Scouters at George Washington's Mount Vernon
When George Washington passed away at his Mount Vernon home in December 1799, the still young United States of America went into an intense period of mourning. Two hundred years later, George Washington still holds a special place in the hearts of Americans.
To honor George Washington, the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America will hold a special Spirit of George Washington Encampment at Mount Vernon during the first weekend of November 1999. From Friday evening, November 5, to Sunday morning, November 7, about 1,000 Scouts and 150 adults leaders from troops, teams, crews, and posts across the council will enjoy two nights of camping and a full Saturday of program activities on the Mount Vernon grounds to help commemorate the life of George Washington.
The Mount Vernon Encampment is a special opportunity for Scouts. Never before have Scouts been invited to camp out on the estate -- to sleep on the grounds where George Washington slept many nights.
Although space is limited, you have the opportunity to join Scouts and Scouters from around the council in an exciting and rewarding weekend -- but only if you act quickly.
What Special Events Are Planned
In addition to having lots of fun, Scouts participating in the Mount Vernon encampment will have special opportunities to learn more about George Washington, what he meant for the nation, and what he still means for us today. Following are just some of the things that Scouts will be able to do during the encampment:
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What Do You Need To Do If You
Because space is limited and coordination among campers is essential, Scouts and adult leaders wanting to participate in the Mount Vernon Encampment must register through their districts. Each district will form one or more provisional units whose members will camp, cook, and participate in the weekend's many activities together.
To apply for a space in your district's Mount Vernon contingent, fill out the form at the bottom of this sheet and return it to the District Encampment Coordinator, whose name, address, and phone numbers are listed in the box on the back of the form.
What Are the
Answers to Some Questions Many Scouts
Will the Mount Vernon Encampment be fun?
Can my entire troop participate?
Are there any requirements for participating?
Some districts have established minimum rank or age requirements, so check with your District Coordinator to see whether you are eligible. Both Scout and adult participants also will be required to write Ten Scout Rules of Civility for the 21st Century (modeling their suggestions on the rules George Washington wrote in his early teens) and to conduct a community activity (either on their own or as part of a group) honoring George Washington prior to the encampment. Those activities can be completed after you apply, possibly with others in your district contingent.
What payment will be required?
After you have been notified by your district that you have been selected to participate, you will need to send a check for $35 to the NCAC office. That fee will cover all costs associated with the encampment, including food and program costs.
When Should I Submit My Application?
Can I participate in Saturday program activities even if I can't camp overnight?
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|This site is provided as a service to Scouts and Scouters by the Colonial District, NCAC, BSA, which includes George Washington's Mount Vernon. Although not an official site of the NCAC, BSA, or Mount Vernon, the site is maintained by Tom Baerwald, who has been appointed by the NCAC to direct the Mount Vernon Encampment, so information should be reasonably accurate.|