Plans are being finalized for the transport of thousands of Scouts from all over the country to the site of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.
Troops plan stops along the way for educational or other fun activities - like visiting museums, amusement parks and monuments - as a break from hours-long bus rides.
But when the jamboree is in a troop's backyard, it seems as though that travel time - and the fun stops along the way - would be unnecessary.
That's not the case with the Buckskin Council.
"We want to make sure they have a similar Jamboree like Scouts all across the country would enjoy," said Jeff Purdy, the Scout executive for the Buckskin Council. "Not only do you get to learn through these activities, but you create bonds."
Because they won't have the experience of traveling, Buckskin Council Scouts will instead take a trip to the nation's capital in the days leading up to the jamboree.
"I know it's going out of our way up to D.C., but it's an important part of the experience," Purdy said.
Purdy, who grew up in west central Illinois, remembers his trip to Pennsylvania for the 1977 Jamboree.
"My Jamboree troop stopped at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Air Force museum in Dayton, Ohio, the next day. The next day was the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio," Purdy said.
"It's very traditional for Boy Scout councils. Traveling to the jamboree is just as much a part of lifetime memories the Scouts will get as the Jamboree itself."
Scouts will leave Friday, July 12, for Washington, D.C., and spend the weekend touring before the Jamboree begins on Monday, July 15.
Purdy said the groups' potential plans include visiting Ford's Theatre, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Washington and Lincoln monuments, touring the Capitol, the Arlington National Cemetery and more.