Members of Boy Scout Troop 60 of Mountaintop attended the Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Encampment on Sept. 27 -29th. 3000 Scouts and leaders from Pennsylvania and beyond participated in events of a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to actually camp on an important historic site from the Battle of Gettysburg and reflect on the significance and impact of what actually took place on these same grounds.
Troops camped on the grassy fields of the George Spangler Farm, the best surviving example of a farm used as a field hospital during the battle of Gettysburg, where upwards of 1,900 men were treated for wounds, both minor and fatal. Scouts visited this National Park’s Museum and Visitors’ Center that features relics of the Battle of Gettysburg and personalities who served in the Civil War. There they also experienced the sites and sounds of battle while viewing the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a painting of Pickett’s Charge by French artist Paul Philippoteaux.
The Scouts visited The National Cemetery where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address and walked the battlefield with National Park rangers and re-enactors who explained the three day battle and its impact on our country. The campout was sponsored by the New Birth of Freedom Council. Troop 60 is chartered by St. Judes Church in Mountaintop.