SCOUTS MAY CAMP ON HALLOWED GROUND IN GETTYSBURG
On July 1-3 1863, the Daniel Lady Farm on Hanover Road in Gettysburg served as a staging area and field hospital for Confederate troops during the attack on Culp’s Hill. Confederate artillery moved from the farm to nearby Benner’s Hill (now part of the Gettysburg National Military Park) to support the attack before being silenced by return fire from Federal artillery. Union shrapnel remains in a barn beam today.
Scout units may camp on this hallowed ground,often near Civil War reenactors.
This year, the GBPA Board has opened the farm for winter camping.
A number of campsites on the Daniel Lady Farm are dedicated to support the GBPA’s scouting program. Camping fees for up to a three-night stay are $60 per group plus $5 per camper. Large groups of 25 or more may be required to pay an addition fee of $100 for additional porta-john.
The GBPA provides water, firewood, fire pits and porta-john facilities. There are no picnic tables.
Unit tours of the house and barn (Confederate Field Hospital) are included in the fee if they can be scheduled during regular tour hours, usually 10:00 a.m. to 4p.m. Scouts may interact with Civil War reenactors staying on the farm in other campsite areas. (Reenactors will not necessarily be present every weekend.)
The barn is lightning-protected and the ground floor is available during hazardous weather—please respect displays. Open flames, including candles, are prohibited in the barn.
Please conserve firewood--NO bonfires! All Out-of-Council Boy Scout units must have a certificate of insurance—these are available from BSA Councils. (A copy of BSA New Birth of Freedom Council insurance is already on file.)
Girl Scouts and other organized youth groups may also camp and must have comparable insurance. Other camp rules and prohibitions may be found on the on this page.
Inquire about group admission to other events on the farm or fees for extended stays. Campsites are generally open from April through mid-November.
The camping program and the farm are operated by the staff and volunteers of the GBPA.
The Daniel Lady Farm is privately owned & operated by the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association (GBPA) a 501c3 non-profit organization.
The Daniel Lady Farm Service Award patch is available for scouts assisting with service projects or Eagle Scout projects on the farm. A generic Daniel Lady Farm patch is also available for campers. BSA Heritage Trails patches are also available to scouts who complete the Heritage Trail requirements. Trail guide booklets and patches may be ordered directly from the New Birth of Freedom Council or purchased at the Park Visitor Center. For details visit: http://Newbirthoffreedom.org/gettysburg-heritage-trails-program/
For questions about the camping program, call Kirk Davis at 717-338-1776 or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.