BSA Venture Crew 1861 Civil War Fife & Drum Corps

Fife and Drum CorpBoys and Girls, ages 11 through 20, can participate in the flagship of GBPA’s scouting program—the Fife and Drum Corps. 

Formed in 2004 as Boy Scout Troop 53 and Venture Crew 53, the Fife & Drum Corps (FDC) of Maytown PA, rechartered in 2010 as Venture Crew 1861 of Gettysburg in the New Birth of Freedom Council with the GBPA as their Chartering Organization. 

The FDC began reenacting at the 145th Anniversary of First Bull Run in 2006 and continues to participate in numerous living history events, battle reenactments, veterans' ceremonies, scouting events, community festivals and parades.    

They portray the Field Music, 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps and occasionally portray the Confederate musicians of Johnson’s Division ANV. They were featured in the August 2007 issue of Boys’ Life magazine participating in Gettysburg’s Remembrance Day ceremonies. The FDC performed for the 2009 rededication of the Lincoln Memorial in Wash. D.C. and Pennsylvania’s kick-off for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in the State Capitol in 2011.

In addition to playing fife, drum or bugle on the battlefield or in parade, some members also perform camp music on strings, tin flutes and drums. The group also fields a Civil War color guard.

Venture Crew 1861/1st PRVC is a unit member of the 1st Regiment, United States Volunteers (USV) and the Pennsylvania Reserve Battalion - Civil War reenactment organizations that provide for event organization and safety.