Programs for Boy Scouts

Welcome Scouts! Fort Necessity offers both guided and self-guided programs for scouts. If you would like more information or if you would like to make a reservation please call 724-329-2013 or email the staff.
 

GEORGE WASHINGTON LEARNING TO BE A LEADER – Historic Patch Program

Program length: 3 hours

 
Fort Necessity Learning to be a Leader patch
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.

At the visitor center each scout can get a booklet and each leader can get a leader's booklet, or you can download and print the scout booklet here and the leader's guide here.

The program is free, however, reservations are helpful. Upon completion the scouts may purchase the "George Washington Learning to be a Leader" patch through the Westmoreland-Fayette Council.

 
Archaeology Merit Badge

ARCHAEOLOGY MERIT BADGE

This guided 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. The program takes about 5 hours.

Prerequisites: There is one prerequisites. The scouts should do all of requirement 4 before arriving (as outlined in the 2018 revision of the merit badge requirements). Follow the links below to learn about some archaeological site in the United States. Remember to be an archaeological sites it was made and used by humans.

 
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Scouts working on the Archaeology Merit Badge.

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

Troops: Dates offered and fees

Due to staffing limitations, this merit badge program is not currently available for troop reservations.

The merit badge program fee is $50 for the first 10 scouts and $5 for each additional scout.

Individual Scouts: Dates offered and fees

The scouts may take this merit badge class either on June 28, 2019 or on July 19, 2019. Both sessions have been filled. The program will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Fort Necessity visitor center and ends at 3:00 p.m.. The scouts should bring a lunch.

Reservations are required. There is a $5 per scout fee for the program that is collected the day of the class. Adults are free.

The staff at Fort Necessity present the programs, but the staff does not supervise the scouts. We ask that scouts under the age of 16 have an adult supervisor. You, or some other adult, are welcome to attend the program with the scout (adults will not be charged), or you can arrange supervision with some other adult attending with their scout.

Reservations

Reservations are required. To make a reservation call 724-329-2013 or email here.

 
Indian Lore Merit Badge
INDIAN LORE MERIT BADGE

This guided 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. The program take about 3 hours.
 
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Boy scouts getting ready to play lacrosse.

Troops: Dates offered and fees

Due to staffing limitations, this merit badge program is not currently available for troop reservations.

The merit badge program fee is $50 for the first 10 scouts and $5 for each additional scout.

Individual Scouts: Dates offered and fees

The scouts may take this merit badge class either on June 18 or on July 25, 2019. The scouts will complete the merit badge by learning about the Seneca Indians in the 1750s. There is a merit badge counselor on staff to sign the boys' blue cards. The program will start at 10:00 at the Fort Necessity visitor center and ends at 2:00. The scouts should bring a lunch. There are no prerequisites.
Reservations are required. There is a $5 per scout fee for the program that is collected the day of the class. Adults are free.
The staff at Fort Necessity present the programs, but the staff does not supervise the scouts. We ask that scouts under the age of 16 have an adult supervisor. You, or some other adult, are welcome to attend the program with the scout (adults will not be charged), or you can arrange supervision with some other adult attending with their scout.

Reservations

Reservations are required. To make a reservation call 724-329-2013 or email here.

 
Scout Ranger Patch with the National Park Service Arrowhead logo and the BSA logo
Scout Ranger Patch
FIND YOUR PARK SCOUT RANGER
Boy Scouts can earn the “National Park Service Scout Ranger” certificate or the "Scout Ranger" patch. Participate in 5 hours of organized education activities and/or volunteer service projects to earn the certificate or 10 hours to earn the patch. Scouts can earn their hours at one park or at several. If you live in Western Pennsylvania there is a National Park not too far away.
For more information on the program go the National Scout Ranger website or contact the park staff.

Last updated: August 14, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Washington Parkway
Farmington, PA 15437

Phone:

(724) 329-5512

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