Patriots Point campers find sole, set world record

Campers scrambled and scampered across the flight deck for nearly six minutes as they worked to stretch a line of shoes from one end of the aircraft carrier to the other. (WCIV)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Not only did a group of children aboard the USS Yorktown beat a Guinness World Record -- they did it by almost four minutes.

As a part of an exercise designed to fine-tune teambuilding and leadership skills, participants in the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum's July summer education camp lined shoes, heel-to-toe, across the flight deck of the historic aircraft carrier.

It had been done once before on the Yorktown with a final time of about nine minutes. Friday's attempt was completed just under six minutes, 5:50, to be exact.

In August, campers will get another attempt at the same feat... another chance at a world record.

"It's a lot of fun," said summer camp participant Madeline Futeral just before the attempt at the world record.

Campers weren't concerned about the heat. They knew they had more kids involved than the first time the task was completed. The difficult part, they knew, would be teamwork and communication.

"We have more kinds than we did last time. So, this is going to be a challenge," Futeral said.

But, the campers had a plan for that.

"Each kid gets a place to stand, and the shoes are passed along. Then, we set them down," said camp participant Jack Abercrombie.

The shoes for the event were donated by Goodwill.