Join the Continental Army!
|First Saturday of the month Jan–Apr 11 am – noon||Register @ Visitor Center by 10:45|
|Participants must be 7 years or older|
Activities will take place outdoors. Please dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes. Event is weather dependent.
Children are invited to Join the Continental Army and experience a day in the life of the continental soldier. Recruits will be mustered, or registered, and receive enlistment papers and continental currency. Using wooden (dummy) muskets, participants learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington’s soldiers would have done. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill.
Move up the Ranks! To advance in skills and be promoted within the ranks of the Continental Army, attendees are encouraged to participate in the four-part training sessions that occur from January – April. A different topic will be addressed each month.
Army Essentials: Children who cannot participate in the four-part Join the Continental Army series can participate in Army Essentials where they learn the basic drills and commands of the Continental Army. Army Essentials is open to children of all ages.
For additional program questions contact Bill Troppman, 610-783-1075.
Note: A special Join the Continental Army program will take place on President’s Day Monday during the park’s celebration of Washington’s Birthday. “Soldiers” will receive a formal inspection by the Commander-in-Chief, General Washington himself, in addition to taking part in a multitude of special birthday activities.
Washington’s Birthday Party
|Monday, February 16 10 am – 2 pm Visitor Center||Free Event|
Celebrate His Excellency’s birthday with music, crafts, and of course, cake! Meet General Washington, try on 18th century clothing, and Join the Continental Army. Troops will receive a special inspection from the General.
10th Annual Rev Run
Valley Forge Revolutionary 5 Mile Run
|Sunday, April 19 7:30 am – noon (race start 8:30 am) Reg. Fee Required||Rain or Shine|
The Rev Run is more than just a sporting event; it’s an opportunity to support the national icon of Valley Forge National Historical Park. This historic site is truly worthy of the preservation efforts we undertake to ensure it remains a vibrant destination for generations to come.
by this run over the past 9 years.
THREE GREAT WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
- Register as a Race Participant: Take the challenge of running a 5-mile USATF certified course through the Park or a 3 mile walk to and from the National Memorial Arch. Children, ages 6-14, race 1.776 kilometers during the Young Patriots Fun Run coordinated by the Young Friends of the Park. visit www.RevolutionaryRun.org.
- Volunteer: Make a revolutionary difference as a race volunteer. A variety of positions available for all ages and ability.
- Become a Race Sponsor: For as little as $250, your firm can join the anniversary celebration and enjoy a range of race-day perks and publicity plus other year-round benefits provided in cooperation with The Friends of Valley Forge Park and other race partners. Your sponsorship is a great way to get involved, give back and support Valley Forge National Historical Park. Click here to download sponsor information or call 610-783-1777.