• Fort Necessity (NPS photo by Debbie Martinez)

    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania

Programs for Scouts

Group reservations, including scouting programs, are made with the park's Education Specialist. Contact Jane Clark at 724-329-8124 (M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), or e-mail us to request information or reservations.
 
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Scouts working on the Archaeology Merit Badge.

Archaeology Merit Badge

Program Length: about 4-5 hours

This program meets the requirements of the BSA Archaeology merit badge. The scouts will have a great time learning Archaeology, participating in a mock dig, making a soldier's musket cartridge and studying the French and Indian War soldiers. There is a merit badge counselor on staff to sign the boys' blue cards. (Badges are the responsibility of the troop.)

It is suggested that the scouts do either requirement 4a or requirement 4b before arriving. They will do requirement 4c at Fort Necessity. Likewise it is suggested the scouts complete requirement 5. Follow the links below to learn about some archaeological site in the United States.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Mount Washington Tavern at Fort Necessity, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Chota Cherokee Town

Reservations are required. For the first 1-10 scouts there is a $50 fee, then for each additional scout there is a $5 per scout program fee. Adults - 16 and over - pay the $5 park entrance fee.

 
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Boy scouts working on the Indian Lore merit badge.

Indian Lore Merit Badge

Program Length: about 3 hours

This program meets the requirements of the BSA Indian Lore merit badge. The scouts will have a great time learning American Indian games, seeing museum artifacts and exploring the life of 1750s American Indians in western Pennsylvania. There is a merit badge counselor on staff to sign the boys' blue cards. (Badges are the responsibility of the troop.)

Reservations are required. For the first 1-10 scouts there is a $50 fee, then for each additional scout there is a $5 per scout program fee. Adults - 16 and over - pay the $5 park entrance fee.
Click here for detailed program information

 
Fort Necessity Learning to be a Leader patch

George Washington Learning to be a Leader – Historic Patch Program

Program length: 3 hours

This program was developed by the National Park Service in cooperation with the Westmoreland-Fayette Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The requirements are designed to help Scouts gain experience and an understanding of the qualities of leadership. The boys and their leader read text, answer questions, and participate in self guided activities all contained in one booklet.

The program themes are leadership and stewardship. As the scouts work through the activities to earn "George Washington Learning to be a Leader" patch, they find how young George Washington learned lessons which he used throughout his lifetime as a general and as our first president.

One booklet per scout and one leader's booklet per group will be provided.

The program is free, however, reservations are helpful. The park entrance fee of $5 ea. applies to all person age 16 and older. Upon completion the scouts may purchase the "George Washington Learning to be a Leader" patch through the Westmoreland-Fayette Council.

 
Listening to the past try-it patch

Brownie - Try-it "Listening to the Past" Badge

Program length: about 1 ½ hours

The girls will have a great time as they visit the historic stagecoach stop on the old National Road - the Mount Washington Tavern. They will participate in a guided tour and a special program where they learn games from the past and dress up to act out a scene from the National Road. Each Girl Scout will receive a booklet with two stories from the past and learn interesting facts to complete the "If These Buildings Could Talk" requirement. By the end of the program they will have completed what they need for the badge. (Badges are the responsibility of the troop.) Make sure to leave some time to visit Fort Necessity, walk through our museum exhibits and see our 20 minute orientation film.

Reservations are required. The program is offered on weekends. A program fee of $20.00 is charged for the first ten girls with each additional girl being $2.00. Adults (16 yrs and older) must also pay $5.00 per person entrance fee.

 
Tiger Cub

Tiger Cub - Go See IT
"American Indian Family Life in the 1750s"

Program length: 45 minutes

Tiger Cubs will fulfill Go See IT #1G after completing the program

The boys learn about many aspects of traditional Indian family life including what they ate, where they lived and how they dressed. The boys also participate in making a wampum bracelet.

Reservations are required. The program is offered on weekends. A program fee of $20.00 is charged for the first ten boys. Each additional boy is $2.00. Adults (age 16 and older) pay the $5.00 per person park entrance fee.

Did You Know?

Map of National Road

The National Road was the first highway built entirely with federal funds. Authorized by Congress in 1806, construction began in Cumberland, Maryland in 1811. The road reached Vandalia, Illinois in 1838. Learn more at the Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive Center. More...