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Washington D.C. History of Scouting Trail (HOST) History Hike

October 10, 2020 - October 11, 2020

Join us for a day trip to Washington, DC. We will be completing the History of Scouting Trail (HOST) History Hike.  Scouts will work together to solve clues while learning about the origin of scouting in the U.S.  All scouts should come prepared to wear a mask for the duration of the hike in accordance with current Washington D.C. mandates.  Scroll to the bottom to use the sign-up to indicate you plan to attend this event.  It is very important that you sign up in order to attend so that we know which families to look for especially since we are meeting in DC.

Overview and Cost:  During our visit we will complete an approximate 2-mile walk called the History of Scouting Trail (HOST).  There is no cost to participate in this event aside from parking/public transportation, individual food expenses, and souvenirs. 
Meeting Location and Time:  We will begin the walk outside of the National Geographic Museum promptly at 10:30 am.  If you would like to drive to Washington, there are numerous parking garages in the vicinity of the walk start with costs approximately $15-$20 for the day.  Alternatively, the Farragut North Metro station on the Red Line is approximately one block from the trail start.  However you plan to get to the start, please provide yourself plenty of time and plan to arrive at the National Geographic Museum no later than 10:15 so that we can begin our walk promptly at 10:30am.
Parking Info:  If you plan to park, a list of garages near the National Geographic Building along with their availability and rates can be found on the following site:  Parking
Metro Info: Alternatively, if you plan to arrive by metro, you can plan your trip using the MTA trip planner.  For example, this trip plan leaves Greenbelt Metro station at 9:15am and arrives at Farragut North station at 9:58am:  Trip Planner
Hike Details:  While completing the HOST hike, each scout will be required to individually write down answers to ten questions and individually take 6 photographs at designated locations.  Additionally, each scout must perform a “good turn” and collect litter found during the walk.  In order to facilitate this process each scout must bring with him or her the following items:

1) One plastic bag (small grocery type)
2) 2 Pencils/Pens
3) Camera or ability to take your own 6 photos

6) Proper hike clothing, hat

7) Water bottle

8) Remainder of 6 essentials.  Snack, whistle, first aid kit, sun protection (shouldn’t need a light).
We will bring a few extra copies of the answer card and challenge questions, but please plan to bring your own copy if possible.
Uniform:  Scouts should wear field uniform (previously referred to as class A uniform) during the hike.


October 10, 2020
October 11, 2020
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