On the weekend of March 13, 2015 Troop 26 went zip lining at Carolina Ziplines. We left the church Friday evening in the rain and it rained all the way up to Carolina Ziplines. It rained when we were setting up our tents and all night. The next morning each patrol started cooking breakfast and we had about an hour and a half afterwards before we were to go zip lining. It rained most of the time we were getting instructions. We went on seven different zip line courses and after we were done we ate lunch. After lunch we went to Hanging Rock to hike about 5 miles. We hiked to the top of Hanging Rock and we also saw Wolf Rock. When we got back to camp each patrol started cooking dinner and then a few hours later we had cake to celebrate Peter Wilson’s birthday. On Sunday morning we had breakfast and a Sunday morning service. After service we headed back to the church and concluded out camping trip weekend.
Troop 26 met up at IHM Church for our trip to Washington D.C. We did not bring our trailer because we were staying in a hotel. We left at about 6:00 pm, so we could make it to D.C. at around midnight. We could see the Capital Building and the Washington Monument from Crystal City where we were staying. We arrived at the Hotel at 12:30 am. We unloaded the cars and went up stairs to the lobby. Our senior patrol leader handed out the room keys. We all went to our rooms and went to bed. We needed it for our long day ahead.
Saturday January Seventeenth
Everyone woke up around 6:45 am. We ate breakfast at the hotel. Then we walked a block down to the metro station. For many the metro was a first. We put money into the machine which gave us metro tickets. After everyone got a metro ticket we walked through the machine that takes your ticket then spits it out for you to use it again. We went down the escalator and waited for our tram. We got on the tram and rode for about ten minutes. We got off and walked to the Library of Congress. We went inside the museum part but could only see into the real library. We learned that you had to be an adult to enter the Library of Congress. Next we went to the Supreme Court Building,then we visited the Air and Space museum. We saw Leonardo da Vinchi’s Flying machine, the first U.S. rocket and Amelia Earhart’s plane, After The Air and Space Museum we ate lunch at food trucks. It had some of the best food I had ever had. We then headed to the capital to take a tour. We watched a movie about the history of the capital, then had our tour. After the tour we went to the Crime & Punishment Museum. It had the history of crime and punishment from as early as the middle ages. After we headed to the Hard Rock Café. We headed back to the hotel after we finished eating. We took the tram back to the hotel.
Sunday January Eighteenth
Now normally we would leave on a Sunday but because it is Martin Luther King Jr Weekend we have Monday off of school. That means we get to stay longer. When we woke up it was raining so that meant we had to wear our rain gear. We took the tram to the area around the Washington Monument. We got to go up in the monument. Next we went to the Natural History Museum. We went to the White House for a group picture. Next we went to the WW2 Memorial. Then to the Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial. Then to finish out the day we went to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. We walked to the tram station and rode back to hotel.
Monday January Nineteenth
We woke up, packed our bags, checked out, and got in the cars. Before we left we went to Arlington National Cemetery and saw the changing of the guards and four boys in our troop changed out the wreath. After we went to see The Eternal Flame for President Kennedy. Then we went to The second Air and Space Museumand saw The Discovery the last rocket from America to go to space. We finally went home. We got back to the church at 11:00pm.
Troop 26 went on a trip to Woodfield West for the Akela District Camporee. It was called The Fellowship of the Troops. We arrived late at night we all unpacked the trailer, and set up camp. Then a few scouts built a gateway using lashings and bamboo. We woke up at 6:00 and made breakfast. The rest of the day we did challenges. One of the last challenges was the Battle at Black Gate. It was water balloon and flour battle. Our troop won the battle then a group of scouts from our troop and groups from other troops did a race. Later that night we had a camp wide camp fire and they announced the winners of the challenges and we won 2nd place.
The trip to Bryson City for tubing was long. It was about a four hour trip in the rain. Once we arrived, we had to set up in the dark. In the morning all the patrols made breakfast. We played in the river until the adults got our tubes. We lugged our tubes to the farthest point you could tube from. They sent us down in patrols. Our first trip down someone in my patrol fell of their tube and went under the water. An older scout pulled him out. We went down the river multiple times. We tubed till 4:30 p.m. then each patrol made dinner. Sunday morning we packed up had a church service and left.