Ticonderoga Fort Ticonderoga plans to welcome Boy Scouts to the historic fortess this fall.
Scout troops are being invited to camp at the fort as part of a new program to begin this fall.
“Imagine your troop being able to garrison Fort Ticonderoga overnight,” said Rich Strum, Fort Ti director of education. “Give your scouts an experience they’ll never forget—a rare chance to spend the night at Fort Ticonderoga.”
A limited number of slots are available in September and October for scouts interested in spending the night in the barracks of the fort.
Scouts will arrive in mid-afternoon and will be thrust into the life of a solider at Ticonderoga in 1775. They’ll participate in the “Planting the Tree of Liberty” program and then have some time to explore the fort and museum before closing time.
“Once the visitors are gone and the fort is secured for the night, scouts will establish their overnight camp, gather firewood, and learn how to start a fire with flint and steel,” said Stuart Lilie, fort director of interpretation. “They will assist with the preparation of the evening meal while learning about 18th-century cooking. After cleanup, fort staff will lead scouts on an evening hike over this historic landscape before they settle in for the night.
“In the morning, scouts again help with starting the fire and fixing breakfast before packing up,” Lilie said. “Once the site opens for visitors, scouts can explore the fort, museum and King’s Garden on their own before departing.”
Scouts will have the option of setting up their own tents on the fort grounds or, if numbering 16 or fewer scouts and adults, spending the night in the Soldiers’ Barracks.
A flat fee includes admission and special program fees as well as the evening and morning meals prepared over a camp fire.
For additional information visit the Fort Ticonderoga website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org