Troop 868 in Action

Summer Camp @ Camp Marriott (July, 2005)

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In 2005, Troop 868 once again hit the road to attend an out-of-council resident camp.  This year the troop headed east to Goshen Scout Reservation's Camp Marriott in central Virginia with a week-long visit to Washington, DC tacked on to the front end.  Thirteen scouts and 2 leaders departed Shepherdsville on the troop bus early Saturday morning June 25 for a full-day's ride to DC.  The bus made rest stops about every 2 hours and the scoutmasters rotated driving duties.

Our immediate destination in DC was Metropolitan United Methodist Church, a large and beautiful church located in NW DC across the street from American University.  With the help of several Scout leaders in DC, we had made arrangements to "camp out" inside the church during our week in our nation's capital.  Our designated host, a Scout leader and member at the church, met us upon our arrival and helped us get settled in.  The church provided us with two air-conditioned Sunday School rooms for sleeping and allowed us use of the church kitchen and social hall for dining.  Though total strangers, they welcomed us warmly and their hospitality was truly appreciated.

On Sunday morning we removed all our stuff back onto the bus so as not to interfere with the church's Sunday program.  We then attended morning worship service and Sunday School at the church.  On Sunday afternoon we purchased Metrorail passes, learned how to navigate the subway system, and visited Arlington National Cemetery.

Back Row (L to R):  J.D., David, Philip, Patrick, Tim, Joe, ASM Chuck Davis, SM Bob Meek.
Front Row (L to R):  Vincent, Chris, Clinton, Alex, Trey, Jeremy, and Stephen.
Metropolitan United Methodist Church as viewed from the side parking lot.  The church is nearly hidden by trees along Nebraska Avenue from the front.
Scouts are adaptable to any environment, including sleeping on the floor of Sunday School rooms! We ate several meals in this basement multipurpose room.  The kitchen is behind the doors on the left.
The main sanctuary at Metropolitan United Methodist Church (photographed after the worship service) featured a long center aisle and a pipe organ. The church featured beautiful ornate woodwork and dozens of stained glass windows such as this one at the back of the sanctuary.
Troop 868 scouts at the main entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. The rows of stones marking the graves of fallen heroes gives Arlington a unique reverence. 
Vincent, Clinton, Tim, J.D., and Philip liked the grave marker of a military chaplain that looked like a Bible. Stephen and J.D. located the grave of Navy Admiral Rickover, "Father of the nuclear navy."
The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.  The scouts were so impressed by the  precision of the Honor Guards that most stayed at the tomb and watched several changes.  Soldiers from the U.S. Army have been privileged to guard the Tomb since 1926.  
Philip, Dave, Joe, Stephen, and Patrick at JFK's gravesite.  These guys were all born in the late 80s or early 90s ... they don't really  understand the Cold War, the space race, or the Cuban Missile Crisis. Arlington Plantation, owned by Robert E. Lee before the Civil War, was originally used by the Union to bury indigent dead soldiers.  The Washington Monument and the Capitol can be seen from Lee's front porch. 
In front of a fountain with Arlington House in the background. Walking through Arlington National Cemetery.

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