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U.S. Military History Camp

U.S. Military History Camp

  • Weeks:Jun. 8, 2020
  • Time:9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Note:Friday will be an extended day trip
  • Cost:$350 per week
  • Grades:6-9
  • Staff:Patrick Miggins

U.S. Military History Camp 2020

Discover how America is the Land of the Free because it was first the Home of the Brave!  Enjoy a week of immersion into our storied military history by visiting the battlefields, barracks, and museums that commemorate America’s history of service and valor.  Here is our itinerary:

Monday-  Docent-led Tour of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA.  All exhibits (from Defending the New Republic in 1775 to Vietnam and beyond) are designed as immersive experiences involving sights and sounds and motion and temperature changes.  Our tour will include a viewing of “We, The Marines” on the state-of-the-art giant-screen, plus a M-16 Laser Simulated Rifle Range experience.

Tuesday- Tour the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.  We will focus our attention on WWI, WWII, and Cold War Aviation Exhibits, while also taking in a 3D I-Max movie, “D-Day: Normandy 1944”.

Wednesday- Tour Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, MD.  “O!  say can you see,…”  This impressive star-shaped fort is the home of the valiant defense in the War of 1812.  Learn how Francis Scott Key was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” as American troops withstood British bombardment, as our banner, “whose broad stripes and bright stars… were so gallantly streaming” over Fort McHenry.  We will enjoy a Ranger-led tour of the ramparts, barracks, and the exhibit and movie in the visitor center.

Thursday- Tour Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD.  We will enjoy a Ranger-led tour of the battlefield and learn about the artillery and military tactics and circumstances that made Antietam one of the bloodiest battles in our nation’s history.  We will visit Bloody Lane, Burnside Bridge, Dunker Church, the Observation Tower, as well as the museum and visitor center, where we will take in an informative documentary film of Antietam.

Friday-  Tour of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  “Anchors Aweigh!”  Our group will enjoy a highly-regarded historical USNA tour, led by a professional, passionate, certified guide.  This tour brings the U.S. Naval Academy’s stories to life, and includes a stop at the Crypt of John Paul Jones.  We will then tour the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, offering two floors of exhibits exemplifying a history of sea power and the development of the U.S. Navy.  We will then round off our tour by taking in the Evening Parade (8:45-10:00 PM) at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. (8th and I St.).  This one hour and fifteen minute performance of music and precision marching features “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, “The Commandant’s Own” U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard, and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Ceremonial Marchers.  Campers’ families can join us at the parade or pick up their sons at The Heights at 10:30 PM.