Youth Commission Tours Northeast

For most of us a field trip in school was a day at the park or the beach or a fire station. But students on the Chatham County Youth Commission spent this week on a whirlwind tour of Washington, DC, New York, and Philadelphia.

The real journey of the youth commission started at midnight on Sunday, loading the bus at the civic center, and ten hours later, pulling into Washington, DC.

The first stop was the Museum of American History. "I have heard a lot about this place, but I have never been here before," said youth commissioner LeShea Newton. "Being as it is American history and I don't know too much about it, like I should, I wanted to come and see things they had."

From the Lincoln memorial, to the Vietnam Veteran's memorial to Arlington National Cemetery, the National Zoo, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and even the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, the kids thought they'd seen it all.

Until New York City, where the trip started with something unexpected. Winds were gusting up to 43 miles per hour and it felt like -4 degrees.

So bundled up, the group paid their respects to the men and women who died during the 9/11 attacks, staring at the rubble and trying to see through the snow at what is being rebuilt. "I see what the terrorists did and how much impact it had on America and how much materials are here and in the building and what a catastrophe it was," said Akhil Anumalu.

Even with the blizzard conditions, and a few snowball fights, the group made it to the USS Intrepid and survived through the night to make it on the CBS Early Show.

"I'm 17 years old and I'm not even legal and I've done more things than many full-grown adults can say they've done," said youth commissioner Ashely Jackson.

Sightseeing was only part of the trip. The youth commission went on to take part in the National Association of Counties. Click here for that story.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro,