Re: Trip to Washington, DC
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Fri, 15 Mar 1996 12:22:25 -0600
On Wed, 13 Mar 1996, Bill Choate wrote:
> I would like to take a group of scouts to Washington, DC during spring
> break, the week after Easter. I need help finding a place to stay and
> a reasonable way to feed them, possibly on a military installation.
Our troop has done three trips to Washington DC and will travel there
again in 1997. We plan the trips to coincide with the National Jamborees.
We have had extremely good luck with military bases. I am listing local
military bases in the Washington DC area. The telephone numbers are the
main base operator, ask for the public relations office. They can help
you or refer you to the proper person.
Fort Detrick (50 miles from Washington in Frederick, Maryland)
Fort Ritchie (20 miles northwest of Fort Detrick)
Fort Meade (halfway between Washington and Baltimore, Marland)
Fort Belvoir (near Alexandria, Virginia 12 miles from Washington)
Fort Myer (Arlington, Virginia next to national cemetary)
Fort McNair (at 4th & P Streets in Washington DC)
Annapolis Naval Station (Annapolis, Maryland about 60 miles from Wash DC)
Washington Naval District (9th & M streets in Washington DC)
Bolling Air Force Base (southeast area of city in Washington DC)
Andrews Air Force Base (10 miles southeast of Washington DC)
Each base has its pros & cons. We have been very happy with Annapolis
since we base there and tour Washington DC, Annapolis, and Assateague
Island. It's not a bad commute to any of those sights and the boys
enjoy the US Naval Academy.
OTOH, there are certainly several bases right in Washington DC. I have
had difficulty in getting into some. The president flies in and out of
Andrews, you might see Air Force 1. When you plan your trip will
have an impact, bases such as Fort Belvoir have a heavy reserve load in
summer, spring should be a good time. Most bases will get you into a
campsite, gymnasium, or scout hut, and usually provide you will VERY
inexpensive meals. In Washington we have enjoyed good meals at the
Supreme Court building cafeteria and the Zebra Room near the Washington
cathedral used to have 2 pizzas for the price of 1 on either
Tuesdays or Thursdays (I can't remember).
I hope this helps you. Good luck on your trip.
YIS, Cliff Golden firstname.lastname@example.org First Lutheran Church; DeKalb, IL
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