Activities

 

WASHINGTON, DC

Columbus Day Weekend
October 11 - 13, 2014

UPDATE: As of Aug. 26, only 10 seats left on the 7th & last bus!

On this year’s exciting trip, we tour our nation’s capitol and surrounding areas. Washington, DC is the capitol of the free world in more ways than one. The city’s iconic monuments and memorials, world-class Smithsonian museums and many other exciting attractions are free of charge. You will be spending a whole day in downtown Washington where you will have the opportunity to visit the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Wall, World War II Monument, Abraham Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Air & Space Museum, American Indian Museum, National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of American History and much, much more. You will view the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery, tour Mount Vernon – the home of George Washington, our first president; and tour the US Capitol building.   Sitting upon Capitol Hill, it is the largest and grandest of them all!

 

 

FEE:

$175 per person – Fee includes transportation, all meals and lodging, admission to venues and Camporee patch. Optional expenses may be souvenirs, snacks and/or added attractions as decided by your individual troop or crew.

WHO CAN GO:

  • Individual Scouts – any “registered” Boy Scout or Venturer “and their parent.” (Note: If not already registered, a parent must register with their Troop or Crew first and will need to take Youth Protection Training.)
  • 2nd-Yr. Webelos if invited by their Troop only!( MUST attend with a parent, who must be registered with their pack first, if not already registered as a leader and will need to complete Youth Protection Training!)
  • By Troop or Crew – at least two registered adult leaders MUST BE in attendance from each Troop or Crew registering. (Note: All leaders and/or parents MUST be registered with their Troop or Crew and MUST have completed Youth Protection Training!)

    Note: Please remember….this is a weekend campout – accompanying adults (and Scouts) MUST “be prepared” for all contingencies. You will be doing a LOT of walking!!!”

RESERVATIONS:

A $50.00 “non refundabledeposit for EACH individual attendingwill reserve your seat. Deposits can be transferred to a new participant, but cannot be returned or transferred to an individual already registered!” Deposits made by May 31st will guarantee you a seat on the bus! As buses fill up, you will be placed on a waiting list until there are enough reservations to fill the next bus. Early registrants will be assured a seat on the first two buses. Don’t delay – this trip is going to be a popular one! After initial deposit is made, payments can be made in $25 increments until paid off. Payment in full is due on or before September 13th, 2014. Any payments made after September 13th will be required to add a $25 late fee!

DRESS:

“Class A” Scout field uniforms ARE REQUIRED! (pants, shirt, socks, belt –Scout hat). This is the uniform of the Boy Scouts of America. Remember, we are going to be ambassadors of our Northeastern Pennsylvania Council and the Boy Scouts of America. PLEASE keep shirts tucked in! General neatness is the order of the day. NO camouflage clothing is allowed! (Leaders and Senior Patrol Leaders are responsible for enforcing this rule.) Should you need it, here is a link to the official Boy Scout and Scout Leader Inspection forms: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34283.pdf  

TRANSPORTATION:

We will be using Avery Transportation, Inc.chartered, 47-passenger, climate-controlled, motor coaches with restroom facilities. Departure time from PNC Field (RailRiders Baseball Stadium on Montage Mt. Road) will be 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 11th. Plan on arriving at the stadium at 6:00 a.m. Return arrival time will be approximately 9:30 p.m., Monday, October 13th. A minimum number of cars may be left in the Stadium’s parking lot over the weekend. You will be directed where to park.

WHAT TO BRING:

These are basic items – a full checklist is at the end of this packet. Each person must bring a tent or share a tent with another Scout from his troop (or parent). Also, sleeping bag, uniform, change of clothing, extra socks, underwear (also long underwear & soft gloves, if weather indicates), toiletries, flashlight, spending money, day pack, water bottle, rain gear, jacket, personal first aid kit, note pad, pen and some optional items – camera and pedometer. Remember….BE PREPARED for any kind of weather! Note: ALL sleeping bags must be placed inside a stuff bag or extra strong garbage bag. NO LOOSE SLEEPING BAGS WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE BUS! – in order to avoid lost or misplaced gear, ALL” GEAR MUST BE MARKED WITH YOUR NAME or INITIALS & YOUR TROOP or CREW NUMBER! Use duct tape or waterproof tags!

WHAT NOT TO BRING:

Because of limited space on the bus, NO large, external frame backpacks, fold-up cots, foot lockers, large picnic coolers or other unnecessary gear will be permitted. A duffel or gym bag is best. AGAIN…MARK YOUR NAME and UNIT NUMBER ON YOUR GEAR! Due to ICC regulations, “NO” liquid fuel or propane tanks or canisters may be carried on board or in the underneath storage bays of the bus!

Saturday – October 11, 2014
6:15 a.m. Arrive at PNC Field
  Load buses
6:45 a.m. Leave PNC Field
11:45 a.m. Arrive at Mount Vernon
  Eat lunch on or near the buses
  Tour Mount Vernon
4:00 p.m. Board buses – leave for restaurant
4:30 p.m. Supper at Old Country Buffet restaurant
6:00 p.m. Leave restaurant for Jefferson Memorial
6:30 p.m. Arrive at Jefferson Memorial
8:30 p.m. Leave Jefferson Memorial for campsite
9:00 p.m. Arrive at Coast Guard facility & set up camp
9:30 p.m. Hotel people leave with bus drivers
  Cracker barrel and leader’s meeting
10:30 p.m. Lights out – big day tomorrow

Sunday – October 12, 2014

6:30 a.m. Reveille
7:00 a.m. Breakfast in camp
7:45 a.m. Board buses for National Cathedral & Immaculate Conception
8:45 a.m. Arrive at respective churches
10:00 a.m. Board buses for downtown Washington
11:00 a.m. Arrive in Washington to spend the day
  Lunch on your own
  Supper on your own
8:00 p.m. Board buses at Linclon Memorial for camp
8:45 p.m. Arrive back at camp
9:00 p.m.
Hotel people leave with bus drivers
9:30 p.m.  Cracker barrel and leader’s meeting
10:30 p.m. Lights out – another big day tomorrow

Monday – October 13, 2014

6:30 a.m. Reveille
7:00 a.m. Breakfast in camp
  Break down camp
  Start packing buses as soon as thet arrive back in camp
7:45 a.m. Board buses for US Capital
8:30 a.m. Arrive at US Capital
12 noon Leave Washington for Arlington National Cemetery
  Box lunch – either at the capitol before we leave or on the bus
12:30 p.m. Arrive at Arlington National Cemetery
3:00 pm Leave Arlington National Cemetery
4:30 p.m. Arrive at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant in Frederick, MD
5:45 p.m. Leave restaurant for home
9:30 p.m. Arrive back at PNC Field

Duties include, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Being in charge of your bus
  • Assisting in loading and unloading equipment on your bus
  • Doing accurate head counts (don’t want to leave anyone behind)
  • Making sure meal monies, if any, are distributed appropriately
  • Helping the bus driver get to the right destination
  • Helping your group stay on time and that they stick to their itinerary
  • Finding answers to your leader’s questions
  • Attending bus captain’s meetings before and during the trip
  • Relaying information back to your group after these meetings

Bottom line……helping to move a mass of people in a safe manner from here to there and back; and at the same time, provide a great experience for our Scouts and Scouters.

If you would like to help out as a Bus Captain on the Historic Traveling Camporee to Washington, DC complete the volunteer form in the Information and Registration Packet.

 
  • Mount Vernon -​
  • National Cathedral -
  • ​Jefferson Memorial -
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception -
  • Arlington National Cemetery:
 
  • The U.S. Capitol Building: 
For complete details on the
2014 Historic Traveling Camporee to Washington, DC,
including leader guides (youth and adult), planning checklists,
and registration and payment information please click on the link below
to download the complete information packet.

Copies are also available at the Scout Service and Training Center