Troy and Dillon are teaching some of the children raised on the Galactica about what they can expect on Earth if and when they get to go there. But when their vessel is attacked by the Cylons, they escape. But because they can't make it back to the Galactica, they decide to land on Earth. So they try to make the children appear to be like children on Earth. They dress them as scouts and Troy and Dillon pretend to be scout masters. Their landing is detected by the Air Force, so a Colonel shows up to investigate. Written by
Did You Know?
During the attack on the Gemeni freighter (aka the schooling ship) one of the Cylon attack craft is actually the newer-advanced ship design used in the later episode, "Night the Cylons Landed". The scene featuring the attack sequence is used twice from one angle and then reversed in another angle. It last about 4 seconds each time. See more
The shuttle full of schoolchildren doesn't "have enough fuel" to reach the fleet. Space doesn't have friction that would slow the shuttle down if they shut off the engines and coasted. See more