Pack 789 Mormon Museum
June 9, 2014
Pack 789 Visits the Mormon Battalion Museum in San Diego
To kickoff the Summertime Pack Award, Pack 789’s June activity was a visit to the Mormon Battalion Museum in Old Town San Diego. Pack 789 is chartered by the Mission Lake Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The trip began with a visit to the Mormon Battalion marker in Sycamore Park in Mission Viejo. The boys learned that the Battalion marched from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1848, walking right through our own area. While in the park, the boys completed the requirement for the Map & Compass Belt Loop.
We traveled by car to Old Town San Diego and arrived at the museum. The boys watched a video about the Battalion and went through several rooms that had presentation about the march from Council Bluffs, IA to San Diego, CA to make a wagon trail from Santa Fe, NM to San Diego for the military as they fought the War with Mexico. The 2,000-mile march was one of the longest in military history. They had learned about how some Battalion members were involved with the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill. The boys were able to pan for gold.
Following the museum visit, the Pack hiked through Old Town San Diego, where the Battalion helped the locals build the settlement. The hike continued up the nearby hills to the Presido, where they ate lunch and some playtime. The Pack members completed the requirements to earn the Mormon Battalion Trail Award.