LINCOLNTON, N.C.––The members of Boy Scout Troop 75 are learning a lot about patriotism.
That’s the word this week from Scoutmaster Teddy Reed. Based out of and sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton, Troop 75 recently visited the Citadel and the famed USS Yorktown, both in Charleston.
“While many other students enjoyed the beach, mountains or just being away from the classroom during spring break, Scouts from Troop 75 and Pack 75 recently walked in the steps of country’s heroes, while participating in the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum’s camping program aboard the historic World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor,” said Reed. “After their three-day experience aboard the Yorktown, they then enjoyed a tour of the Citadel by members of the Citadel Eagle Scout Association, prior to returning to Lincolnton.”
He added that in addition to touring the Yorktown, the Scouts also toured the USS Laffey, a World War II-era destroyer, and the USS Clamagore, a submarine from the Cold War era. The group also learned about the Vietnam War in the museum’s new interactive Vietnam experience.
“Morning and evening meals were served to the group aboard the Yorktown, just as there were to the ship’s sailors decades ago while at sea,” said Reed. “The group also slept in the same sleeping quarters as the sailors.”
Reed was joined by Pack 75 Cubmaster Doug Hancock. In all, there were 39 members––Scouts, leaders and parents––on the trip, all of them enjoying “the journey of a lifetime,” as one Scout put it.
Other comments included:
“That was the coolest trip ever!”
“I got to sit in the captain’s chair of the ship.”
“I can’t believe I was able to go into a submarine!”
“The (Citadel) cadets were very smart, and we stood next to a tank.”
“I was never bored on that trip. The Apollo VIII experience was pretty awesome. The Citadel was breathtaking!”
“Everyone was so professional and really took the time to discuss the history with all of us. There were really fun things to do, like the flight academy school and the rock wall. The flight deck was the coolest thing ever, with the jets and planes.”
Want to enroll your boys in Troop 75? Send your e-mail queries to Reed at email@example.com.
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