Are you one of the 20+ million people who plan to visit DC this year? You can find my family there again this year. I am blessed to have family in the area and have been able to visit several times. There is so much to do in DC that no matter how many times we go, there is always something new. Among our top things we have done included the Washington Monument at night, watching Fourth of July fireworks from Iwo Jima, the American History Museum “Star Spangled Banner” display, and the changing of the guards at Arlington National Cemetery
Not only it is a must see location, full of history it is also a great place to work on American Heritage Girl Badges. Now that Lily is a Pioneer there are several locations that we hope to visit this year to work on merit badge requirements. Here is a list of the requirements we plan to work on during this summer’s visit.
- Citizenship & Government #25 (Visit DC landmarks – there are too many to list)
- Dawn of Our Country #27 (a historic site – there are too many to list)
- Dawn of Our Country #28 (Woodrow Wilson’s House or Lincoln’s summer cottage)
- Dawn of Our Country #30 (National Archives)
- Freedom Heroes #27 (Arlington National Cemetery)
- Special Delivery #18 (National Postal Museum)
Freedom’s Heroes Requirement #12 can also be completed while in the DC area with a trip to Arlington National Cemetery to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
NOTE: The requirements have been greatly simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.