First Lutheran Church - DeKalb, Illinois "Always an Adventure"



    - Philadelphia sights
    - Atlantic City visit
    - LIghthouse tour
    - Altantic beach
    - New York City sights
    - Whale Watching
    - Mountain Climbing
    - Niagara Falls

July 20-28, 2002
Cost $300





East Coast Adventure
July 20-28, 2002
Cost $300.00

The 911 attach in September 2001 was a tragic event of historic proportion. It was a day everyone moved by. When our Scouts planned the 2002 calendar one of the major trips they wanted to do was to visit New York City. We visited the 911 site 9 months after the attack. We visited the 911 site and spoke firefighters of Engine Company 204, one of the first respondents to the World Trade Center..

Troop 33 Scouts paid their respect to the victims and heroes of 911, plus found adventure in touring historic sites, east coast cities, ocean beaches, whale watching, climbed a famous mountain, plus a magnificent waterfall.


DAY 1 - Saturday July 20, 2002
      + Travel - DeKalb, IL to New Stanton, Pennsylvania - 551 miles
      + Overnight - Days Inn, New Stanton, Pennsylvania

DAY 2 - Sunday July 21, 2002
    + Tour sites in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
            - Indpendence Hall
            - Liberty Bell
            - Philadelphia Court House
    + Tour Boardwalk at Atlantic City, New Jersey
    + Overnight - Camping at Citti Scout Reservation, Brookville, New Jersey

DAY 3 - Monday July 22, 2002
    + Tour: Barnegat Lighthouse, New Jersey
    + Atlantic Beach: Ship Bottom Beach, New Jersey
    + Overnight - Pouch Scout Reservation, Staten Island, New York

DAY 4 - Tuesday July 23, 2002
    Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan, New York
    + Touring: New York City, New York
            - Battery Park
            - Restaurant Row
            - Times Square
            - Rockefeller Center
            - Empire State Building
            - St Mary's Church
            - 911 Ground Zero
            - Staten Island Ferry
    + Overnight - Pouch Scout Reservation, Staten Island, New York

DAY 5 - Wednesday July 24, 2002
    + Tour: New York City, New York
            - Battery Park
            - Restaurant Row
            - Times Square
            - USS Intrepid Air & Space Museum
            - Central Park
            - New York Philharmonic Orchestra Concert
            - Staten Island Ferry
    + Overnight - Pouch Scout Reservation, Staten Island, New York

DAY 6 - Thursday July 25, 2002
    + Drive across: Verrazano Narrows Bridge, New York, New York
    + Tour: New York City, New York
            - Visit/Tour: NYFD Engine Co 204
    + Drive to Gloucester, Massachusetts
    + Overnight - Cape Ann Marina Resort, Gloucester, Massachusetts

DAY 7 - Friday July 26, 2002
    + Whale Watching: Yankee Spirit
    + Sailors Memorial, Gloucester, MA
    + Beach Combing, Gloucester, MA
    + Drive to Jaffrey, New Hampshire
    + Visit withTroop 33 of Jaffrey, New Hampshire
    + Overnight - Camping at Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey, New Hampshire

DAY 8 - Saturday July 27, 2002
    + Climb to the summit of Mount Monadnock, Jaffrey, New Hampshire
    + Drive to Brockport, New York
    + Overnight - Econo Lodge, Brockport, New York

DAY 9 - Sunday July 28, 2002
    + Drive to Niagara Falls, New York
    + Visit: Niagara Falls, New York
    + Drive to DeKalb, Illinois

Troop 33's East Coast Adventure tour will always be remembered for fun, adventure, and excitement, as well as history. Our boys returned with newfound knowledge, and a greater sense of history. It was a memorable experience.



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Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA
DAY 1, 2 - July 20,21, 2002
Philadelphia, Atlantic City

We began by touring the great city of Philadelphia. Our first activity was to visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and explore the Old Courthouse to learn about the history of the early United States. Our next stop was the Boardwalk of Atlantic City, New Jersey where we enjoyed dinner and our first view of the Atlantic Ocean.

We enjoyed the hospitality of the Joseph Citta Scout Reservation. We shared a campsite with a troop from New Jersey and enjoyed a great breakfast at their dining hall in the morning.

Beach at Ship Bottom, NJ
DAY 3 - July 22, 2002
Barnegut Lighthouse, Ship Bottom Beach

The day began by exploring the Barnegut Lighthouse, with a great view of the Atlantic Ocean and the New Jersey Coast.

We spent much of the day at the Atlantic Beach at Shipbottom, New Jersey. For a group of boys from Illinois, it is a real treat to play in the surf of the ocean. We enjoyed a great picnic lunch on the beach.

We enjoyed another great summer camp at Camp Pouch on Staten Island.

Downtown New York City
DAY 4, 5 - July 23, 24, 2002
Sightseeing in New York City

Our New York tour included visiting so many places such as: Battery Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Broadway, USS Intrepid Air & Space Museum, and even enjoyed an evening concert by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in Central Park.

One of the main things we wanted to do was visit the 911 Ground Zero site. It had a makeshift memorial covered with embroidered emblems from different fire departments that came from all over the nation to serve at Ground Zero following the disaster. We found great pride in seeing the emblems of DeKalb and Sycamore Fire Departments on the memorial.

Before leaving one night we had an amazing chance encounter. We saw Fire Captain Rick Lee walking his famous rescue dog Ana on our way to the ferry station. The dog was a beautiful golden retriever who loved our attention. It was an honor meeting two genuine heroes of 911.

We stayed overnight at Pouch Scout Reservation on Staten Island. Each morning we took the Staten Island Ferry to and from Manhatten, passing the Statue of Liberty and the beginning and end of each day.

Posing with Engine Company 204
Day 6 - July 25, 2002
911 Heroes of Engine Co 204

We visited with Engine Company 204, one of the first respondents to the 911 attack. We listened to first hand accounts from some of the first men who arrived there at the 911 Ground Zero site. It was a truly amazing part of the trip, a lesson in living history the boys will never forget.

We spent to rest of the day traveling to Massachusetts.

Whale Watching
DAY 7 - July 26, 2002
Whale Watching, Beach Combing

Another highlight of the trip was visiting Gloucester, Massachusetts where we explored the tidal basin, enjoyed fantastic pizza, with the highlight experience of whale watching along the Stellwagon National Marine Sanctuary. We saw finback whales and sei whales during our whale watching adventure. We also visited the Sailor's Memorial.

After our many activitie we drove to Jaffrey, New Hampshire where we visited with their own Troop 33. We camped overnight at Monadnock State Park.

Climbing Mount Monadnock, highest
DAY 8 - July 27 , 2002
Mt Monadnock in New Hampshire

We climbed Mount Monadnock, one of the world's most climbed mountains. It is the second most climbed mountain in the world, beaten only by Mt Fuji in Japan. The views of the surrounding area were fantastic. After climbing we drove into upstate New York.

We spent the night at Econo Lodge in Brockport, New York

Niagara Falls, New York
DAY 9 - July 28, 2002
Niagara Falls, New York

Our final stop before heading back to DeKalb, was at Niagara Falls in upstate New York. It was a great way to end a great trip.


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