Troop 437 Boy Scouts Earn Railroading Merit Badge

Philipstown Boy Scouts (Photo courtesy of Troop 437)

Philipstown Boy Scouts (Photo courtesy of Troop 437)

Boy Scouts in Philipstown Troop 437 recently traveled to Strasburg, Pa., for an overnight trip. The Scouts spent a day earning the Railroading merit badge at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and had the chance to ride an old-fashioned steam train to Paradise, Pa. By earning the badge, Scouts learn about the history of railroading, its place in modern society, hobbies and careers related to railroading.

The trip to the Lancaster area also gave the Scouts a glimpse into Amish culture, where kids their age ride scooters instead of bicycles (because bicycles move too far, too fast), and definitely don’t play video games after school.

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