Troop 868 in Action

SUMMER CAMP TRIP 2009

WASHINGTON, DC  (June 20~28)

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On Monday morning we rode the subway into downtown DC to visit the National Archives to view the actual Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and other important documents.  Afterward, we saw the U.S. Navy Memorial, Ford's Theatre where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and the Peterson House across the street where he was taken for care and died. 

For most of the group, this was their first time riding a subway.   Standing on the platform waiting for our train to arrive.
We were riding near the end of the morning rush hour and the trains weren't at all crowded. Cody, Dalton, and Gabe decided to ride standing up.  Gabe seemed to enjoy the sensation of the fast moving train.
After arriving at the National Archives, we had to wait about 45 minutes to get in.  As with most of the federal facilities in DC, admission was free but we had to wait in line.  The National Archives, official warehouse for our nation's most valuable and irreplaceable documents.
"In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 ..."  This is the ACTUAL Declaration of Independence.  The photo is dim because flash photography is not permitted.   "We the People ..."  And this is the ACTUAL first page of the Constitution of the United States.  The rest of it was there, also.  Along with the first ten amendments (The Bill of Rights).
The U.S. Navy Memorial contained a map of the world made of stained concrete completed with accurate navigation lines. The group posed for a photo in front of the fountain that's part of the Navy Memorial.
Scouts outside Ford's Theatre as Scoutmaster Meek graced them with a history lesson about Lincoln's assassination.  Mr. Hagerman kept checking his tour map.  It's almost as if he was afraid Scoutmaster Meek would get us lost in DC?

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