SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, known as the Leap Frogs, parachuted onto the USS Midway Museum in San Diego Sept. 26 to help the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrate 100 years of scouting.
Nearly 800 scouts, scoutmasters and friends assembled on the flight deck of the longest-serving aircraft carrier in Navy history to see the performance of the Leap Frogs during the opening ceremony of the scouts’ Midway Overnight Adventure.
There was an air of excitement as the scouts prepared for the night’s activities, but as the Leap Frogs’ aircraft flew toward the ship, all noise and movement stopped momentarily. As soon as the Leap Frogs exited the aircraft, there was a loud roar and a big “hoo-yah” from the scouts.
The parachutists swirled colored smoke above San Diego as they made their way to the 25 by 100-foot bow section of the ship for a precision landing.
A sea of khaki shirts covered in multi-colored patches waited eagerly to shake hands with the Leap Frogs after they landed.
“That was really cool,” said Zachary Dickman, a scout in BSA Troop 446 from Scottsdale, Ariz.
Like many of the scouts, it was the first time Dickman had seen the Leap Frogs perform and he said it was the best part of his day.
The event brought 30 scout troops together from San Diego Imperial County, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Scottsdale.
The event, which took two years to organize, was a collaborative effort between the BSA and the USS Midway Museum, said Randy Seefeldt, a scoutmaster and the Midway Overnight Adventure chairperson.
“I knew it would be a great experience for the boys,” said Seefeldt. “They love seeing high-adventure stuff. It was wonderful!”
Several members of the Leap Frogs also began their lives of adventure with the Boy Scouts and were proud to help inspire service among the young scouts.
“It meant a lot to be in San Diego, jumping onto the USS Midway with the Boy Scouts of America,” said James Woods, safety officer for the Leap Frogs. “There are still values in America. In a world where things are being taken away from us constantly, we still have the Boy Scouts of America. We still have a place where we can come and show them that they matter and that they mean something.”
The Leap Frogs are based in San Diego and perform freefall parachuting demonstrations throughout the United States to showcase Navy excellence.
The team is made up of elite warriors from Naval Special Warfare (NSW), including U.S. Navy SEALs (sea, air and land commandos), special warfare combatant-craft crewmen and NSW parachute riggers.
For more information about the Navy Parachute Team, visit www.leapfrogs.navy.mil or for information about Naval Special Warfare programs, visit www.sealswcc.com.
For more news from Naval Special Warfare, visit www.navy.mil/local/nsw/.
Story Number: NNS090929-01
Release Date: 9/29/2009 12:30:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michelle Kapica, Naval Special Warfare Public Affairs
090926-N-5366K-037 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 26, 2009) Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) William Davis, assigned to the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, shows boy scouts how to pack a parachute. The Leap Frog team parachuted onto the bow of the ship during the opening ceremony of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary celebration overnight camp-out on the USS Midway Museum. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michelle Kapica/Released)