Venture Crew 1861 Fife & Drum Corps

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

Civil War reenactors proudly portraying the  

Field Music and Infantry Color Company, 1st Penna Reserve Volunteer Corps (PRVC)


BSA Venture Crew 1861 Fife and Drum Corps portrays the Civil War Field Music of the 1st Regiment, Penna Reserve Volunteer Corps (PRVC) and occasionally the Confederate Fife & Drum of Johnson's Division ANV.  The Venture crew is also forming a Civil War color guard or Company C, 1st PRVC.  The Venture Crew is always recruiting musicans, infantry rifleman, and flag bearers interested in Civil War reenacting.  The Venture Crew, Color guard and Fife & Drum are Co-Ed, accepting youg adults, boys and girls, a youth members. Musical instruments, rifles, equipment and uniforms are provided by the Corps.

In addition to Civil War reenacting 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 Maryland, to playing for visitors at the Gettysburg National Military Park, to major Civil War battle reenactments in Virginia.  Members of the Corps also perform at veterans' ceremonies, parades, and participate in several 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.

A musician/scout under the age of 14 does not have to be a member of the Venture Crew to participate as a musician in the Fife & Drum Corps.  Most of the activities are appropriate for all members of the Fife and Drum Corps-- even those who are not yet Venturing age.  Fife and Drum Corps youth participants range in age from11 to 20 years old.  Infantry Color Company members must be Venture Crew age.  Current youth members hail from Gettysburg, York, Lancaster and Mechanicsburg in south-central Pennsylvania and from central Maryland.

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 adopted the designation "1861" because it is the start of the American Civil War and the year the Regiments of Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps was formed by Governor Andrew Curtin and the PA Legislature.  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


All Venture Crew / Field Music adult leaders are BSA Youth Protection Trained and have the youth protection clearances required by PA state law.  Check out this website and our facebook page for more details on performances, activity schedules and information on joining or supporting the Venture Crew program.


Join Us in this Unique Scouting Adventure!




Mike Cassidy, Advisor, BSA Venture Crew 1861

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





This website also includes content pages for these affliated organizations

(See Site Content at left)



Scout Camping on the Historic Daniel Lady Farm in Gettysburg

Confederate Field Hospital in July of 1863

owned and operated by the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association

Camp on Hallowed Ground adjoining the Benner's Hill section of the Gettysburg National Military Park 



Patriot Daughters of Lancaster

potraying Lancaster's Civil War Ladies' Aid Society 1861-1865 

including the ladies, the wagoneers, and the soldiers they served.



Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps (PRVC) Inc. 

Civil War reenactors dedicated to preserving the memory

of the original soldiers of the Penna Reserves and their families,




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