Mahopac Scouts Experience Living History

Members of Boy Scout Troop 371 at the Valley Forge Visitor Center. Credits: David Ames
Troop 371 members meet some of the Revolutionary War re-enactors on the 9-mile Valley Forge hiking trail. Credits: David Ames

VALLEY FORGE, P.A.— Mahopac Boy Scout Troop 371 visited the historic Revolutionary War encampment site at Valley Forge, Penn. last month to experience living history. 

First on Saturday morning, after setting up camp on Friday afternoon, the troop stopped at the Visitor’s Center to view the exhibits and see a video about the events leading up to and the encampment of the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-78.

At the conclusion of the video presentation the troop started out on the Valley Forge Historical Trail, a 9-mile hike through the park. Several re-enactors were encountered by the Scouts on the trail. Three dressed as continental soldiers explained about the various groups that made up the army. One who had a musket showed how to load and fire it. Many historical markers, huts and monuments were also encountered on the hike. 

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Washington’s headquarters provided a view of how the general lived during that winter. The old Valley Forge railroad station (not from the encampment year and no longer active) was converted to a mini museum. A servant at Major General Von Steuben’s house explained about life in the winter of 1777 and his role in training the army.

Toward the end of the hike the Scouts visited the Washington Memorial Chapel.  The troop then returned to camp to prepare dinner.

Another successful educational and camping weekend was had by the Scouts and leaders of Troop 371.

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