The Irving, Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau and Gondola Adventures teamed up to support the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Capitol Area Council (CAC) with a gondola row on Austin’s Lady Bird Lake on Friday, February 6. The expedition was designed to raise awareness of the Boy Scouts 60th annual Report to State Parade on the following day, Saturday, February 7. Irving chose to support the CAC 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 area.
More than 3,000 Scouts from the 19 Boy Scout Councils across Texas will march in a parade up Congress Avenue through downtown Austin to the Capitol. They then will take to the floor of the Texas House of Representatives to report on the community service performed and achievements earned by Scouts in their hometowns. The Report to the State will be received by Deputy Secretary of State Coby Shorter.
Irving gondoliers Greg Mohr (an Eagle Scout) and Chris Harrison started the row at the public dock behind the Four Seasons Hotel at the base of the Congress Avenue Bridge at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, in a Venetian-designed gondola named “Rosa.” The gondola weighs approximately 1,500 pounds and is 32-feet long. They traveled a route northeast along Lady Bird Lake, and then returned to The Four Seasons dock mid-afternoon. The total row will took about four hours and covered approximately 14 miles at an average speed of 3.5 mph.
The CAC serves more than 22,000 registered youth members and 8,000 registered adult volunteer leaders throughout 15 Central Texas counties. In 2008, 342 boys earned the rank of Eagle Scout (the highest rank), which was a record number in one year for the CAC. All Scouts in the CAC perform, on average, more than 90,000 man hours of community service yearly in their hometown. 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.
Located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving 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. Please visit www.irvingtexas.com for more information.
The following was a press release issued by Irving, Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau.