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Hasbrouck Heights Boy Scout Troop 17 Hikes Historic Gettysburg

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Members of Troop 17 at the statue of General Winfield Scott Hancock, a Union general in the Civil War, at Gettysburg. Credits: Ernie Lopez
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Troop 17 climbed the 60 foot Culp's Hill Observation Tower at Gettysburg. Credits: Ernie Lopez
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As part of our launch during August, TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro, will look back at newsworthy events that happened earlier in 2017 that did not get coverage. 

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Members of Hasbrouck Heights Boy Scout Troop 17 spent the weekend of April 28 to 30 camping and touring historic Gettysburg. PA. In total, the troop hiked 17+ miles.

The troop of 14 boys, eight leaders, and two siblings (who happen to be Girl Scouts) arrived Friday night, pitched tents, and built a campfire. In the morning after breakfast, they began the day with a visit to the Gettysburg Visitors Center to tour the museum and displays. Additional insight for the trip was provided by Assistant Scoutmaster Jim Halloran, a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, who shared details and knowledge about Gettysburg.

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The hike, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Bill Severino, took the boys across all the major battle points and past many of the stone monuments made for different Army units. They visited with re-enactors who explained what life was like in the battle and what types of supplies and weapons were used.

The troop hiked into the battlefield and walked the path of the soldiers up to Little Round Top, the site of an unsuccessful assault by Confederate troops against the Union on July 2, 1863, the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Many houses in the area had historical markers indicating that they had been used as field hospitals. They also visited the Soldiers’ National Cemetery where President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.

Troop 17 is chartered by Corpus Christi Church. Any middle or high school age boy interested in Scouting is invited to attend a meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Early Childhood Learning Center.

 

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