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The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the USS Constitution in Charlestown. Stops along the trail include simple explanatory ground markers, graveyards, notable churches and buildings, and a historic naval frigate. While most of the sites are free or suggest donations, the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and the Paul Revere House charge admission. The Freedom Trail is overseen by the City of Boston's Freedom Trail Commission and is supported in part by grants from various nonprofits and foundations, private philanthropy, and Boston National Historical Park.

The Freedom Trail was originally conceived by local journalist William Schofield, who in 1951 suggested building a pedestrian trail to link together important local landmarks. Boston mayor John Hynes decided to put Schofield's idea into action. By 1953, 40,000 people were walking the trail annually.  Members of the Boy Scouts of America who hike or camp along the Freedom Trail may be eligible for the Historic Trails Award.

  USS CONSTITUTION, the WORLD'S OLDEST COMMISSIONED WARSHIP AFLOAT and AMERICA'S SHIP OF STATE, promotes the United States Navy and America's naval heritage through educational outreach, public access and historic demonstrations both in port and underway in Boston Harbor.

Located inside Boston National Historical Park as part of the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, Massachusetts and part of Boston's Freedom Trail, USS CONSTITUTION is open for public visitation, FREE OF CHARGE, throughout the year.

October 8-10, 2022

$70 per person.  Bring a check payable to "BSA Troop 71" to our next meeting or Venmo @Troop71Plandome (last four is 1569)

Please bring full Class A uniform.

ASM Don Reda: 917-696-6229
ASM Jay Qu: 718-913-8568

Saturday, October 8, 2022
 7:30am Depart Plandome Train Station parking lot 
 12 noon Lunch: bag lunch or stop on the way (bring money)
 1pm Arrive in Boston, free parking at USS Constitution.
Tour USS Constitution museum.
No organized tour given.
Guide materials provided.
Address is Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA 02129
 3pm End museum tour, board USS Constitution
 Evening Dinner and sleep on board USS Constitution 

Sunday, October 9, 2022
 Morning breakfast on board USS Constitution 
 9am Depart USS Constitution
Drive to Boston Common
Park at Boston Common parking garage
Reservations for parking can be made in advance at
Address is Zero Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116
 10:30am Start Freedom Trail tour.
90-minute Walk Into History walking tour departs from the Boston Common Visitor Information Plaza (139 Tremont Street) to Faneuil Hall.
PLEASE NOTE: Guide(s) will meet us outside in the Plaza area.
Freedom Trail info available at 
 12 noon End Freedom Trail tour
Free time in Boston (additional tours, Quincy Market, etc.)
 3pm Arrive Camp Sayre, 411 Unquity Rd, Milton, MA 02186
Self-serve check in, no Ranger on duty.
Park in upper parking lot and hike to campsite behind Cabin #3. (Map will be posted on website)
 Evening Dinner to be confirmed
Camp out

Monday, October 10, 2022
Morning - wake up, break camp and return to Manhasset

Notes and Open Items
  1. All attendees must RSVP via Scoutbook. If you are bringing anyone who is not reflected in the calendar entry, please email Tim Katsoulis directly so we can keep count for reservation purposes.
  2. Permission/waiver slips must be collected for all attendees. Please bring them to the meeting next Thursday or drop them off at my house 579 Hunt Lane. They can be found in the calendar entry in Scoutbook or here:
  3. Every adult going on the trip must have a valid YPT training on file with Tim Katsoulis. If you haven't done YPT in the last 2 years, please go here to take the training: and email Tim Katsoulis your final completion certificate. If you don’t complete YPT before the trip, you cannot go.
  4. Anyone who is driving - please email Tim Katsoulis your name, license plate number, make and model of the car ASAP. ALSO - please go to the link above and make a reservation for a parking space at Boston Common.
  5. Cost per person will be calculated once plans are finalized and fees can either be Venmoed to the troop or bring a check to the next meeting.  We are estimating about $75 per person. If your Scout is going alone, please make sure to send him with money for lunches plus a contribution for their driver’s gas and tolls.
  6. The Troop will sleep on board the USS Constitution below deck in a space that will have open windows.  Therefore, it will be cold. The Troop will be camping on Sunday night, so regular camping equipment (bag, pad, tent, warm clothing etc) will be necessary. Tent pairings can be made at our next meeting. Please remember that there should be no more than 2 Scouts per tent and Scouts should not tent with their parent.
Please let Tim Katsoulis know if you have any questions.