8th Grade Washington DC Trip

8th Grade Washington DC Trip

Basic Information

8th Grade Washington DC Trip 2020


Basic Information


Trip Dates – Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – Saturday, May 16, 2020

Trip Cost – $685 or $710.  Whether the cost is $685 or $710 depends on the number of students per bus.  If there are approximately 35 students or more on all buses the cost is $685, if there are fewer than 35 on any of the buses the price will be $710. For example, if we have 101-104 students we will need three buses, but they will not all have 35 or more students so we would pay the higher price.

Last payment – Due by Monday, March 16, 2018. Please do not pay over $685 until the final price is determined. Pay up to the $685 and when we know the final price you can pay the extra $25 if the buses are not “full” at that time. This avoids the need for any refunds.

Registration Deadline- Monday, March 16, 2020 (Full payment is due that day.)

Payment Information- $200.00 deposit due at the time of registration. Payment due dates are on the registration page.


1.    How do I register my child for this trip?   Register online at Registration and click on the green “select” tab and it will guide you through the registration and payment process. Please read the Trip Protection information. 

2.    What does the cost include?

The trip cost includes everything except the first meal on the way (probably at a food court or fast food restaurants) and souvenirs.   Students will be given $10 cash for lunch and dinner at a food court on Saturday and $15 at the Capitol Café on Friday. On the way home, students will receive $10 to eat at a food court or travel mall. This will be close to the amount needed to get a typical meal at these restaurants, so students might want a little extra just in case. I would think that $20 or so would cover it. Breakfast will be all you can eat at the hotel all three mornings. Dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings will be all you can eat. 

3.    What are some of the activities included in the trip?

There is a tentative itinerary below

4.    What chaperones are planning on going?

Mr. Creviston, Mr. Matchett, Mrs. Johnson will be chaperoning the trip.  We will add staff chaperones as needed based on the total number of students traveling. We will also have a Trip Advisor from Martin School Travel to help with tickets and logistics as needed who will travel with us.  A Licensed Washington D.C. tour guide will lead us, where appropriate, to provide information about tour stops. A security guard will be present on the hotel floor from 10:00 pm until 6:00 am both nights.

    If I have questions, who do I contact?

Please contact Mr. Creviston by email.  His e-mail is rcreviston@bloomcarroll.org   If you are unable to e-mail him you can call the main office at 740-756-9231 and leave a message.

5.    Will there be a meeting to learn more?

There will be an optional parent meeting for anyone interested in getting information on Wednesday, 9/25 at 6:00pm in the Middle School Auditorium.

*Please contact me if your child has food allergies so that we can create a plan.


Washington DC Itinerary (Subject to change both before and during the trip.)


Wednesday May 13, 2020

1:00pm Buses Arrive at School

1:30pm Depart for Washington DC

Dinner En Route TBD (student expense)

4:30-5:30pm Dinner Stop at KFC/McDonalds I 70 E Exit 43

865 Rostraver Road Belle Vernon PA 724-929-4148

9:15pm Approximate Arrival to HotelThursday May 16, 2019


Thursday May 14, 2020

6:45am Breakfast at Hotel

7:15am Depart for Arlington National Cemetery (Pending Arrival Time Night Before)

8:00am Arlington National Cemetery; Tomb of the Unknown Solider, Kennedy

Gravesite- Iwo Jima Memorial Licensed DC Guide

September 11th Pentagon Memorial

10:15am White House Visitor Center OR Bureau of Printing and Engraving TBD

(subject to availability)

11:40am 12:40pm Lunch at Agricultural Building ($10)

1:00-3:00pm Holocaust Museum; Permanent Exhibition (subject to availability)

3:00-6:00pm Guided Walking Tour: Washington Monument, WWII, Lincoln Memorial, Korea and

Vietnam Memorials, Kennedy Center-Terrace View Licensed DC Guide

6:45-7:45pm Dinner at Magill’s Famous Buffet

8:30pm Return to Hotel


Friday May 15, 2020

7:00am Breakfast at the Hotel

8:00am Depart for Washington D.C.

9:00am Arrive at U.S. Capitol

9:30am US Supreme Court (Exterior)

10:00am Library of Congress (Enter at US Capitol Visitor Center-Tour Interior)

11:00am-12:00pm US Capitol Tour (subject to availability)

11:45-12:45pm Lunch at Capitol Café ($15)

1:30-4:30pm Smithsonian Institute: Natural History and American History

4:45pm National Archives; Holds records for the United States Federal Government

5:30pm White House Photo Stop and Free Time at Lafayette Park

6:00-7:00pm Dinner at Sizzling Express

7:15-9:00pm Guided Walking Tour to include: Jefferson, MLK and FDR – Licensed DC 


9:00pm Return to Hotel

6:45am Breakfast at Hotel

7:30am Depart for Arlington National Cemetery

8:30am Arlington National Cemetery; Tomb of the Unknown Solider, Kennedy Gravesite- Licensed DC Guide

Iwo Jima Memorial

September 11th Pentagon Memorial

11:30pm Lunch at Reagan International Trade Building (Meal Voucher)

1:00pm Newseum; Interactive museum to experience stories of yesterday and today

3:00-6:00pm Guided Walking Tour to include: Washington Monument, WW II, Lincoln, Korea and Vietnam Memorials – Licensed DC Guide 

6:45-7:45pm Dinner at Sizzling Express

8:30pm Check into Hotel, TBD


Saturday May 16, 2020

6:30am Breakfast at the Hotel

7:15am Load luggage on the bus

7:30am Depart from the Hotel

8:00- 10:45am George Washington’s Mount Vernon Mansion Tour: Free Time on Grounds.

11:30pm Lunch at Reagan Building of International Trade (voucher)

12:45pm Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House or Smithsonian of African American History and Culture

3:00pm Depart for Home

6:30-7:30pm Dinner Stop at New Stanton, PA Subway, Wendy’s and McDonalds ($10)

210 N Center Ave, New Stanton PA 15672/ 724-925-8515

11:00pm Arrive at School














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