Pilgrimage & Encampment

The Tradition Continues!

2018 Pilgrimage and Encampment

This is the 106th Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA, Pilgrimage & Encampment

This is the longest, continuous Scouting event in the world!

Honoring “The Enlisted Soldier”

An annual Scouting Event to experience the historical significance of the American Revolution and honor George Washington’s Continental Army’s Winter Encampments.

Cradle of Liberty Council celebrates George Washington and his troops in three ways:

With a wreath-laying ceremony at the Valley Forge National Historical Park (VFNHP) on the Saturday of President’s weekend, Scouts and Scouters will gather to honor General George Washington and his soldiers at the Valley Forge National Memorial Arch. The program will consist of a brief presentation followed by the wreath laying. The event will be free for participants and staff. A special patch commemorating this auspicious occasion, will be available at the council office and online.With a wreath-laying ceremony at the Valley Forge National Historical Park (VFNHP) on the Saturday of President’s weekend, Scouts and Scouters will gather to honor General George Washington and his soldiers at the Valley Forge National Memorial Arch. The program will consist of a brief presentation followed by the wreath laying. The event will be free for participants and staff. A special patch commemorating this auspicious occasion, will be available at the council office and online.

A weekend Encampment for Scouts, Troops and Venturing Scouts to get a taste of what it was like for Washington’s men to camp in the winter, where conditions ranged from cold and snowy, to warm and muddy.  The Encampment is intended to provide an extended outdoor winter experience to a large group, where the associated risks are minimized.

A day-long Pilgrimage program focused on the historical significance of General George Washington’s Continental Army and our country’s struggle for independence, with a round-robin of program features, The pilgrimage is open to anyone involved in scouting as well as their families.

Wreath-laying Ceremony – February 17, 2018

8am to 11am at the Memorial Arch

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Encampment – March 9-11, 2018

Weekend Event, includes the Pilgrimage

Valley Forge Military Academy

Pilgrimage – March 10

Day Event, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Approx.)

Valley Forge Military Academy

For directions and additional information click on Documents

Wreath-laying Ceremony – February 17, 2018

Free event – a $5 Commemorative Patch will be available

Encampment – March 9-11, 2018

$20.00 per person includes Pilgrimage – if before 2/12/18 then $23.00 AFTER 2/12/18

Pilgrimage – March 10

$15.00 per person – if before 2/12/18 then $18.00 AFTER 2/12/18

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