300 Boy Scouts camp at National Infantry Museum this weekend

benw@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 13, 2012 

Grounds around the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center will be the scene for more than 300 Boy Scouts on Friday and Saturday.

The event is part of the scouts' 21st Annual Duty to God and Country Retreat but the first  time a group has been allowed to camp on the site in Columbus.

"We have prepared an area in the woods north of the museum to give these scouts a proper place to pitch their tents," said Ben Williams, president of the National Infantry Foundation. "On future occasions, we'll be able to use the clearings for reenactments and other military history programs."

Several events are scheduled for the scouts Friday and Saturday nights. A flag raising service is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday before the group splits  for a tour of the Infantry Museum. 

Williams said the museum's primary mission is education. "We look forward to having the scouts here and giving them a chance to learn all about the soldiers who earned the freedoms they're celebrating," he said.








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