Re: Help with Gettysburg area information.
LTC Al Woltz (ahwoltz@CBDCOM.APGEA.ARMY.MIL)
Fri, 22 Nov 1996 19:48:58 EST
John, I live about 2 hours from Gettysburg, but my guys never can get enough
of it. Depending on the time of the year that you're planning to go, the
youth campgground might be open. It's located right on the battlefield so
it's convenient to get around. The cost of the facility is right, too. The
last time I checked it was FREE, but obviously, it fills up quick. We've been
staying at the KOA about 5-7 miles west of the battlefields. We've been
pretty lucky with the KOA. Costs are $3 per person, but when business is
slow, they've cut us a break and we've stayed for free. Both facilities are
currently closed though.
If you call or write to the Gettysburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau,
they'll send you a nice booklet which outlines most of the campgrounds
throughout the area.
The York-Adams Council also offers a National Historic Trial patch/medal if
you complete their small booklet. You can purchase one at the Gettysburg Tour
Center for $1.00. The trail program is a four-part hike/tour. The main patch
is awarded by attending the Electric Light Show at the Tour Center and touring
the National Cemetery. The light show is free for scouts and two leaders
can attend free as well. Scout(er)s can earn the other three trails/tours
patches by taking a self-guided, 3-mile Johnny Reb Trail, a 9-mile Billy Yank
Trail, and a tour of the Eisenhower Estate. Only the Eisenhower estate has a
fee associated with it and it's about $2 each.
The military base you referred to was probably Indiantown Gap which is about
an hour to an hour and a half away (east of Harrisburg about 10 miles NW of
Lebbanon, PA). You might try Carlisle Barracks which is
the home of the Army War College and the Army Military History Institute.
It's only about 30 minutes north (about 18 miles west of Harrisburg) right off
the PA Turnpike.
If you need more info, I'll be happy to run what I can down for ya, just give
me a call, (410) 569-4210 (H) or (410) 671-1870 (W).
Some helpful numbers/addresses:
York-Adams Council Office: 1-800-569-5197
Fort Indiantown Gap: 1-717-865-5444
Carlisle Barracks: 1-717-245-3131
Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
35 Carlisle St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Gettysburg Tour Center
778 Baltimore St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Baltimore Area Council
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