SWEETWATER — Adventurer Steve Fossett said repeatedly during his life that he “caught the adventure bug” as a Boy Scout.
Fossett, a successful American businessman, adventurer and Eagle Scout, set 115 world records in aviation and sailing. Boy Scouts and other campers around the West are pouring into the Steve Fossett Spirit of Adventure Ranch to catch the same adventure bug that drove Fossett throughout his life.
“As a Scout, I learned how to set goals and achieve them,” Fossett said repeatedly during his life. “Being a Scout also taught me leadership at a young age where there were few opportunities to be a leader.”
The camp is located near the confluence of the Colorado River and Sweetwater Creek. Scouts ages 11 and older can have adventures ranging from mountain biking, orienteering and backpacking to Class IV whitewater, climbing 14ers and hut-to-hut trips.
Fossett’s world records include the first solo, nonstop, around-the-world aircraft flight and the first solo, nonstop, around-the-world balloon flight, as well as records for gliding and sailing. He completed the Boston Marathon, the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and the Leadville Trail 100. He swam the English Channel and scaled the highest peaks on six of the seven continents.
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When Fossett was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame, he said, “Set your goals high, put your team together, figure out how you’re going to do it and get it done.”
That’s now etched onto a plaque in the Spirit of Adventure Ranch dining hall, to regularly remind Boy Scouts that the secret to success is no secret. Fossett was chasing…
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