2016 Summer Camp Preview – Part 2
This year’s summer camp is going to be a unique experience. Everyone will have a chance to visit the Gettysburg Battlefields and other historic sites near our campsite.
Here are some of the things we can do during the week:
Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center (view website)
- The Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War has 11 exhibit galleries featuring Gettysburg National Military Park artifacts and interactive displays.
- A New Birth of Freedom: a film narrated by Morgan Freeman and sponsored by The History Channel.
- Cyclorama: The nation’s largest painting that places visitors in the fury of Pickett’s Charge on the third day of the battle.
Battlefield Bus Tour
- Climate-controlled motor coach for a tour of the battlefield led by a Licensed Battlefield Guide. Along the way, you’ll get off the bus several times to experience this hallowed ground. Licensed Battlefield Guides train for years and must pass extensive tests to qualify to give tours.
The Soldiers’ National Cemetery (view website)
- See where Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address and reflect on the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg. National Park Service Ranger–led walking tours are available seasonally.
Eisenhower National Historic Site (view website)
- Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.
George Spangler Farm (view website)
- The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site is one of the most intact Civil War field hospitals used during the battle of Gettysburg. During and after the battle the Spangler family’s homestead was occupied by the Union army’s Eleventh Corps who used the buildings and fields as a hospital for some 1,900 wounded Union and Confederate soldiers.
Gettysburg Diorama Show (view website)
- Experience the Battle of Gettysburg in a scale model recreation. This is the largest military diorama in the United States at over 800 square feet of display.
Ghost Tour (view website)
- Candlelit walking tour through the streets of Gettysburg. Tour guides are masters at their craft giving guests an entertaining and education experience.
BSA Gettysburg Heritage Trails Program Patch (view website)
- The Visitor Center/National
- The Billy Yank Trail is a 10-mile hike through the battlefield and takes approximately six hours to complete.
- The Johnny Reb Trail is a 4 mile trail, which takes about 2.5 hours to complete. The trail snakes through historic landmarks and monuments relating to the Battle of Gettysburg and looks at the battle through confederate eyes.
- The Eisenhower National Historic Site
- The Historic Gettysburg Trail is a walk through the downtown area to help visitors imagine what it was like to live in Gettysburg in July 1863. This trail is approximately three miles and takes 2-3 hours to complete.