The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau and Gondola Adventures teamed up to support the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Last Frontier Council (LFC) with a gondola row along the Oklahoma River on Friday, September 12. The gondola expedition is designed to raise awareness as the Boy Scouts start “Show and Sell,” their annual popcorn sales campaign on Saturday, September 13 throughout the Oklahoma City area. Irving chose to support the LFC because the BSA and National Scouting Museum are based in Irving, and Gondola Adventures operates gondolas along the Mandalay Canal in Irving’s Las Colinas.
Irving gondoliers Greg Mohr (a former Eagle Scout) and Chris Harrison started the row at The Chesapeake Boathouse at Regatta Park at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, in a Venetian-designed, popcorn-filled gondola named “Rosa.” The gondola weighs approximately 1,500 pounds and is 32-feet long. They traveled a route along the river towards Meridian Crossing, and then returned to The Boathouse mid-afternoon. The total row took about four hours and covered approximately 14 miles at an average speed of 3.5 mph. www.gondola.com
From September 13 through October 17, Scouts across the Oklahoma City area will venture into the fun and excitement of popcorn sales. During this period, the average unit will sell $4,400 worth of popcorn. Last year, the LFC total sales were $987,000, and this year’s goal is $1,100,000.
The LFC serves approximately 841 Scout Units throughout Oklahoma City and the 24-county service areas. With more than 32,000 registered youth members and participants, this accounts for almost one-fourth of the total youth available. The many programs keep the Scouts active by providing educational programs to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. www.lastfrontiercouncil.org
Located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving, Texas serves as the national headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America and the adjacent National Scouting Museum. The museum is a tribute to the rich history of Scouting, with hands-on learning experiences and a historical collection that traces the Scouting movement from its beginnings. Irving offers discounts for Scouts and their families at local hotels and attractions. For more information, visit www.irvingtexas.com.