By Lars Dalseide | September 30 2012 09:16

New Jersey teens arrive in dress whites to tour NRA Museum

Sea Cadets and League Cadets pose outside NRA Headquarters in Northern Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Yesterday, Saturday the 29th of September, marked the arrival of some very important guests at the National Rifle Association. Straight from the docks of Lawrenceville, New Jersey came the John T. Dempster Jr. Division of the Sea Cadets — a nonprofit organization that teaches teenagers teamwork, self-confidence, and leadership.

"The Navy, in its wisdom, decided to create decided to create this organization to give young people what it would be like to be in the Navy," explained Commanding Officer Lt. Michael J. Treacy. "We expect them to do the coursework that's required of them, meet physical fitness standards, possess good moral character and an interest in the ships and sea."

Waylaid by traffic credited to this November's Presidential Campaigns and a bum tour bus (theirs), their visit was filled with a tour of the museum (provided by Senior Curator Doug Wicklund), conservatory labs, the atrium and other prime locations. It was also filled with oohs and aahs and an afternoon serving of pizza.

"This is the best museum ever," said one Cadet. "My dad is going to be so jealous."

After hearing about all the unbelievable activities, events and training they get to do as Sea Cadets (which we'll share later this week), I'm pretty jealous of them.

Sea Cadets gather round a display inside the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia

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