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2011 Marine Corp Museum

Dear Troop 2860:

                For our December outing, we will visit the Marine Corp. Museum.  That’s right, Troop 2860 will be, “the Few, the Proud, the Marines” for a day.  We will gather in the normal location, Woodlake AFC parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and leave by 8:30 a.m. on December 10, 2011.  We will travel approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to our destination in Triangle, Virginia, which is north of Fredericksburg and just south of Quantico.  (see attached directions)  There is ample free parking for our vehicles and no cost to visit the museum.  

The SPL will gather the scouts to review the “code of conduct” for the museum because scouts and Marines are respectful.   We will divide into groups of ten scouts per one or two adults and tour as small groups through the museum.  Adults attending should visit the Marine Corp. Museum website to read about the exhibits and prepare themselves to provide the scouts with a great tour.  Adults who have never visited the museum will find that this is one of the best museums with an easy to follow lay-out, great displays, interactive experience for the scouts, and very friendly former Marines who staff the place answering all of your questions about the history of our Nation and the Marine Corp.

                After two hours of touring the museum, we will gather for lunch in the mess hall.  Scouts will pay $6.50 in advance for the lunch they select.  (see attached menu).  You should pay when you turn-in the permission slip so we can order in advance.  (see permission slip attached)  During lunch, we will have one or more Marines (now retired), “once a Marine always a Marine”, talk with us about his experience as a Marine, and where he served in combat.

Throughout the day, scouts passing through the exhibit section named, “Making Marines”, will have an opportunity to pay $5.00 per person for one round of qualifying shooting on an indoor range.  The scout will shoot an M-16 with laser pulse at a target range to find-out if they have what it takes to be a Marine.  “Every Marine is a rifleman”.  Scouts wanting to test themselves on the shooting range should bring $5.00 with them.

                Scouts may also visit the museum gift shop to purchase books, posters, clothing or other items of Marine gear.  No, they cannot buy one of those M-16 laser rifles.  We will gather to leave the museum at 2:00 p.m. and return to Woodlake by 4:30 p.m.  Scouts will have sufficient time to tour the museum in the three hours allotted.  Home school parents may want to visit the website for teaching materials with student activity worksheets.  This museum visit will satisfy some of the U.S. history and SOL requirements.   If anyone has questions, please do not hesitate to call one of the coordinators.  We will begin sign-ups on the two Wednesdays following Thanksgiving.   I look forward to a great visit.

Joseph Teefey
ASM-Trip Coordinator for 
Mary & Todd Ward
Trip Coordinators

Aj Mezynski,
Nov 17, 2011, 1:13 PM
Aj Mezynski,
Nov 17, 2011, 1:13 PM