Boy Scouts visit Alcatraz |

Boy Scouts visit Alcatraz

Tribune Staff Reports

On March 24 and 25 the scouts, scout leaders and parent volunteers of Boy Scout Troop 468 of Zephyr Cove spent the night in prison on Alcatraz Island. Selected through a lottery system from among 250 applications, the 21 scouts and 14 chaperones were guests of the National Park Service and the Alcatraz Overnight Program.

As part of their experience the scouts were required to perform a service project that included cleanup and restoration of selected areas on the island. The overnight program also included touring areas of the prison and island not open to the general public, including secret tunnels and prison guard gun galleries. The group also slept overnight in the “D” block prison cells. “D” block is where the “worst of the worst” prisoners spent their time.

Thanks to their sponsors, the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club, Boy Scout Troop 468 enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will never forget.

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