Troop 3/1003 venture to Northern Virginia to visit a President’s home and learn about space!
By Abbi Powell, Troop 1003 Webmaster
On Friday, February 17th, Troop 3/1003 traveled to Northern Virginia to visit the home of first president, George Washington, and to also visit the Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum. A small group of scouts went ahead and spent the night in a hotel before meeting the rest of the group the next day. That night, we celebrated the birthday of one of our scouts, Parker M., and our scoutmaster, Mrs. Amberleigh.
Mount Vernon is the home of the first president, commander and chief of the continental Army, George Washington, and his wife, Martha. It is a beautiful representation of what life was like during that period. While there, scouts had the opportunity to participate in a flag raising ceremony to “open” Mount Vernon, two wreath laying ceremonies at the tomb of General and Lady Washington, and a guided tour of the mansion. Many of the scouts in attendance were able to complete many requirements for the American Heritage Merit Badge. We explored the mansions, the grounds, the museums, and the river front. It was cold day, but we had a lot of fun!
In addition to the American Heritage merit badge, there were many other opportunities for scouts to earn badges, and it is a great trip for any scout troop!
Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum is located in Chantilly, Virginia and is an extension of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. While visiting the Air and Space Museum, we saw many demonstrations of airplane, spaceships, and science! We participated in a scavenger hunt, learned about the science behind space shuttles, learned about lift and aerodynamics, and learned about what astronauts, eat, wear and do when in space. The troop had such a good time seeing everything and can not wait for our next adventure!