Troop 868 in Action
Summer Camp @ Resica Falls (July, 2006)
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In addition to the mine and the replica "company town" there was also a small science museum that featured a planetarium and a puzzle room. The planetarium show they conducted specifically for our group was very educational and interactive. Instead of a "canned" show, the host used the star projector to display the current night sky and pointed out planets and constellations that scouts could easily locate. Our group has visited several planetariums over the past few years and this was one of the most appropriate and interesting shows we have experienced.
The rest of the exhibit was all very "hands on" and the scouts particularly enjoyed the puzzle room that featured numerous "brain teaser" challenges. We had originally planned to spend about 2 hours at the BECM but ended up staying nearly 5 hours because there was so much to see and everyone was having such a good time.
This caused us to be after dark arriving in Gettysburg. We drove through rain most of the way there and all the campsites at the McMillan Woods campground were pretty soggy. Fortunately, the rain had stopped just before we arrived and we were able to erect a couple of tents (for the leaders) and a couple of dining flies (for the scouts) in the area that had been assigned to us without getting soaked. We had stopped and eaten dinner on the way, so everyone was ready for bed and we quickly got settled in for the night. A couple more shower fronts passed through overnight, but the rain fell straight down and didn't blow into the dining flies. Some moisture seeped out of the ground up through our plastic drop cloths and most sleeping bags were a bit damp the next morning, but no one got seriously wet. We spread our gear over tables under the dining flies before leaving the campsite and everything had dried out by the time we returned Tuesday evening.
|A velcro wall where scouts could attach plumbing pipe and roll a tennis ball proved entertaining.||Adam found a magnet display to be interesting.|
|Tim and Stephen mastered the nail balance problem; Mr. Davis explained the horseshoe puzzle to Chris.||After numerous attempts, Philip finally lucked out and got the cube properly assembled.|
|Scouts found the 1800's schoolhouse to be even less comfortable than the 1900's classroom.||Our guide explained that paper was scarce, so students wrote their assignments on chalkboards.|
|At Gettysburg, to keep setup quick and simple, scouts slept huddled together under dining flies. Two tents were also erected to provide privacy for changing. The adult leaders slept in the tents overnight.|
|Rather than spend a lot of time on cooking and clean-up, the group frequently dined in restaurants.||This breakfast at the Gettysburg Family Restaurant was unbelievably generous and very reasonably priced.|
|Rail fences and stone walls surround and cross the fields where the Battle of Gettysburg was fought.||Yes, Nick, that would be the business end of the cannon ... would you like us to fire it for you?|
|Scouts pose at the base of the Virginia monument that is topped by a statue of General Robert E. Lee||Scouts walk across the field where General Pickett led his famous final charge and thousands of soldiers died.|
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