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2004 Antietam Battlefield Campout

Antietam Battlefield Campout
On December 3rd, 4th, and 5th, we will be visiting the Antietam Battlefield for their special Luminary Night.

The cost will be $20 per person, plus $3 battlefield admission fee for scouts and leaders age 17 and over.
Permission Slip
Here is the permission slip for the campout.
Mandatory Equipment Check
There will be a madatory equipment check for cold weather camping at Dec 1st meeting with history presentation of the Antietam battlefield. If you plan on attending this campout, this meeting is mandatory with full cold weather camping gear for inspection. If you cannot make this meeting, let me know and we will make alternate arrangements, but all scouts must have equipment inspection prior to this trip due to cold weather possibilities. Mr. Diming's document is an excellent reference for cold weather camping.
Campsite:
We have found a campsite nearby close to the C&O canal and only 15 mins or so to the battlefield.

The campsite is normally closed this time of year, but the owner says he will open for us that weekend as Boy Scouts are always welcome.

Facilities: The campsite will be closed for winter. There is firewood available nearby however we may want to consider taking some wood. Depending on the weather and temperatures, we may have a bathroom available, but no hot water.
Battlefield Tour:
I have also made arrangements with a Battlefield Guide for a 3-4 hour tour of the battlefield starting at 9 am the morning of the 4th.

Proposed Itinerary:

Leave Friday the 3rd and travel to Campground. Set up camp. Estimated 3 1/2 hour drive.

Sat, Dec 4th Breakfast in camp. Travel to battlefield for tour starting at 9 am.

Pack a bag lunch or cooler with cold cuts/chips/drinks for picnic lunch after tour.

Stay and continue to tour Antietam battlefield until it closes at 3 pm, or side trip to nearby museum or battlefield. The battlefield of South Mountain is nearby. I will do further research for an afternoon activity.

4:30-5 pm, join the motorcade queue for the luminary tour which begins at dark.

Luminary tour takes approximately 1 hour and must be done in a vehicle. No restrooms available on vehicle tour.

Sunday morning, breakfast in camp and return home after chapel service.

Luminary info:

Dinner: Depending on the size of the group and logistics. Either prepare a group dinner at camp (chili, or beef stew, or similiar one pot meal) or stop at pizza place for dinner. This decision will depend on the number of adults attending (may need drivers for luminary tour) and also the weather.

If very cold and the group is small, opt for the one time only visit for
pizza dinner, if the group is large and enough adults are attending where cooks are available to stay behind and prepare dinner, we can go for dinner at camp. To be decided . . . .

Preparation:
We will need to have a shakedown at the December 1, 2004 meeting for cold weather camping preparation. This will be a mandatory meeting for all scouts who plan on going on the campout. Scouts will need to present a suitable cold weather sleeping bag and cold weather gear. Coats, hats,
gloves, etc for inspection. No surprises.

This meeting will have talks and presentations on cold weather camping.

No meeting on Nov 24th Thanksgiving holiday.

Meeting on December 1st will be a history presentation on the battle of
Antietam, background of what we will see at the battlefield, and the
significance of the luminary ceremony.
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Aj Mezynski,
Mar 1, 2009, 3:23 PM
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