Updated June 3, 2007
Gettysburg Orienteering Campout, June 1-3, 2007

Camping on the battlefield made the morning flag ceremony seem more significant. A younger Scout from the troop was chosen to lead the morning colors, and several Webelos Scouts participated as the color guards and color bearer.
Troop 205 has a policy that when any Webelos are camping with us, their knife safety is reviewed with them. While all have done their Whittling ‘Chip in the dens, we want to make sure they remember it, and understand that we will enforce these safety rules uniformly.
New Scouts and Webelos were introduces to using a GPS. After a brief demonstration and lesson, coordinates were entered for several local geocaches, and one was selected. The troop then went after that geocache, and successfully located it in a hollow spot in a tree.
After additional instruction on maps, compasses, and basic orienteering principles, each patrol set out on the orienteering course to several locations across the Gettysburg National Park. Patrols were briefed on what areas were restricted and where it was permissible to cross fields.
The first stop was the observation tower past East Cemetery Hill. Troop leaders waited there to make sure everyone had plenty of water for this very hot, humid day. From the top of the tower you could see many other landmarks throughout the Park.
The next Stop took the Scouts through the Civil War National Cemetery to the Battlefield Visitors Center and Museum. Here they could see the gear that Union and Confederate Soldiers used during the war, from uniforms, to rifles, to cannons. This stop also provided water, and air conditioning to cool off.
The next stop was the Pennsylvania Monument on the battlefield. Here, a brigade of the First Pennsylvania Reserve re-enactors had set up camp for the weekend, showing visitors how the soldiers’ lived and worked together in the army.
The orienteering ended at Devil’s Den. This was a site of much fighting during the Battle of Gettysburg, and many Soldiers died here from their wounds, and snakebites. The rock formation here gets its name from the infestation of copperheads that killed many soldiers who hid here during the battle.
The evening ended with Scouts and Webelos enjoying smores and a campfire back in Macmillan’s Woods at our campsite.
Sunday, after breaking camp we all returned to the Pennsylvania Monument see the soldiers demonstration of their rifles.