Re: Intro and Question
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Sun, 7 Aug 1994 23:07:09 CST
Christine Hoag <CHOAG%ITHACAOA.BITNET@pucc.Princeton.EDU> writes:
> I have been reading and learning from SCOUTS-L for a couple of months, but
>have never had the occasion to introduce myself or ask for help/suggestions. I'
> a committee member and my SO is an ASM for Troop #12 in Ithaca, NY. I work
>Computer Operations at Ithaca College. My SO's son is 2 req MB's and a service
>project away from Eagle. Our SM is young and aggressive with an equally strong
>committee. We have had a few successful fund raisers this year and now it's
>time to reward the boys. We are planning a trip to Philadelphia in the fall,
>Oct. 7,8,9, and we are looking for accommodations at a nearby campsite/military
>base/motel. Does anyone have any info on places to stay in Philadelphia ?
>How about things to do, places to see ?
>Please e-mail to me CHOAG@OA.ITHACA.EDU
First off, you didn't know this, but when you post to the list, expect
that your answer will come through the list. It's one of those things
like when you're talking with someone, you don't expect them to whisper
back to you. It's part of that "nettiquette" thing. *broad smile*
That's why I'm answering your posting here instead of sending it
personally to you...besides, for every person posting a question here,
there's about four others that WANTED to post a similiar posting or
have a similiar question and are equally waiting for the answer.
First, start with the BSA. The Philadelphia Council has a really nice
camp called Treasure Island Scout Camp (it is where the Order of the
Arrow, the BSA's camping honorary, was founded at and the location of
the nation's first Lodge, called Unimi). There are two other Councils
which also have camping facilities. ALWAYS start with them, Chris,
because the accommodations are the cheapest (ranging from free to a
couple of bucks) and they don't mind the noise that comes with Scouts
Next, check with the GSUSA's Councils. They usually have lodges which
are not being used during the fall, and would love to take a little of
your money (again, we're talking less than $10 a group) as long as you
agree to clean up before you leave.
Next, check with the Army National Guard in Philadelphia. Seeing how
they get a lot of requests, the probability that they have a
pre-arranged location for Scouting and church groups is a high one.
You need to call the state Adjutant General's office and ask for the
Public Affairs or Community Affairs officer and talk with them. Don't
try to talk with the local Armory there unless you know
someone....it's best to find out if they can do it from the state
Unlike the Army Reserve, which has several large armories in
Philadephia. One phone call to the Armory and talking with the
Armory Commander usually results in space on the floor in a classroom
or a drillhall floor for a couple of days. I wrote about this earlier
when someone else asked about the "deal" with the military. Look back
in the logs from June or late May.
There are several military installations serving the Philly area.
Many of them are slated for federal closure due to something called
the Base Realignment and Closing Act and it's amendments, called also
BRAC I, II and III. They are NOT happy folk in that area of the
nation, and sometimes their unhappiness will rub off onto you in the
form of "we don't have time to babysit Boy Scouts when our jobs are on
the line here..." Don't take it personally, but there are MANY
facilities there that are NOT warm places to rest during your stay.
But, in the spirit of providing the information you requested, here's
the listing from the ARMY TIMES including the post/installation's
operator and base community affairs/community services offices:
(the closest Army installation is Carlise Barracks, located about
three hours west of Philly)
Philadephia Naval Base End of South Broad Street
Post Operator: (215) 897-5000
Family Support Center: (215) 897-5126
Navy Lodge: (215) 465-9001
Willow Grove Naval Air Station Rt.611, 20 miles N. of Philadephia
Post Operator: (215) 443-6454
Family Support Center: (215) 443-6033
Temp Lodging facility : (215) 443-6038
(The closest AF facility is at Dover AFB, Delaware, a one and a half
hour drive from Philly)
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
There are several DOD facilities located in Philadelphia but they are
all supported through the Naval Base. There's a DEFENSE SUPPORT
CENTER located on the southeast side of the city...that's where we get
our flags, streamers, medals and patches made and distributed from
as well as other administrative facilities. The ARMY TIMES doesn't
list local numbers for those facilities.
Hope that this was all of help to you, Chris, and WELCOME to Scouts-l!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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