Updated February 1, 2009
Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty, and Snowtubing, January 30 - February 1, 2009
We used Resica Falls Scout Reservation as our base camp. Saturday we drove to Liberty State Park in New Jersey, and boarded the ferry to Ellis Island. The outside temperature was in the 20’s, so most of our group stayed inside the ferry and examined the New York Skyline, looking at the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and Ground Zero. Others went outside for pictures and a better look at Ellis Island as we approached.

The buildings at Ellis Island have been greatly restored and turned into a museum showing the immigration of many of our ancestors to America. Several of the Scouts look at records of family members who came, and all of them learned a lot about immigration, and the hardships families endured to get to America and become citizens.
After eating the lunches we packed in the cafeteria on Ellis Island, we boarded the ferry once again, bound for the Statue of Liberty. After crossing through a second security checkpoint, Scouts were able to enter the base of the statue, and explore the history of America’s symbol of Liberty. They wandered around the statue and island looking at exhibits on its planning, architecture, and construction, and were able to actually look up at how the statue is supported. Everyone wished they could still access the crown, which has been closed since 9/11.
Sunday was our annual snow-tubing trip, once again this year to Camelback. Sunday was much warmer than Saturday, but everyone enjoyed the fire while waiting for his or her ticket to tube.

Camelback changed their lift systems this year – which actually made it take longer to get up the hill and down in a tube. On the other hand, they have fast lanes with single, double, and family size tubes for everyone to enjoy.

After three hours of tubing, we all enjoyed a cookout of hot dogs, chips, and drinks in the parking lot before returning home. It was a very busy weekend, with everyone learning a lot, enjoying our National Monuments, having fun in the winter weather, and still getting home on time for the super bowl!