Posted By BSA History,
Friday, October 25, 2013
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Originally posted on July 2, 2013As printed in The Scouter Digest, July, 2013
Flags flew on Saturday, May 25 as 32 Scouts from NCAC’s four oldest troops led the procession down Connecticut Avenue and across the President Howard Taft Bridge to open the History Of Scouting Trail (HOST). Weather was perfect for the inaugural weekend. More than 3,100 Scouts, leaders and parents participated and could be seen all over town investigating clues, reading plaques and looking for statues.
The 5.9 mile Colin Livingstone Hike was named after the first president of NCAC and of the Boy Scouts of America. Two other hikes, the Baden-Powell Hike and the James E. West Hike, are in the works. Also available is the popular History Hike, a shorter 2.5 mile hike concentrating on the area from the Ellipse to Lafayette Square. John LeMon, Scoutmaster of Troop 100, the oldest troop in Washington, DC, said, "This was a wonderful opportunity for the boys to learn about their Scouting heritage connected with so many landmarks in D.C. It is always a good thing to know where you come from.”
Peter Bielak, also known as P-B, a DC-based Scout historian and creator of the HOST program, said, "The program was about the experience of discovery. It was designed to provide a fun and challenging historical treasure hunt of knowledge”. P-B said the HOST program is going through the approval process to become a Nationally Recognized Historic Trail and is the first trail in the world based completely on Scout history. HOST benefited from strong relationships and support from the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the Omni Hotel and the International Spy Museum.