Scouts hold first ever camp-out at National Infantry Museum

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - This weekend will mark the first time a group will be allowed camping privileges at the National Infantry Museum.

More than 300 Boy Scouts from the 14-county Chattahoochee Council will be scattered across the grounds of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center from Friday Sept. 14 to Saturday Sept. 15 for their 21st Annual Duty to God and Country Retreat.

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

Campers will be on site Friday and Saturday nights. They will hold a flag raising service on the parade field at 8:30 Saturday morning. Afterward, they'll split up into groups to tour the National Infantry Museum and nearby Oxbow Meadows, and at 4 p.m., they'll retire the flag in a special ceremony at the fire pit behind the museum.

"The museum's primary mission is education," Williams said. "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."

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