Douglas C 47 Skytrain Old Number 30 Commemorative Air Force San Tan District of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) isn’t afraid to blaze new trails when it comes to teaching principles of freedom. The district recently added another activity to its Patriotic Camporee 2015, a Commemorative Candy Drop.The idea of holding a Commemorative Candy drop came from the Berlin Airlift of 1948 –49 at the end of WWII. When Col. Gail S. Halvorsen, inspired by the children of Germany, decided to drop candy tied to handkerchief parachutes in order to give the children hope and let them know that many other people cared about them and their circumstances.“The story of the Berlin Airlift is quite incredible when one considers that America, joined by other Allied nations, went from fighting Germany to preserve freedom and liberty and then when the war ended turned around and helped keep over 2 million German citizens alive” said Berkeley Geddes, San Tan District Executive Camporee Committee Chair. “The citizens of Berlin were kept alive by Allied nations airlifting tons of food every day, for over 18 months. This act of compassion, concern and service is characteristic of freedom loving people and nations!”
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The Commemorative Candy drop will be held in a large field adjacent to Rawhide Western Town, Chandler Arizona. “Rawhide Western Town is pleased to be hosting this outstanding event for the BSA San Tan District as part of their Patriotic Camporee 2015 celebration” says David F. White, Assistant General Manager, Operations, Wild Horse Pass Development Authority. “This should prove to be a wonderful experience for all who attend.”Around 3:30 p.m., on Saturday November 7, several aircraft are scheduled to fly over a vacant field just East of Rawhide Western Town in support of the Patriotic Camporee. Around 4 p.m. a vintage WWII Douglas C-47 Skytrain, the same aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force to start the Berlin Airlift, will make three passes over the field dropping over 2,000 parachute candy bars over the field.“This will be a spectacular event and it is our hope that many people will join the BSA San Tan District in this celebration of American freedom” said Jeff Trendler, San Tan District Chairman. “We want to send a powerful message to our Boy Scouts, families and all who attend this event that patriotism is alive in America today and manifests itself in the decisions we make every day, such as living the Scout Slogan: Do a good turn daily”.

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The public is invited to join this event by purchasing a $5 parking pass on-line prior to the event. Only a limited number of parking passes will be sold; once the on-line parking passes are sold-out, registration will be closed. Please do not attend this event without purchasing an on-line parking pass. Participants can also pre-purchase a commemorative Parachute Candy Kit on-line for $5. All Parachute Candy Kits will be distributed at the event. Registration for the event is only available on-line at the C-47 has dropped the parachute candy on the field, BSA San Tan District Registered Boy Scouts will be allowed to retrieve the parachute candy from the field. “We hope this is an experience that parents, children, Boy Scouts and all who attend will not soon forget!” said Mr. Geddes. “It is not every day that someone has the opportunity to watch a vintage C-47 WWII aircraft drop Parachute Candy over a field; we should all remember this event for many years to come”.


About San Tan District, Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is one of nation’s largest youth development organizations. Founded Feb. 8, 1910, the BSA has remained steadfast in teaching core values and character to youth despite changing times and a changing society. As part of the BSA Grand Canyon Council. The San Tan District has grown to more than 8,000 registered Boy Scouts, making it one of the largest districts in the world. Each year, the San Tan District sponsors many important community and Boy Scout events.

About Rawhide Western Town & Event Center
The Rawhide Western Town & Event Center, located on the Gila River Indian Community, is Arizona’s largest 1880’s western-themed family entertainment venue and steak house. Rawhide Western Town is located just south of Phoenix, 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at 5700 W. North Loop Rd., in Chandler, AZ. Admission and parking are FREE (excluding special events and holidays). Rawhide is available seven days a week for private groups like field trips, tour groups, corporate and team building events. For more information visit us on line at or call (480) 502-5600, or email Like us on Facebook.

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