2023 Pilgrimage & Encampment
Celebrating it’s 111th year, this annual event that honors the sacrifice of George Washington and the Continental Army, is the longest-running, continuous Scouting event in the world!
You can participate in two ways:
WREATH – LAYING CEREMONY
FEBRUARY 18TH, 2023 – 9-10AM
MEMORIAL ARCH – VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Scouts and Scouters will gather to honor General George Washington and his soldiers at the Valley Forge National Historical Park.
The event will be free for participants and staff.
After the Wreath Laying, spend the day in the park and discover the history of the park in winter. To earn the Valley Forge Trail Medal, go to colbsa.org/historical-trails and order your booklet to complete the trail
Place: The Arch at Valley Forge national Historic Park Intersection of Outer Line Drive and Gulf Rd.
Arrival: 8:30 AM
Parking: Outer Line Drive behind the Arch
Program: 9:00 AM – 45 minute program to commemorate the ” Longest Continuous Scouting event known in the World.” A Wreath Laying ceremony will be part of the program to honor the founders of the Pilgrimage.
Cost: Free – No registration needed
Dress: Dress for outdoor cold weather conditions
Other programs: Enjoy the day at the park with all available programs offered by the Ranger staff
ENCAMPMENT Weekend & day-long PILGRIMAGE
MARCH 10-12th, 2023
FORT WASHINGTON STATE PARK
Returning at a new location that is historically significant to the American Revolution, we are excited to take the P&E to Fort Washington State Park.
ENCAMPMENT Portion – Troops, Crews, and Ships are invited to join us for a winter camping weekend to experience the hardships faced by the Continental Army in the winter of 1777-1778.
PILGRIMAGE Portion – All Scouts are invited to join us to participate in hands-on activities that help connect Scouts with life in the 1700’s and what it was like to be a Continental soldier during the fight for independence.