Scouts that participate in educational programs and or volunteer service projects at national park sites can:
Patch Requirements include:
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!
1.776 km Young Patriots Fun Run
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.
Photo courtesy of Nicky Decorte
Join the Continental Army
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 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?
Port Kennedy Cave, located in what is now Valley Forge NHP, produced one of the most significant assemblages of Pleistocene fossils in North America. 14 plants and 48 animals are represented, including wolverine, Wheatley's ground sloth, long-nosed peccary, Hay's tapir, and lesser short-faced bear. More...