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2009 Spy Museum Day Trip

The weekend after Thanksgiving is our trip to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.  After climbing the marbles in the Devil’s Marble Yard we will now trek the marbled floors of the Spy Museum and the National Archives.  We will march through the streets of Washington, D.C.  We will tour the Spy Museum exhibits learning about the history of spies from the time of Moses to George Washington to Harriet Tubman to spies in the Cold War and today.  See what it is like to live the life of a spy.  See the tools used by spies including gadgets, weapons, bugs, cameras, vehicles, and technology.  We will also go on a Spy in the City mission:
Time is ticking…a terrorist operation is unfolding in DC…sleeper agents are ready to activate a device that will bring the city to its knees. Can you find the hidden password to deactivate it before the terrorists launch their attack? In the ultimate intelligence game, you will piece together clues and decipher messages that reveal a world of ruthless terrorists and deadly choices.  As a Special Security Division (SSD) agent armed with a Geo-COBRA, the latest high tech device issued to counterintelligence field agents, you prowl the streets of DC uncovering secret messages, tracing hidden signals, scanning for fingerprints, and breaking codes. Can you foil the plot? Only your wits and time will tell…
After foiling the terrorist plot and learning about the Navajo code talkers and Cold War spies Kim Philby and Robert Hanssen in the Museum we will take a short trek over to the Ronald Reagan Building for lunch.  Several options are available there including deli sandwiches, Chinese, Quiznos, Sbarro, and Subway.  Scouts will need money for lunch.
After lunch we will take a short walk to the National Archives.  We can see the treasures of our country:  the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. There are other interesting exhibits in the National Archives.
We will travel to Washington in a modern, comfortable James River motor coach (bus).  Seating is limited and we must have a good ratio to adult leaders to scouts as required by the Museums.  Space will be limited to 45 scouts and 7 adult leaders.
We will muster at WUMC parking lot at 7:00 AM on Saturday, December 5.  The bus departs at 7:30 AM sharp.  Please eat breakfast before we leave and/or bring appropriate, nutritious snacks for the ride.  We will arrive at the Spy Museum at 10:00.  We will have three groups that take the Spy in the City Mission separately.  We have three reserved times for the missions. Both Museums require that youth groups and their chaperones stay together throughout the Museum visit.  Additional Museum rules will be provided in a later note.  After touring the exhibits at the National Archives we will return to the bus for a 5:00 PM departure.  We should arrive back at the WUMC parking lot at 7:30 PM.  The Troop will provide a Cracker Barrel during the return trip.
The cost will be $35 per person – scout or adult leader.  This includes the Spy Museum, the Spy in the City Mission, National Archives, and the bus ride.  The cost of lunch is not included in the camping trip fee.  Scouts will need money for lunch.
We will not be able to bring backpacks into either the Spy Museum or the National Archives, so these will need to be left on the bus.
Travel will be in Class A uniforms only!
There will be a sign-up sheet at the Troop meeting on Wednesday.
Permission Slips will be available this Wednesday night at the troop meeting. Sign up!!
What - Spy Museum Day Trip
When - Dec 5, depart 7:00am
Where - WUMC Church parking lot, look for the bus
Return - Approx 7:30pm same place at the church
Who - T860 Scouts and ASM Leaders, Scouts have priority on seats
Cost - $35.00 plus lunch money (work those luminary shifts!!)
Leader - Tim Colwell
Mr. Wheeler adds:
Notes: Dress warm, we will be walking outside.  Bring munchies but leave day
pack stuff on the bus.  No pocket knives due to security at museums.  Game
and music electronics allowed but must be left on the bus in your daypack.
YOU are responsible for your gear!!  ID your gear, it all looks the same!
Phones allowed with use restriction rules to be outlined on the bus.  Class
A mandatory.  Bring your ear buds for use on your super secret spy gear
(museum does supply disposables).  MW
Timothy J. Colwell