Give Me Liberty!

Posted: June 29, 2008 in Scouts

Jake, Josh, and John lit off with the Boy Scout Troop to the City of Philadelphia at the end of June!  17 Scouts and five leaders departed Friday morning in two large rented vans packed tightly with camping gear and junk food.

They camped at Valley Forge – much like General Washington’s troops only a whole lot warmer! (OK, actually it was in a grove behind the Volunteer Fire Department.) Their first evening consisted mostly of riding out a thunderstorm that brought torrential rains and strong wind gusts. But, other than a washed out tent or two and a few damp sleeping bags, all was well.  On Saturday, they spent the day touring the historical sights of downtown Philly. They saw the (broken!) Liberty Bell

And they visited Independence Hall where it all began…

They also saw Washington Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, Ben Franklin’ house, and a few other historical sites before a trip to Pat’s Steaks for a Philly favorite, and a return to Valley Forge where they toured the ramparts and huts and enjoyed a film at the visitors center.

Only time will tell how much Josh and Jake got out of the trip but, for John, standing in Independence Hall with his sons at his side, hearing the story of the Second Continental Congress, in the very room where our Nation was formed…  Was pretty darn cool.

  1. ironboy says:

    Sounds like a fun (and priceless for pop) trip!

  2. Charlotte says:

    What a great trip. I went there with a group my junior year of high school, and I’ve never forgotten it. The sheer historical magnitude of Independence Hall was almost overwhelming. Josh and Jake probably got more out of it than it may seem right now. Not the least of which was getting to spend all that time with their dad.

  3. Joe says:

    Sweet stuff – sounds like you had a lot of fun. I went to Philly for the marathon last year – didn’t get to do much sightseeing, but I did get to see the Liberty Bell. I’d love to go there again with a little more time to soak in the history.

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