Since 2001, Fort Ticonderoga has hosted four Boy Scout Camporees with the Twin Rivers Council of eastern/northern New York. The first, in the fall of 2001, brought more individuals in uniform to the site than at any other time since the end of the American Revolution.
Fort Ticonderoga has a long history of working with scouting groups. As a Boy Scout in June 1976, I remember taking part in a Camporee at Fort Ticonderoga as part of the United States Bicentennial. We were encamped on the lower field beneath the south walls of the Fort, where cows grazed to keep down the brush.
This year, Fort Ticonderoga has unveiled new programs geared specifically for visiting scout groups. In “Planting the Tree of Liberty: The Beginnings of the Continental Army at Fort Ticonderoga,” scouts are immersed in the daily routine of the Continental soldiers garrisoning Fort Ticonderoga in the weeks after the capture of the Fort by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold in 1775. The scouts form a platoon of soldiers, learning teamwork and discipline as they undergo a typical day in the life of soldiers. They learn about the training used to prepare soldiers to meet a powerful enemy, what soldiers ate, where they slept, and experience the confusion of battle.
The program includes a musket demonstration, practicing formation tactics, working on fatigue duty alongside the Fort’s Interpretive staff, and working with tools under supervision to construct a brush shelter.
Fort Ticonderoga is also about to announce a new scout “fun patch” program. Scout groups can take a self-guided “Boy Scout Discovery Tour.” The tour makes connections between elements of the Scout Law and Fort Ticonderoga’s history, using various museum exhibits and clues on the historic landscape to help scouts answer a series of questions. Successfully completed forms can be submitted to Fort Ticonderoga for a specially-designed “fun patch” available only to Scouts participating in this program. A “fun patch” is not an official scout-issued patch; these patches are collected by scouts.
Scouting groups are an important component for our education programs, and we will continue to expand our offerings. In the coming months we will focus on creating a program geared for Girl Scouts.
If you have a child involved in scouting, or know of someone who is, please let them know about these new programs available at Fort Ticonderoga. You can learn more by visiting the Scouting page on our website.
Director of Education