Fort Ticonderoga joins forces with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York to host Girl Scout Day on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9:30 am-5 pm. Girl Scout troops will have an opportunity to take part in a series of programs highlighting Fort Ticonderoga’s epic history and natural beauty through interdisciplinary and hands-on programming developed especially for their learning and exploratory goals.
“During the day scouts can learn about the French troops who came to Ticonderoga in the fall of 1755 to begin construction of Fort Carillon. Interacting with these French soldiers, scouts will discover what the life of an 18th-century soldier was like at Fort Ticonderoga,” said Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga Director of Education. They’ll discover what the soldiers ate, where they slept, and what they wore as well as the logistics of outfitting an army.”
“Throughout the day troops can explore the Fort’s scenic learning campus and the museum’s premier exhibitions. They can take guided tours or visit the historic trade shop, where shoes and clothing are produced by the Fort staff, and learn about key skills essential to keeping an army clothed and fed.”
In addition, special programs for Girl Scouts take place in the historic trades shop at 10:30 am, 12:30 and 2:30 pm. Programs at 12 and 1 pm illustrate the process of feeding the troops as the mid-day meal is prepared.
Scouts can also participate in horticulture programs including the “Lady Bug Investigators” program at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm, and take part in the self-guided activity “Watercolors in the Garden” from 10 am to 4 pm. In addition, Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze, a six acre life-size puzzle cut out in the shape of the Fort will be open for scouts from 10 am-4 pm.
To register a Girl Scout troop to participate, please call Nancy LaVallie, Group Tour Coordinator at Fort Ticonderoga at (518) 585-2821. The cost is $7 per scout; $12 for adults.