the Presidents Leadership Council Dinner keynote speaker. Governor Scott is the 45th Governor of the great state of Florida. He was born in Bloomington, Illinois, but was raised in Kansas City, Missouri. As a youth growing up in Kansas City, the future 45th Governor of Florida earned his Eagle Scout designation. On November 19, 2015, Rick Scott was honored as an Eagle Scout once again, this time with the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

For more on Governor Scott
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Mike Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive, BSA

Michael Surbaugh is the 13th Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in Irving, Texas. After graduating from Salem College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in youth agency administration, Mike chose Scouting for his career. Mike’s real aspiration was to run a BSA high-adventure base. But rather than hold out for such a role, he served as the Scout executive in both Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Appleton, Wisconsin. In 2007, he became the Scout executive in Pittsburgh. From Pittsburgh, Mike was promoted to BSA group director at the National Service Center in 2014, a position he held until being named Chief Scout Executive in 2015. Mike is an Eagle Scout and an Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor member, and has completed Wood Badge. He is proud to have served as camp director and a member of summer camp staffs for 12 years. When he is not working to advance the BSA’s mission, Mike spends his free time with his wife Lisa, visiting and hiking in the U.S. national parks and riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
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Astronaut Greg Johnson (Colonel, USAF, Ret.)

Gregory Harold "Box" Johnson is a NASA astronaut and a retired colonel in the United States Air Force. Johnson is a veteran of two space flights, STS-123 and STS-134. He served as pilot on his first mission, which delivered the Kibo logistics module and the Dextre robot arm to the International Space Station. Johnson was also assigned as the pilot to the STS-134 mission, which launched on May 16, 2011 and landed on June 1, 2011. Greg Johnson has also served in numerous roles for NASA including as a Capcom for several missions. At present time Greg is the President and Executive Director for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

Johnson recently inspired a group of STEM Scouts in Austin, Texas. Read more

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Astronaut Jon McBride (Captain, USN, Ret.)

Enjoy a private lunch with Astronaut Jon McBride. Jon's goal was to go to space even as a young boy. He followed in the path of his heroes, like Neil Armstrong, and became a Naval Aviator. McBride received flight training in Pensacola, Florida where he got his wings in 1966. He attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School earning an Aeronautical Engineering degree in 1971. In 1978, he was selected by NASA in the first class of space shuttle astronauts. Overall, he has logged more than 8,800 hours of flight time.
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Vehicle Assembly Building

The Vehicle (originally Vertical) Assembly Building, or VAB, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is a building designed to assemble large space vehicles, such as the massive Saturn V and the Space Shuttle. The future Space Launch System (SLS) will also be assembled here. At 3,664,883 cubic meters (129,428,000 cubic feet) it is one of the largest buildings in the world by volume, and is the largest single-storybuilding in the world. The VAB is where the Orion Spacecraft is being developed. It is built to take humans farther than they've ever gone before, serving as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. Orion will launch on NASA's new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.
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Launch Control

The hub of NASA spaceflight operations at the Cape, the LCC contains telemetry, tracking and instrumentation equipment; the automated Launch Processing System; and four firing rooms to control the launch sequence of space missions.
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Launch Crawler

Weighing over 2750 tons, thecrawler-transporters, formally known as the Missile Crawler Transporter Facilities, are a pair of tracked vehicles used to transport spacecraft from NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) along the Crawlerway to Launch Complex 39. They were originally used to transport the Saturn IB and Saturn V rockets during the Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs. They were then used to transport Space Shuttles from 1981 to 2011.
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Apollo and Space Shuttle Launch Pads

Launch Complex 39 (LC-39) is a rocket launch site originally built for the Apollo program, and later modified for the Space Shuttle program. As of 2016, its launch pads are being modified to support launches of the SpaceX Falcon 9, Dragon 2 and Falcon Heavy, and NASA's Space Launch System, with a new pad, C, added to support smaller launches.
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Discover Orion and Atlantis



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Heroes and Legends Museum and Astronaut Hall of Fame

Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will not only bring to life the enthralling stories of America's pioneering astronauts, but also invite you to vicariously experience the thrills and dangers of America's earliest missions through engaging storytelling and high-tech special effects. Embark on an awe-inspiring journey designed to spark thought about how humans define a hero. Visitors will be introduced to heroes of the American space program through a 360-degree visual presentation, a 4-D multisensory theater experience, and interactive exhibits including holograms and astronaut memorabilia.

The new U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will allow visitors to interact virtually with nearly 100 astronaut heroes inducted to date. Heroes and Legends will open November 11, 2016.
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Hotel & Registration

Hotel: Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
Ideally situated on a pristine white beach along Florida's Space Coast, Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront will serve as our host hotel. The Hilton is a direct beachfront location, closest beach from Orlando airport, newly renovated guest rooms and is only six miles from Port Canaveral.

Room reservations can be made by calling the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront directly at 1-866-580-7402. Refer to group code BSOADF to receive the room rate of $179 per night for a coastal view.

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