Boys Scouts of America

Venture Crew 1861 Fife & Drum Corps

proudly portraying the 

Civil War Field Music, 1st Penna Reserve Volunteer Corps (PRVC)

(formerly Troop 53 & Venture Crew 53 Fife and Drum Corps of Maytown PA. )


BSA Venture Crew 1861 Fife and Drum Corps portrays the Civil War Field Music of the 1st Regiment, Penna Reserve Volunteer Corps (PRVC) and occationally the Confederate Fife & Drum of Johnson's Division ANV.    Current members hail from Gettysburg, York, Lancaster and Mechanicburg in south-central Pennsylvania and members from Maryland. In additon to Civil War renacting and music, the Venture Crew sponsors other high adventure activities. The Crew often holds regular practices and Crew meetings on Monday evenings in Leola (Lancaster Co.) for those who can attend.   Fife and Drum Corps’ has an extensive musical performance and reenactment schedule that takes members from fife & drum events in Maryand, to playing for visitors at the Gettysburg National Military Park, to major battle reenactments in Virginia.  Members of the Corps also peform at veterans' ceremonies, march in parades, and sponsor or participate in a number of Civil War balls and dances each year. Venture Crew members are attending the National Boy Scout Jamboree in 2017 and planning a canoe trip down the Allagash River in Maine for 2018. Check out this website and our facebook page for more details on peformances, activity schedules and more information on joining or supporting the Venture Crew program. 

The BSA Venturing program accepts young adults - both boys and girls - between the ages of 13 (and completed 8th grade) and 21. Most of the activities are appropriate for all members of the Fife and Drum Corps-- even those who are not yet Venture Crew age. A musician/scout under the age of 14 does not have to be a member of the Venture Crew to participate in the Fife & Drum Corps. 

Venture Crew 1861 is chartered by the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, owner and operator of the historic Daniel Lady Farm which served as a Confederate Division HQ and field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863.  The Crew is part of Boy Scouts of America New Birth of Freedom Council and is a member of PA Reserve Battalion (PRVC Inc) and the 1st Reg't United States Volunteers (USV)-- Civil War reenactment organizations.

Since founding in 2004, Our Mission remains to:

Preserve Our Civil War Heritage

Honor Our Nation's Veterans, and 

Promote the Ideals of Scouting



Join Us in this Unique Scouting Adventure





This website also includes content pages for 

Scout Camping on the Historic Daniel Lady Farm in Gettysburg

owned and operated by the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association




and the 

Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps (PRVC) Inc. 

Civil War reenactors dedicated to preserving the memory of the original PRVC soldiers and their families (1861-1864)





Mike Cassidy, Advisor, BSA Venture Crew 1861

P.O. Box 63, Maytown, PA  17550
h. 717-426-3941; cell# 717-368-1235

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