• Poplar Grove National Cemetery Luminary Event (photo courtesy of Joanne Williams)

    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

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  • No Parking Available in the Eastern Front Unit August 2

    Free shuttle service will transport all visitors to and from the Eastern Front Unit on August 2 during 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater events. Shuttles will depart from the Farmer's Market located at 9 Old St. in Old Towne Petersburg.

  • Eastern Front Unit Trails Closed to Horse Traffic on August 2

    Those who would like to ride horses at the park on Aug. 2 are encouraged to use the trails at Five Forks in Dinwiddie County as other trails will be closed to horses that day while the park commemorates the 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater.

Scouting Programs

Stewardship Patches

Stewardship Patches

NPS

Petersburg National Battlefield offers numerous programs for scouts of all ages. Our newest program is the Resource Stewardship Program.

Boy Scout Ranger Program

How Scouts Earn a Certificate or Patch

Boy Scouts are awarded a certificate and/or patch to recognize their resource stewardship activities.

Certificate Requirements:
1) Take part in organized educational programs or volunteer service projects for a minimum of five (5) hours at one or more national park sites.
2) Upon completion of the program requirements the certificate can be downloaded here by the Scouts or troop leaders and requires no further action by the park. Use of the certificate is on the honor system, as the certificate should only be downloaded after contributing five hours to a project.
3) Scouts are encouraged to share their experience by sending an email and photographs.
4) Scouts are also encouraged to submit a short narrative to the BSA Good Turn for America website describing their participation and lessons learned.

Patch Requirements:
1) Take part in organized educational programs or volunteer service projects for a minimum of ten (10) hours at one or more national park sites.
2) Scouts will be awarded a patch upon verbally reporting their completion of the program requirements to an NPS employee or volunteer at a visitor center or information center.
3) Scouts are encouraged to share their experience by sending an email and photographs.
4) Scouts are also encouraged to submit a short narrative to the BSA Good Turn for America website describing their participation and lessons learned.

Girl Scout Ranger Program

How to Earn a Certificate or Patch

Girl Scouts can earn a certificate or patch by participating in educational, volunteer service or action projects for a specified number of hours at any national park site across the country. Girls can earn both a certificate and patch. Daisy (grades K-1) through Ambassador (grades 11-12) Girl Scouts are eligible to participate in the program. For more information on qualifying organized educational, volunteer service or action projects see the next section.

How to earn a certificate:
Participate in organized educational programs, volunteer service or action projects for a minimum of five (5) hours at one or more national park sites.

After completing the program, send a short email sharing what you learned and then download the Girl Scout Ranger certificate here. Use of the certificate is on the honor system, as the certificate should only be downloaded after contributing five hours to a project.

How to earn a patch:
Participate in organized educational programs, volunteer service or action projects for a minimum of ten (10) hours at one or more national park sites. Girl Scouts will be awarded a patch upon verbally reporting their completion of the program requirements to an NPS employee at a visitor center or information center. If you would like, you can also share your experience by sending an email to us.

 
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BSA Timeless Values

BSA

Other Scouting Activities

Petersburg National Battlefield plays host to a diverse number of inhabitants and ecosystems. Located between the Atlantic Coastal plain and the Piedmont region of Western Virginia, Petersburg National Battlefield’s 2,659 acres varies from the wetlands of Hatcher's run at the Five Forks Battlefield to the combination of mixed hardwood/pine forests and open fields that encompass the park’s Eastern Front. City Point, a 22 acre unit at the confluence of the Appomattox and James Rivers, provides yet another uniquely beautiful asset to Petersburg National Battlefield. This allows us to be able to offer the following Belt Loops, Activity Pins and Merit badges to scouts.

Belt Loops
Map and Compass
Photography
Wildlife Conservation

Activity Pins
Forester
Naturalist

Merit Badges
Environmental Science
Forestry
Genealogy
Nature
Photography
Soil and Water Conservation
Surveying
Astronomy

Petersburg National Battlefield also offers a BSA Historic Trail Patch for those scouts that complete the hike. The requirements for the hike can be found here.

For more information or to schedule your pack, den or troop for one of the activities listed above, contact our Education Specialist.

Did You Know?

Alfred Waud

The only contemporary visual evidence of the Battle of Five Forks was drawn by artist Alfred Waud. (Five Forks is a unit of Petersburg National Battlefield)