Junior RangerCome to the Battlefield Visitors Center and ask a Park Ranger for a Junior Ranger Book and pencil. You can explore the history of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in the Visitor Center and the park. The Junior Ranger book is divided into two parts based on age. You are never too old to be a Junior Ranger! Plan to spend 30 minutes - 1 hour on the activity, depending on age.
Kids who are under 10 years old will complete the activites marked with the British flag.
Kids who are 10 years or older will complete the activities marked with the Guilford Militia flag.
Boy Scouts of America - Guilford Courthouse Historic Trail AwardThe Guilford Courthouse Historic Trail Award (GCHT) is an official program sponsored by the Old North State Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) of Greensboro, North Carolina in cooperation with the National Park Service. Upon completion of the requirements of the Award, the scout is entitled to receive a colorful, embroidered patch and ribbon with pendant medal. This BSA Program was established following the bicentennial observance of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in 1981.
How to Earn the AwardScouts earn the GCHT award by hiking the two parts of the six and one-half mile trail and completing a sheet of questions about the history of the park. The first part of the trail begins at the Lake Brandt Marina on Lake Brandt Road. This part, called the Nat Greene Trail, is four miles, running first west, then south to Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
The second part is two and one-half miles of trails. Scouts will find answers to their question sheets in the visitor center and along the trail route on monuments, signs, and wayside exhibits. It takes about four hours to complete the requirements.
NOTE: Cub Scouts are able to participate in the Guilford Courthouse Historic Trail Award, too. However, Cubs are eligible for only the patch by completing a scavenger hunt and hiking the park’s two and one-half mile trail route only.
Be Advised...Please ensure that each scout has a pencil and clipboard or hard covered book. We ask that you do not allow scouts to use the wall panels inside the exhibit area to write their answers because it leaves permanent indentations. The GCHT question sheets are validated at the park visitor center any time during park hours (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Sunday).
The completed and stamped sheets are then turned in to the Old North State Council Headquarters by the Troop Leader for grading and to purchase the patch and medal.
To obtain question sheets, medals and patches, and further information on the GCHT, contact Old North State Council Headquarters, BSA at (336) 378-9166 or visit their office at 1405 Westover Terrace, Greensboro NC 27408.
Last updated: July 21, 2019