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Camping Washington Monument State Park with visit to Crystal Grottoes Caverns

July 27, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Please join us for our July camping trip to Washington Monument State Park July 27-29th.  Choose to camp one or two nights using the sign ups below.  Cost is as follows:  Scouts $5/day, Adults $10/day, Siblings $5/day.  Cost includes the camping site fee and meals.  Sign up and payment for camping is due by Friday, July 20th.  Please coordinate with Kim for payment.  Check in time is anytime after 3pm Friday and we will be at the youth group site #2.  Check out is by 1pm Sunday.

This state park is a worthwhile destination because it is home to the first monument dedicated to president Washington, is home to a small civil war museum, and sits along the Appalachian trail.

We are staying at primitive group site #2 which has three 25’x25′ concrete pads, 2 picnic tables, 1 fire ring with grill attachment and there is a restroom (flushing toilets and sinks, NO showers) shared with 2 other group sites nearby.

We will plan to hike along the Appalachian Trail from the parking area along route 40 to a scenic vista called Annapolis Rock with an optional extension to another lookout called Black Rock.  This is a moderately easy hike that is mostly flat with a short climb (~1/2 mile) along the 2+ mile one-way trip (4-5 mile round trip).  This seems to be a popular destination so hitting it either Friday evening or early on Saturday morning should help to avoid the crowds.  If anyone wanted to extend their hike and see a longer section of the AT, they could leave from the park and add an extra ~3 miles downhill to the parking area.  We could even do part of a hike on Friday and another part on Saturday if people wanted to cover a slightly larger section of the AT.  Additional info about this hike is located at the following link:

We will also be visiting the nearby Crystal Grottoes Cavern (optional) and have secured a group rate for a 4pm visit on Saturday.  The group rates are adult tickets $15.00 and kid (12 and younger) $5.00.  Note that the Pack will pay for the scouts to attend the cavern trip FREE but you will be responsible to pay for siblings/adults.  This cave is only about a 4.5 mile drive from the park and will be a good way to cool off on Saturday afternoon.  The tour is about 30 minutes long.  Please note that the cavern only takes CASH as method of payment – no debit or credit cards so please come prepared with cash payment.  For additional information for cavern visit their website at:   http://www.crystalgrottoescaverns.com/

Check out the link below for a custom Google map showing some of these points of interest relative to each other.
Use the following sign-up sheets to attend this event.  Please sign up for the nights you are camping as well as if you will be attending the optional trip to the caverns.


July 27, 2018
July 29, 2018
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Kim Elam


Washington Monument State Park
6620 Zittlestown Road
Middletown MD 21769, MD 21001 United States
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