Pilgrimage to Valley Forge

The Tradition Continues!

2020 Pilgrimage to Valley Forge

This is the 108th Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA, Pilgrimage

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

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 day-long Pilgrimage After the Wreath Laying spend the day in the park with your family, or Scout unit and discover the history of the park in winter. Visit the Artillery Park, Washington’s Headquarters, Washington Memorial Chapel, Muhlenberg Brigade, the Visitor Center, and more. Earn the Valley Forge Trail Medal got to colbsa.org/historical-trails and order your booklet to complete the trail. Open to anyone involved in scouting as well as their families.

Possible activities to participate in during the day.

One of the trails at the park is the Joseph Martin Plumb Trail that goes from the Arch to the lower visitors’ parking lot that has many memorials and historical markers. https://goo.gl/maps/3uZeQA78RdT2

Scouts and adults can also earn the Valley Forge Trails Award Program that is available at the Visitor Center.  Another opportunity at the park is the National Park Service’s  Resource Steward Scout Ranger Certificate(5hrs) or Patch(10hrs).  Information on the Resource Steward Scout Program is available at the Visitor Center or by visiting the Valley Forge Website.  https://www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/resourcestewardship.htm

A final option for Scouts is to earn requirements for merit badges.  Here are the merit badges requirements Scouts can complete while visiting the park. https://www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/upload/BSA-MB-Requirements-at-Valley-Forge_Final.pdf

Pilgrimage to Valley Forge – February 15th 2020

Day Event, after wreath-laying ceremony

Valley Forge National Historical Park

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Pilgrimage to Valley Forge – February 15, 2020

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