Troop 208
West Haven, Connecticut

August 12 -19, 2006 - Washington D.C.

Sunday, August 13th

Monday, August 14th

Tuesday, August 15th


Wednesday, August 16th


Thursday, August 17th


Friday, August 18th



Friday August 18, 2006

The Troop went to Arlington National Cemetery today. We rode the tram, which took us to the numerous sites, such as Robert E Lee's House (Arlington House),
Audie Murphy's grave, JFK and RFK's graves, and the Tomb of the Unknowns. At the Tomb of the Unknowns, we watched the changing of the guard.
Afterward, we rode the subway into Chinatown one last time, and at the request of the scouts (unanimous vote), we ate at Kam Fong Seafood Restaurant.

Twelve of the boys went back into D.C. tonight, to view the sunset parade, held at 8th & I , U.S. Marine Barracks.

We are preparing to break camp. The troop should be on the rode by 10:30 AM.


Thursday August 17, 2006

The Troop went to the Holocaust Museum and the National Air and Space Museum. The Holocaust Museum is a must see in Washington D.C.
The experience was emotionally intensive, and the scouts had many questions ranging from "Why?" to "How could someone do this to another person."
No photo's of the museum, as cameras are banned.

The scouts had a fun time at the Air and Space Museum. They must have taken a hundred pictures of the museum.

Tonight, we had a "Friendship Fire" and invited campers who befriended the scouts during our stay - including a set of twin girls from
Massachusetts and three scouts from Texas - Troop 461. Again, campers staying around our site stated that they were amazed at how well
the boys behaved and how respectful they were!

Wednesday August 16, 2006

Today, Troop 208 went to the Smithsonian Museums of Natural History and Museum of American History. As you can see from the photos,
the camp is VERY primitive and the boys are having a hard time adjusting to it. (LOL, this isn't your fathers Boy Scouts). Today, we were approached
by numerous people, both in the campground and on the subway, who commented on how well behaved and polite the boys have been - the boys have
certainly been living the Scout Law.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Troop 208 has been on the move! We have been walking 10+ miles each day, visiting the Nations Capitol. I think we got this subway thing down's
not easy moving nineteen boys through a subway terminal, without losing one or accidentally double scanning a ticket at the gate.

Today was the White House Tour. Unfortunately, we were unable to take photos, as cameras are prohibited. We also visited Ford's Theatre, where
President Lincoln was shot, and learned about the assassination and the people who killed him. We also visited the Peterson House, the boarding house
across the street from Ford's Theatre, where President Lincoln died.

The troop then walked to the Law Enforcement Memorial, where they took name rubbings of two West Haven Police Officers who died in the line of duty.
The boys were amazed that Connecticut has two full pages of officers names who died in the line of duty.

Lunch in Chinatown was had, and all the scouts want to return here for lunch tomorrow!. Even our fussiest eaters experimented and found new foods to eat
when they return home.

Finally, it is nice to see how well the troop gets along, despite the differences among the boys. They have been a pleasure - and at times, entertaining
[zip zip,( you had to be there LOL)], to be with.


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