Scout & Reenactor Camping in Gettysburg

Scout Camping:

Scouts sitting around a campfireOn July 1-3 1863, the Historic Daniel Lady Farm on Hanover Street 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. 

Fill out the Scout Camping Application

The Farm is available for camping year round.

A number of campsites on the Historic Daniel Lady Farm are dedicated to support the GBPA’s scouting program. For 2018, camping fees are $10/person per night. Large groups of 25 or more may be required to pay an addition fee of $100 for an additional porta-john. 

Click here for a map of the available camping sites.

The GBPA provides water, firewood, fire pits and porta-john facilities. Picnic tables are available.

Scout CampingUnit 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.) 

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.  

The camping program and the farm are operated by the staff and volunteers of the GBPA.

Eagle Scout Projects and other Service Projects are available.

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Reenactor Camping

Reenactor cleaning rifle as the sun rises.Reenactors Can Camp for Free at the Historic Daniel Lady Farm. The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association allows reenactment units representing the Civil War and individual period historians to camp at the Historic Daniel Lady Farm without charge.

We are especially open to persons doing medical, embalming, Sanitary Commission, cooking, and musical presentations. Units may consider a “School of the Soldier” weekend.

The only requirement is presenting a living history and mingling with farm visitors at times during the weekend.

GBPA will provide a camping area, porta-john and potable water.

Fill out the reenactor camping application

Be sure to read the scout camping requirements and rules for reenactor camping.

Questions about the camping program, scout or reenactor, can be directed to Kirk Davis at 717-357-7609, or by email at