Local Scouts tour the East Coast treasures

Scouts look on at the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy photo

By Will Leszinske

Boy Scouts from El Dorado Hills recently toured the East coast before the National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The four-day tour, started at 4 a.m., when we arrived at the Sacramento International Airport. From there we headed to Philadelphia.

As a troop, we saw a lot of cool things in Philadelphia. We visited Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed, the famous Liberty Bell and the U.S. Mint. Our troop also got to see a comedic performance of the American Revolution. I was chosen to be a very stylish General Washington in a tricorn hat.

After Philadelphia,we went to the Arlington/Washington, D.C., area. There, we saw the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the Capitol, the White House and Arlington Cemetery. At the cemetery, they had the graves of many soldiers, in addition to that of President John F. Kennedy. The coolest part of the cemetery was getting to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which has an unidentified body from WWI, WWII and the Korean war.

We also had the chance to visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum, where we saw interesting exhibits on supersonic jets, spacecraft and dirigibles that had traveled the world in less than 80 days.

After D.C., we went BACK to Pennsylvania for a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield where the infamous three-day battle was fought. They had a movie room, and 3D action presentation, and of course: An excellent gift shop. Most of us spent our time there, pretending to shoot each other with the fake muskets.

We also got to visit the battlefield itself, and saw the Peach Orchard, Little Round Top and Cemetery Ridge. In addition to these famous sites, we were also shown the authentic cannons everywhere, and it was really cool to hear about the insane power of these weapons. We also were given the opportunity to reenact a confederate charge on a cannon. I had the pleasure of being the very first to die.

The next day was the day we were to leave for the actual Jamboree and we were slightly delayed by myself and the people in my hotel room. We slept in a hour-and-a-half late and had to sprint to the bus, not yet fully dressed. After the Jamboree, we went to Hershey, Pa., also known as the best part of the tour. At Hesheypark, the theme park, they had roller coasters that made us mature Scouts scream, and at Chocolate World they sold a bar of chocolate weighing 5 pounds. This was our wonderful experience on tour, and I would be happy to repeat it.

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Posted by on Aug 5 2013.
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