Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting in the U.S.A.
Visit the Official BSA 2010 National Jamboree Website
Nearby Facilities - National Capital Area Council
Attending the Jamboree??
Camp William B. Snyder, located 75 miles
outside Fort A.P. Hill, VA, is the perfect location for visiting Scouts
and units. Cabins, dining hall, swimming pool, wall tents, and more
will be available. We will also have transportation to all major
Grand Centennial Parade - July 25, 2010
article reproduced from Grand Centennial Parade)
Everyone loves a parade!!
Councils across the land: Come on down in July 2010 and be part of the
Grand Centennial Parade of the Boy Scouts of America. The Parade is being
co-sponsored by the National Council and the National Capital Area Council. Many
councils have already expressed great interest. We are now able to
share greater details with you as we move forward with the planning – so here is
the latest update:
When: July 25, 2010, 1:00 pm step-off. Most marching elements will
begin assembling by 11:00 am. Participants will need to plan to be in DC around
10:00 am for staging. Last elements will disperse by 5:00 pm…
Where: Constitution Avenue in the heart of our Nation’s Capital, from
7 Street NW to 17 Street NW, past many prominent and historic monuments and the
White House. This is the first BSA parade to be held on Constitution Avenue
since the 1937 National Jamboree.
Themes: Scouting in Action: Five floats depicting BSA core principles
of Leadership, Achievement, Service, Character and Outdoors. A Century of
Values: Ten historic divisions, each representing a decade, followed by the
Features: Every BSA council is invited to send a marching unit of 21
Scouts. Could be Cubs, Boy Scouts, Venturers, or a composite unit, your choice!
Bring your council colors!
NCAC will provide another 6- 9,000 youth, either marching or reviewing the
parade. Councils will be organized by States which will be distributed
across all the decades (e.g., Alabama will be in the first, Wyoming in the
1-2 bands or drum and bugle corps in each division. Many are or originated
from Boy Scout units and are nationally renowned. If your council has a marching
musical unit, let us know.
Helium balloons...floats…antique cars…
Highlights of historical Scouting events within each decade…
National Jamboree troops who are not officially representing their council in
the parade will have the honor to serve as “Reviewing Units” at designated
positions along the parade route.
General Information: Limited camping is available at Camp William B. Snyder
located in Haymarket, VA (1 hour away). See the NCAC web site at
Before and after the parade, enjoy “Centennial Scouting on the Mall,”
featuring Adventure Base 100. We will offer daytime Scouting activities like
geocaching and historic hikes that will run continuously from July 23 through
Washington DC Area Attractions and Tours
Commonly Visited Sites in Washington, DC
The Arlington National Cemetery – Located in Arlington, VA, on the banks
of the Potomac River, just across the Arlington Memorial Bridge from the Lincoln
Memorial. Features the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Amphitheater, the
Custis-Lee Mansion & the graves of Presidents John F. Kennedy & William Howard
Taft as well as Astronaut and Eagle Scout Roger Chaffee. Changing of the
Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every hour on the hour & every half
hour during the summer months. Scout groups can lay wreaths at the
memorial with prior approval. Ample parking available – Fee applies. Open daily
October – March: 8:00am-5:00pm, & April – September: 8:00am-7:00pm.- Telephone:
(703) 607-8585. Metro: Arlington National Cemetery
The Bureau of Engraving & Printing - 14th & C Streets, SW. See how US
currency is printed. March through August - Tours available Monday through
Friday from 9:00am-7:00pm and require a free ticket distributed first come,
first served beginning at 8:00am. September through February – Tours available
Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm; no ticket is needed.
Congressional and group tours available with prior arrangement. Closed
weekends, federal holidays & Dec. 25 through Jan. 1. Telephone: 877-874-4114.
Theatre, Museum & Peterson House - 10th Street Between E & F Streets,
NW. The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Lincoln and his
death the next day. The Theater and Museum are open every day from 9:00am to
5:00pm except Christmas day; The Peterson House opens daily from 9:30am-5:00pm.
Free, timed tickets are required to enter and are given out daily on a
first-come, first serve beginning at 8:30am at the Theater Box Office or can be
reserved on Ticketmaster. The tour consists of a 45-minute presentation within
the theater and a tour of the Peterson House, maintained to represent the time
of Lincoln’s death. Telephone: (202)426-6924. Box Office: (202) 426-6924.
Group Tours: (202) 638-2367. Metro: Equi-distant from Metro Center, Federal
Triangle or Gallery Pl-Chinatown.
The Foggy Bottom-GWU.
Kennedy Center – 2700
F Street, NW. Free tours are conducted by the Friends of the Kennedy
Center volunteers approximately every 10 minutes leaving from the Tour Desk on
Motor Parking Lobby A. Tours are offered Mon – Fri: 10:00am–5:00pm and Sat –
Sun: 10:00 – 1:00 and feature Hall of States, Hall of Nations and many works of
art and concludes on the Roof Terrace with a 360 degree view of the city.
Several foreign languages are available on request. Telephone: (202) 416-8340.
Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU.
The Library of Congress - 101 Independence
Ave, SE. Hour-long tours of the historic Jefferson Building, located on
First Street are conducted Mon – Sat: 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 (and 3:30 M-F).
Groups of 12 or more need reservations and are held Mon – Fri only. Telephone:
(202)717-9779. Metro: Capitol South or Union Station.
The National Archives - Constitution Avenue, NW. between 7th
and 9th St. Spring/Summer Hours: Allow 90 minutes to explore exhibits
which include an 11-minute film and the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.
Allow time for entry (1 hour or more during peak periods). Open daily from
10:00am to 7:00pm. Fall/Winter Hours: Open daily from 10:00am-5:30pm. Closed
Thanksgiving and Christmas days. To avoid entry wait, self-guided tour
reservations are recommended. Guided tours for groups up to 20 are available
Mon - Fri at 9:45 am. with reservation. Telephone:.
The National Gallery of Art - 6th & Constitution Avenue, NW. Numerous
tours are offered daily including specialty and foreign language tours; see
website for recent options. The Gallery consists of the West and East
Buildings and the Sculpture Gardens. Open Mon - Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday:
11:00am-6:00pm. Group tours can be arranged by calling (202)842-6247. General
Information Telephone: (202)737-4215. Metro: Archives. For Tattoos, please visit inkme.tattoo
The Pentagon – Located in Virginia across the 14th Street Bridge
(I-395). Tours will last 45 min to 1 hour, are 1 mile in length and include
sights such as the Sept. 11 Memorial and Hall of Heroes. Free group tours are
conducted by active military personnel and are available by reservation only Mon
– Fri: 9:00am-3:00pm. A security roster is required. No public parking is
allowed at the Pentagon and the closest parking is at the
Pentagon City Mall parking garages (Fee applies).
Telephone: (703) 697–1776. Metro:
The United States Capitol Building Visitor Center - Located
below the East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence
Avenues. The Visitor Center allows visitors access to an
exhibition hall, orientation theater, gift shop and 530-seat restaurant.
Reservations are recommended for the free guided tour lasting approximately 60
minutes. A limited number of same-day passes are available at
the tour kiosks on the East and West Fronts of the Capitol or at the Information
Desks on the lower level of the Capitol Visitor Center. Allow at least
90 minutes to visit all areas. Open Mon – Sat: 8:30am - 4:30pm; Closed
Christmas, New Year's & Thanksgiving. Congressional tours can be arranged by
contacting your local congressman prior to your visit or online. See website
for a list of Prohibited Items. Telephone: (202)225-6827. Metro: Capitol South
or Union Station.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - 100 Raoul Wallenbert
Place, SW (old 15th street between Maine Avenue and Independence Avenue). The
main entrance is on 14th street, next to the Bureau of Printing & Engraving. The
permanent exhibitions are recommended for ages 11 and up. Daniel's Story is
designed for children ages 8 and up. The visit will take from 1/2 to 3 hours.
Currently tickets are required only for the permanent exhibit “The Holocaust”
and only from March to August. Free same-day, timed tickets can be obtained at
the museum each day – be sure to arrive early to ensure a ticket). Open 7 days a
week from 10:00am - 5:30pm; Closed on Yom Kippur and Christmas Day. Telephone:
(202) 488-0400. Metro: Smithsonian.
The White House - 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Tours are scheduled
up to six months in advance through your congressional representative’s office
and are available Tues – Sat: 7:30am - 12:30 pm.. This is a self-guided tour
throughout the public rooms including the East Room and the State Dining Room.
Allow time for a visit to the Boy Scout Memorial near the Ellipse and the
White House Visitor’s Center currently located at the southeast corner of 15th
and E Streets (see separate entries). A list of all participants will be
required and background checks are performed. Also, since the White House is
occasionally closed for official events, it is recommended that visitors
schedule as far in advance as possible. Security information and prohibited
items lists will be provided with the tour information by the congressional
offices. There is no on-street parking near the White House so mass transit is
recommended. Telephone: 202-456-7041. Metro: Federal
Triangle, Metro Center or McPherson Square.
The White House Visitor’s Center - 1450 Pennsylvania Ave, in the north
end of the Dept. of Commerce Building. Visit six permanent exhibits ranging
from the architecture of the White House to the famous residents, experience a
30 minute video “Where History Lives” and visit the information booth for
free maps and brochures. Open daily from 7:30am-4:00pm; closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas and New Year’s days. Telephone: (202)
208-1631. Metro: Federal Triangle.
Lesser Known Sites
(But worth the time and possibly not as crowded)
The Corcoran Gallery of Art Museum - 17th Street and New York Ave.
Exhibits include permanent and rotating collections of 19th and 20th
painting, sculpture and photography as well as Senior Thesis exhibits from the
associated college. Open Wed – Sun: 10:00am - 5:00pm staying open on Thursdays
until 9:00pm. Tours are offered daily at noon. Group tours can be pre-arranged
with a nominal fee. Entrance Fee applies. Telephone: (202)639-1700. Metro:
Farragut W or Farragut N.
The Daughters of the American Revolution Museum – D Street, NW and
17th Street, NW. Home to the DAR National Headquarters, the museum
building also houses a premier genealogical library and Washington’s largest
concert hall. The museum features collections of early American items such as
costumes, toys, furniture and art. The 45-minute tour features period rooms
ranging from a one-room pilgrim dwelling to an attic containing toys and dolls.
A walking tour brochure is available that aides work on the Boy Scout
American Heritage merit badge. Open Mon-Fri: 9:30am-4:00pm and Sat:
9:00am-5:00pm. Closed Sundays, Federal Holidays and two weeks in late
June/early July (differs each year). Tours are given every hour and half-hour
Mon–Fri: 10:00am–2:30pm and Sat: 9:00am–4:30pm. Groups of 10 or more, call for
tour reservations. Free admission. Telephone: (202) 628-1776. Metro: Farragut
W or Farragut N.
The Department of State - 2201 C Street, NW. Free 45-minute tours
are conducted Mon - Fri at 9:30am, 10:30 am and 2:45pm. The tour includes the
Diplomatic Reception Rooms and fine art found in the State Department building.
Tours are by reservation only; it is recommended that reservations are made at
least 3 months in advance of your trip. Telephone: (202)647-3241. Metro:
The Department of the Treasury - 15 St. and
Hamilton Pl., NW. This building has served as the headquarters for the
Treasury Department since it was built in 1836. The free, 1 hour tour includes
the history of the Treasury Department and the building's architecture history,
including the Andrew Johnson suite, where, in 1865, President Johnson conducted
official business for 6 weeks after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It
also includes the beautiful Salmon P. Chase suite, the Cash room (the site for
Grant's inaugural reception), and the 1864 burglar proof vault. Tours should be
arranged through the office of your congressional representative prior to your
visit. Open Saturday mornings, the tours last 90 minutes. For hearing impaired
tours, call (202)622-0692. Telephone: (202)622-0896. Metro: Metro Center or
National Aquarium – 1401 Constitution Ave, NW. In the lower level
of the Commerce Building. The exhibits highlight habitats protected by the
National Marine Sanctuary Program, such as the Florida Everglades and
California’s Channel Islands. Over
200 species are represented including alligator, piranha, shark and eel.
Open daily 9:00am-5:00pm with feedings and talks at 2:00pm. Closed Christmas
and Thanksgiving Day. Prices range from $3-7 (cash only). Telephone: (202)
482-2825. Metro: Federal Triangle.
The National Building Museum - 401 F Street, NW, between 4th and 5th
streets. Tours are 45 minutes in length and include the Grand Hall which has
housed 17 Inaugural Balls and is home of some of the largest Corinthian columns
in the world at 75 feet. Open Mon – Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm and Sun: 11:00am -
5:00pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Free but $5.00
donation is suggested. Tours are led by docents daily at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30;
for group of 10 or more, call for reservations or to custom-build a tour. Scout
Programs/Days available (fee applies). Telephone: (202)272-2448. Metro:
Judiciary Square or Gallery Place/Chinatown.
The National Geographic Society - 17th & M St., NW. Permanent and
rotating exhibits of famous scientific expeditions and National Geographic
adventures. Free admission to most exhibits. Open from Monday through Saturday
from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Telephone:
(202)857-7588. Metro: Farragut N or Farragut W.
The National Postal Museum - 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE in the Washington
City Post Office Building next to Union Station. Permanent exhibits include the
history of the mail service, “Moving the Mail”, and “The Art of Cards and
Letters.” Open daily from 10:00am - 5:30pm; closed Dec. 25. Free admission.
Tours available for groups by calling (202)633-5534. Telephone: (202)
357-2700. Metro: Union Station.
The Old Post Office Pavilion - 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The tower
itself is operated by the National Park Service and free tours are given every 5
minutes on the stage level of the Old Post Office Pavilion. The self-guided tour
consists of the bell tower and the observation deck 270 ft. above street level
with one of the best views of the city. The lines for this tour are normally
much shorter than for the Washington Memorial and do not require tickets. Some
holidays the hours may vary due to bell concerts. The pavilion also offers a
food court and several shops. Summer Hours (June through Labor Day): Mon –Fri:
9:00am-7:45pm; Weekends and holidays: 10:00am-5:45pm. Winter Hours: Mon-Fri:
9:00am-4:30pm; Weekends and holidays: 10:00am-5:45pm. Telephone: (202)606-9686.
Metro: Federal Triangle.
The Phillips Collection – 1600 21st Street, NW. The nation's first
museum of modern art with 3,000 works by American and European artists. Open
Tues - Sat from 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am-6:00pm, staying open
Thurs. until 8:30pm with special programs offered. Concerts offered Sundays at
4:00pm Oct – May. Closed Mondays, Jan. 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and Dec
25. Telephone: (202)387-2151. Metro: Dupont Cir.
The Textile Museum - 2320 S Street, NW. The museum contains over 18,000
objects from around the world as well as a Textile Learning Center with a
hands-on exhibit. Gardens open during museum hours. Free with $5.00 suggested
donation. Open Tue - Sat: 10:00am-5:00pm and Sun: 1:00pm-5:00pm. Closed Dec.
24 and Federal Holidays. Telephone: (202)667-0441. Metro: Dupont Cir.
The United States Botanic Gardens – 100 Maryland Ave, SW in the shadow
of the Capitol Building on the National Mall. The conservatory is separated
into different rooms, each displaying a differing habitat. The garden displays
a variety of ornamental landscaping typical of the Mid-Atlantic region as well
as specialty gardens. The Conservatory is open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm and
the garden is open 10:00am-7:00pm year round. Free admission. Group tours are
available by request. Telephone: (202)225-8333. Metro: Federal Center SW.
The United States National Arboretum – 3501 New York Ave. 446 acres of
trees, shrubs and assorted plants in the northeast section of the District of
Columbia that includes the National Grove of State Trees. The grounds are open
from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily; closed Dec. 25. Free admission. The National
Bonsai and Penjing Museum is open daily from 10:00am–4:00pm, except on federal
holidays. From spring to fall, a tram takes visitors on a 35-minute, non-stop
guided tour (fees apply). For the tram, enter at the R Street gate. Ample free
parking is available throughout the grounds. Please make reservations for
groups. Telephone: (202)637-7000. Metro: Stadium Armory, then Bus number B2.
The United States Naval Observatory - 34th and Massachusetts Ave, NW.
The Naval Observatory is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the country
and is the official source of time for the DoD. Tours are available by
reservation only on alternating Monday nights at 8:30pm, weather permitting,
except on Federal holidays. Tours will include the mission and history of the
Naval Observatory, established in 1883, information on the official Master
Clock, and a look through a refracting telescope (weather permitting). When
reserving, names and birth dates will be requires for all in the group. There
is considerable walking on the tour. On-street parking is available outside the
gate. Telephone: (202) 762-1438. Metro: Archives, then bus 32.
The United States Supreme Court - First Street & Maryland Ave., NE.
Public lectures are conducted in the courtroom from 9:30am to 3:30pm every hour
on the half hour, except when court is in session. Allow time for the 24-minute
film and the exhibits about the history of the Supreme Court. Open Mon - Fri:
9:00am-4:30pm (closed on Federal holidays). Telephone: (202)479-3211. Metro:
Capitol South or Union Station.
The Washington Navy Yard – 9th & M Streets, SE, on the banks of the
Anacostia River. The Washington Navy Yard is the U.S. Navy’s oldest shore
establishment and features the U.S. Navy Museum and the USS Barry, a Vietnam-era
destroyer. Both are free of charge to the public. Access to most of the yard
is limited to the public and requires photo identification. Entry on weekdays is
limited to the 11th St. entrance at O St.; Weekend and Holiday entry
requires reservations and is limited to the M St. entrance at 6th
St., SW. The U.S. Navy Museum and the USS Barry are open Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm
and Sat-Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm. Limited garage parking is available free of
charge with a permit that can be obtained at the museum guard station.
Telephone: (202)433-6897. Metro: Navy Yard or Eastern Market.
Memorials, Monuments and Points of
The African-American Civil War Memorial – 1200 U Street N.W. Designed
by Ed Hamilton of Louisville, Kentucky, this is the first memorial remembering
the United States Colored Troops of the Civil War. It displays 209,145
names and was unveiled on July 18, 1998. The
sculpture stands ten feet tall and features uniformed black soldiers and a
sailor poised to leave home. Telephone: (202) 667-2667. Metro: U
Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardoza Station.
The Boy Scout Memorial – Located in the President’s Park,
next to the White House near 15 Street, NW. Placed on the site of the first
Boy Scout Jamboree of 1937, it was dedicated on November 7, 1964. It is one
of only a few Washington, DC memorials recognizing a living cause. Telephone:
(202)208-1631. Metro: Federal Triangle.
The Jefferson Memorial - South bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac
Park. Open 24 hours daily with rangers on duty from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 P.M. At
the Swan Boathouse, you can rent a paddle boat to cruise on the Basin.
Telephone: (202)426-6841. Metro: Smithsonian.
The Lincoln Memorial - West Potomac Park at the foot of 23rd Street, NW.
Open 24 hours daily for viewing and rangers are on hand from 9:30am to 11:30pm
to answer questions. There is a small visitor’s center located in the basement
with exhibits about Lincoln’s life and gift shop. Telephone: (202)426-6841.
Metro: Foggy Bottom/George Washington University.
The United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center - 701
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The Navy Memorial, dedicated in 1987, features the
statue The Lone SailorÓ which is
surrounded by an exact scale replication of the world’s oceans. The Naval
Heritage Center is adjacent and features rotating exhibits, a film gallery, a
library and a gift shop. The memorial is open 24 hours a day and the Visitors
Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 5:00pm and Sunday, noon to
5:00pm. Telephone: (202)737-2300 or
800-821-8892. Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Located at the western end of the
National Mall, adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial in West Potomac Park. Open 24
hours daily for viewing. Constructed of black granite to honor all Americans who
served in the Vietnam War 'as a special tribute to those who did not return.’
The names of more than 58,000 who gave their lives or who remain missing are
inscribed in the Memorial's walls. The names are in chronological order.
Telephone: (202) 426-6841. Metro: Foggy Bottom/George Washington University.
The Washington Monument - On the Mall at 15th Street, NW. Stands 555’ 5
1/8” tall. Open daily 9:00am to 5:00pm, except closed on July 4th
and Dec. 25th. Free, timed tickets are required to enter and are
given out daily on a first-come, first serve beginning at 8:30am at the
Washington Monument Lodge on 15th St. or can be reserved at
www.recreation.gov for a small fee. Telephone: (202)426-6841. Metro: