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Boy Scouts visit nation’s capitol

Submitted to the Tribune

Scoutmaster Dr. Patrick Martin, from left, scouts Hilton Atherton and Tyler Martin, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, scouts Dylan Martin, Nathan Griffith and Quinn Kixmiller are shown in April during a troop trip to Washington, D.C.

Eight Boy Scouts and several parents from the Nevada Area Council's Troops 468 and 594 visited Washington, D.C., on April 9 to help the scouts earn a merit badge.

The Boy Scouts, whose troops are chartered by the Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church, had a great time working toward their Citizenship in the Nation merit badge, which in part requires a tour of the state's or nation's capitol, according to a press release.

These Scouts raised money for the trip by selling Trails-End Popcorn door-to-door and at the South Lake Tahoe Safeway enabling them to raise the funds for each Scout's expenses. The accompanying parents were glad that the Boy Scouts had raised their own funds, and each parent paid his or her own way.

As part of their trip, the scouts met with Sen. Dean Heller and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. They also sat in on a Congressional session. The young men of troops 468 and 594 also voiced their displeasure with the cancellation of their White House tour due to the U.S. federal budget sequestration, the release stated.

They did, however, get to read the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights at the National Archives and visit the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian and Ford's Theater, where the boys watched a play telling the story of how and why John Wilkes Booth shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln. The troops went to the Library of Congress, featuring many original volumes purchased from President Thomas Jefferson's private library. Several from the group also went into a proceeding of the Supreme Court.

For more information on the trip, or for those interested in scouting, call Linda Cloutier at 530-541-3765.

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