scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Gettysburg Report
Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG
Wed Aug 09 2000 - 10:32:02 CDT
Roman J. Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote about his troop's Gettysburg
trip and ended with:
"Many are now asking to go to Washington D.C. next year. As much as I think
that would be a great idea, the way this trip's logistics fell apart the
last minute, I just am not ready for a cross country trip every year."
Troop 68 (Trumbull CT) has gone to Gettysburg several times (1988, 1993,
1998) and went to Washington this past summer.
We drove from Connecticut leaving at 5:30 am (ish) to try to avoid NYC
traffic. We had to travel on I-95 & George Washington Bridge because we had
a trailer (i.e. could not use the parkways and the Tappan Zee Bridge). We
arrived at Arlington Cemetery mid afternoon and walked to visit the Kennedy
graves, the Tomb of the Unknown and the Custis-Lee Mansion. We then
traveled to Burke Lake Park (run by the Fairfax County Parks Department)
where we set up camp. Facilities include full bathrooms with showers
(separate for men and women).
Friday we drove into DC and parked under L'Enfant Plaza. We proceeded to
hike the Presidential Trail (with patch and medal available). This trial
begins at the White House. Our first stop, though, was at the Boy Scout
Monument which is just south and west of the White House (behind the stands
where folks wait for the White House tours). We stumbled on it accidently,
but the boys had a great time there.
(There are two photos from the trip on the Troop web page:
We completed the trail, with a pause for the thunderstorm, and headed back
The next day we spent some time in camp doing advancement, and then left
for Manassas Battlefield. We hiked between 6 and 7 miles covering much of
the area and seeing monuments from both of the battles.
The following day we packed and departed for home with a stop at the Army
Ordinance Museum in Aberdeen, Maryland.
I'd be happy to share additional details off list with anyone who cares.
However, please note that I depart tomorrow for 10 days to prep and staff
the Council JLTC.
ASM Troop 68
Trumbull CT (St. Thresa's Roman Catholic Church)
...and a good old Buffalo, too