Local scout troop visits DC historic sites


Pictured above: The troop prepares for a tour of the US Capitol – Submitted photo


Statesville NC – Boy Scout Troop 609 toured the Washington DC area June 14-17, 2018. The troop visited the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle Virginia and toured the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Scouts also toured several museums including the National Air and Space Museum and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

On Friday, the troop spent a considerable amount of time visiting Arlington National Cemetery. The troop visited the Tomb of the Unknown and viewed the changing of the Tomb Guard. The troop was also provided an in-depth tour of the U.S. Capitol by U.S. Representative Ted Budd’s staff. The troop visited the Capitol Rotunda, the National Statuary Hall, the old Senate Chambers and the old Supreme Court Chamber.

On Friday evening the troop attended the evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington which is the oldest post in the United States Marine Corps. The performance of music and precision marching, the Evening Parade featured “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, “The Commandant’s Own” The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Ceremonial Marchers, and Cpl. Chesty XIV, the official mascot of Marine Barracks Washington.

While visiting the Washington area the troop encamped at Prince William Forest Park in Triangle Virginia which is administered by the US Park Service. The troop camped in cabins listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The wood, stone and brick structures were constructed by the Civilian Conservations Corps and Works Progress Administration workers during the Great Depression. During World War II the camp and cabins were used by the Office Strategic Services as spy training area.

Boy Scout Troop 609 is sponsored by First Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church of Statesville and is open to boys ages 11 through 17. The troop meets every Monday night at the troop’s scout hut located at 2019 Davie Ave. in Statesville. For more information about Troop 609 contact Scoutmaster Jim Mixson at 704-876-3825 or nctroop609@yahoo.com.

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