scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Planning Gettysburg
Marc Godbout (godbout@LANCAST.COM
Fri Nov 19 1999 - 08:21:28 CST
We stayed at the Bugle-Boy Campground, which I believe was right in
Gettysburg. They were very accommodating and a couple other
troops/packs also stayed in the campground while we were there. The
only reason we didn't use MacMillan Woods was they didn't have any
showering facilities or pool.
> What size group should we take? What size group we are able to take
> may depend on the mode of transportation.
We were smaller, only 22 people, but it seems Bugle Boy could handle a
larger size. You might need to split into smaller groups for some
activities, such as the bicycle tour.
> >> What should we make sure we see and do? I see there is a bus tour
> guide that we can get for a two hour tour. <<
As has been mentioned, the Billy Yank and Johnny Reb trails are
excellent hikes. The longer one (can't remember which) ends with a
cross from the Confederate side to the Union across the field. We
performed a highly accurate depiction of Pickett's Charge (OK, a bunch
of kids and adults with Cordura backpacks and hiking boots - but we did
yell and fall down a lot :>) This is a must-do and is practically free.
I would also recommend a bicycle tour. Maybe we lucked out and got a
great guide, but he made the tour for us. He was a historical battle
buff and really got into the details. He also tailored the tour to his
audience, covering some of the grosser details which he probably
wouldn't do for girl scouts. Also he spent some extra time talking
about New Hampshire's contributions to the battle and war.
Another popular thing was the tower. I don't remember the name, but
it's a metal tower which has a view of the entire battlefield, along
with a walk-around historical narrative on the lower level. We went
twice, once on the first day there and then again (because of popular
vote) on the last day. I recommend the last day, because if you go on
any of the tours, especially the Johnny Reb/Billy Yank one, when you
look over the field, you recognize all the places you've been and get a
better vision of the scope of the battle.
We also took time out and went to Hershey Park. That was pretty
> >> What is really good time to go? <<
We went in August, and it was *hot*, but not horribly so. Plenty of
water for the hikes and we were fine. On the plus side, it didn't rain
a drop until after we were packed up for the ride home.
Instead of a bus, we rented a 15-passenger van and I and another parent
drove our own vehicles.
One another thing we did - we kept a group journal. We left a notebook
out in the dining area for boys to write down there thoughts whenever
they felt like it. One of my favorite notes was from a boy who rarely
says a word. He drew a big smiley face.
Have fun - we did.
SMA - Venture, Troop 98