• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

Trailblazer Program

Trailblazer-2012-Archeology Dig

Workshop participants doing a mock archaeological dig.

NPS Photo

A popular song declares that the "children are our future.Teach them well and let them lead the way".For the fourteenth year, Fort Scott National Historic Site will offer a program designed to build children as the future stewards of the National Park Service who will lead the way throughout much of the 21st century.This popular workshop, known as the Trailblazer Program, will be offered twice this year, from July 22-26, and from August 5-9, with programs running from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon, each of these days.

This workshop will expose young people to the mission that the National Park Service has of caring for the nation's crown jewels. Participants will take part in an archaeological dig, work in the prairie, and gain knowledge of methods used to preserve the buildings and artifacts of the fort. They will learn about living history and interpretation and will work on a play that they will present at the end of the week. Also, there will be green activities that will teach children how to use our resources wisely.

Registration for the workshops begins this week. To register, contact Fort Scott National Historic Site at (620) 223-0310. Participants must be aged 9-12 as of the beginning day of the camp. They will be sent an informational packet after registration is complete. There is no charge for the workshop.Space is limited to 12 people each week; since space is limited, those who are new to the workshop will be given preference over those returning.

Registration is currently filled, the site is taking names for a waitlist.


Did You Know?

Joseph Barnes, Surgeon General 1864-82

Two of Fort Scott's surgeons, William Hammond and Joseph Barnes served as Surgeon Generals during the Civil War. One of them, Joseph Barnes, was attending physician at the deaths of both Presidents Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield and he oversaw the autopsy of President Lincoln. More...