Nat'l Scouting Museum
Ben Alford (PA7280@UTKVM1.UTK.EDU)
Thu, 20 Jun 1996 10:59:24 LCL
My troop visited the National Scouting Museum last weekend as our June
outing. It is 300 miles away and took us 6-7 hours to drive.
The boys liked the outdoor ropes/Cope course the best (It is called GATEWAY).
This portion REQUIRES advanced reservations and it fills up quickly. We
made our reservations in April. It has 2 parts: low course which involves
team work and problem solving. High course which has 4 elements which are
progressively harder personal challenges. Each piece is limited to 15
max per time slot, so if you have more in your group you will need to
get two or more reservations.
Indoors, the boys enjoyed the Maze, which, I'm told, is a room with one
correct way out. I didn't try it. My boys also enjoyed the story telling,
although the older ones thought they were too cool to go. They went anyway
and enjoyed it. The story teller involved everyone, including the adults on
the back row. They had story telling at 11, 1, and 3 PM on the Saturday we
were there and it lasted about 25-30 minutes.
Boys also reported that they enjoyed Murray the Robot, which interacts with
you. He is the greeter at the front door and wears the worlds largest hiking
boots. Big Foot probably has a smaller shoe size.
Adults enjoyed the "old museum" stuff more than the boys did. This includes
the 2nd largest collection of Norman Rockwell paintings, large patch and
uniform collections and exhibits about Scouting/Jamborees in the past.
I really enjoyed their introductory slide presentation. The slides are
great, but I had a hard time understanding parts of the audio. The slide
show brought back lots of good memories about Scouting and choked me up.
To make a long story short(er), I've left out much about the museum. More if
My troop camped in the Land Between the Lakes at TVA's Energy Lake campground.
It is starting to look run down - you can tell that TVA's recreation budget
has been chopped. We might look into a state park such as Ky's Kenlake next
time. Kenlake is about 20 minutes closer to Murray than Energy Lake is. We
also got lost several times on the way to Energy Lake - the TVA maps and signs
leave something to be desired. I'd be happy to fill in with more details.
Give the BSA Nat'l museum a call right away if you want to go for NOAC. They
can be reached @ (800) 303-3047 or (502) 762-3383.
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