• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

For Kids

Scouts Ranger Patch
Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Patch
Scouts that participate in educational programs and or volunteer service projects at national park sites can:
  • Gain a better understanding of the National Park Service mission and conserving the nation's natural, cultural and historic resources.
  • Explore the national parks.
  • Practice good citizenship and kindness.
In recognition of resource stewardship activities, Scouts are awarded patches for their participation.
Patch Requirements include:

  • Take part in organized educational programs or volunteer service projects for a minimum of ten (10) hours at one or more national park sites.
  • Scouts will be awarded a patch upon reporting their completion of the program requirements to the park's Volunteer Program Manager.
  • Scouts are encouraged to share their experience by sending an email and photographs to npsyouthprograms@nps.gov.
  • Scouts are also encouraged to submit a short narrative to the BSA Good Turn for America website describing their participation and lessons learned.
The Scout Ranger program is cooperative effort between the National Park Service and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It is a component of the BSA umbrella initiative, Good Turn for America, which encourages young people to "Do a Good Turn Daily" (special thoughtful acts of kindness), help other people and participate in community service projects.

Email us to learn more.

 
Junior Ranger Day patch
National Junior Ranger Day
2015 date to be announced!

National Junior Ranger Day is an annual event held in many of our nation's national parks and occurs during National Park Week each April. On Junior Ranger Day kids can participate in a variety of hands-on activities, games, and art projects to learn more about Valley Forge's rich cultural history and natural resources. Programs will be ongoing from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a graduation ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Visitor Center. New Junior Rangers will take the Junior Ranger Oath and receive their official Junior Ranger Badge!
 
Silhouette of a young boy running and wearing a tricorn hat with the American flag as a background.

1.776 km Young Patriots Fun Run
2015 date to be announced!

During the Annual Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run ®, children ages 6-14 can get active and participate in a 1.776 kilometer (approx. 1 mile) fun run. All registrants will receive a t-shirt, certificate of participation in the race (times will be posted online), and a commemorative medal. Parents may run alongside their children, however no strollers or dogs are permitted on the course.

All race proceeds go back to Valley Forge National Historical Park.

 
A Continental Soldier shows a young boy how to carry a musket

Photo courtesy of Nicky Decorte

Join the Continental Army
11 a.m. | First Saturday of each month, January-April and on Presidents Day

Children are invited to Join the Continental Army and experience a day in the life of the continental soldier. Recruits will be mustered, or registered, by receiving enlistment papers and continental currency. Recruits will then be issued wooden (dummy) muskets and learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington's soldiers would have done. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill.

 
PECO Podcast Through History
PECO Podcast Through History

PECO and Valley Forge teamed up to present a series of video podcasts that teach the story of the winter encampment of the Continental Army at Valley Forge in 1777-78. Meet historical characters from the American Revolution including General George and Martha Washington, Private Joseph Plumb Martin, General Baron von Steuben, the Marquis de Lafayette and more.

 

Did You Know?

White hut with green background representing the Friends logo

Valley Forge has an active Friends group that advocates for the Park & serves as a voice for the community to the Park. The Friends of Valley Forge is actively raising an army of support by enlisting individuals and businesses to preserve the past, conserve for the future, and enjoy the Park today.