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Government shutdown stops boy scouts Air Force Museum visit

The National Museum of the United States Air Force closed down Saturday, January 20 as a result of a government shutdown. (WKEF/WRGT)

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- An Indiana boy scout troop was in the Miami Valley over the weekend, hoping to go to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sunday.

There's just one problem, it's closed.

The museum posted on its website that it will be closed until further notice due to the government shutdown.

Fox 45 spoke with some of those scouts who hope the shutdown ends soon.

The scouts came from Muncie, Indiana for an important two day trip.

As part of their scout rank advancement, they planned to go to the Air Force Museum.

"This morning my dad told me the Air Force building might not be open tomorrow like because of a government shutdown or something and I'm like oh no," said Boy Scout Gregory Gaydos on Saturday afternoon.

The boy scouts were at John Bryan State Park working on their merit badges by camping and hiking.

"We recently took a really long, long hike I believe it was around six miles and it was down in the gorge," said Gaydos.

"Every year we try to come over and hike Clifton Gorge and we call this Winter Bush Wack Hike." said Scout Master Troop 22 Tim Underhill.

Some were also working on their citizenship merit badges which includes visiting a national historic spot, this year it was supposed to be the Air Force Museum.

"I've got a lot of disappointed scouts who are counting on visiting the museum" said Underhill.

There were seven scouts on the camping trip. They've all been to the Air Force Museum before, still they were really looking forward to going again.

"They refresh it every single year, it's so cool. I've been twice and every time I go, there's something new to see. You can't see the whole museum in one day," said Boy Scout Cooper Sprague.

"They've got tons of cool planes. I love the WWII section so I'm kind of feeling sad," said Gaydos.

The scouts slept in their tents tonight hoping something would change by morning.

"They're going to get up and see if the government is back and then if it's not, if the government hasn't fixed itself then we're going to go home and there's really not much else to do," said Sprague on day one of the shutdown.

The scout master said the scouts really enjoy being outdoors hiking , camping, cooking out and sitting around the campfire telling stories. He said if they don't get to go to the Air Force Museum, he'll probably be more disappointed than they will.

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