Dexter Lovrien (drlovrie@WOLF.CO.NET)
Sat, 16 Dec 1995 02:26:55 -0600
We've found a day or so at Gettysberg, PA to be a worthwhile stop. Hike up
the face of little Round Top and imagine what it was like in the battle,
wearing wool clothes, carrying a heavy rifle and with equally hot and tired
men shooting down at you. The First Minnesota Volinteers were sacrificed to
plug a hole in the line so its interesting to see were that occured.
York/Adams Area Council has a beautiful set of patches to be earned by
hiking through parts of the battlefield. About 15 of our 80 Scouts and
leaders earned the main segment and the one for the shorter hike. Just too
hot that day to go for the long hike patch.
Then down to Washtington for 2-3 days and on to Norfolk/Virginia Beach for a
day before going to Jamboree. For those of us in the Midwest, actually
seeing an ocean for the first time is still a thrill. My wife and I visited
Mount Vernon last fall and were impressed but might be too much history for
the Scouts on top of DC and Gettysberg. Though some spend the last day in
DC running from one monument to another to get photos of themselves to prove
they hadn't spend first two days at Hard Rock Cafe etc. (some had)
How do the rest of you handle Washington? In the past we have let older
Scouts roam by themselves (groups of four or more) and younger Scouts
sightsee with Leaders. Have been lucky so far but have been thinking our
luck may run out one of these times. Lost one Scout in 93. He had been in
MY group and was one of the smallest Scouts in troop. We got seperated in
Holocost Museum (what a growd!) Fortunatly, a group of our older Scouts
found him heading for the place we were to meet the bus and latched onto
him. Was I ever glad when they showed up with him. (My hair several shades
grayer!) We've met Troops out there who see DC in one group. That seems a
little to tight a leash. Must be a happy medium.
How is Williamsburg? I don't know if the Scouts would get as much out of
the living history stuff as the adults but I'm sure they wuold have a great
time at Busch Gardens. Might be beyond our budget, however.
On the way home from Jambo93, we stopped in Murry, KY at the National Scout
Museum. Very interesting! Had a fine pizza feed at local pizza place the
museum recommended. Two bus loads of Scouts can put a big dent in a pizza
buffet!!! They travel happier and quieter with full tummies. Highly
recommend Murry to those of you traveling that area.
Enjoying the chat.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City