Leaders & Staff


B.S.A. Venture Crew 1861 Fife & Drum Corps

Civil War Field Music & Color Guard, 1st P.R.V.C. 

Officers, Adult Advisors, & Committee


Venture Crew Officers elected for 2018-19 


President:                                                 Alden Salmons


Vice President for Administration:        Lyndsey Nedrow


Vice President for Program:                  Tony Astarita


Vice President for Communications:    Lauren Nedrow


Treasurer:        vacant


Quartermaster:                                        Daniel Jilka



Venture Crew Appointed Officers & JR Leaders:


Historian:             open


Crew Guides: (including the music leadership positions below)    


Fife Major:                    Ryan Nedrow 


Chief Drummers:         Nathaniel Johnston  



Venture Crew Past-Presidents:  


                               Lyndsey Nedrow, Nick Poletti,  Abby Himmelright,  Matt Howe, and Patrick Cassidy





Adult Advisors:  short bio for Advisors and Committee members is included.  All adult leaders have completed BSA Youth Protection Training and have obtained the background clearances reguired by PA State Law for working with youth.  Some leaders have additional child protection training offered by the PA Dept of Education. 


Mike Cassidy, Venture Crew Advisor

Fmr. Adjunct Faculty, Temple Univ and Penn State (Public Policy, History, & American Gov't);  Retired PA Legislative Staff.; Principal Musician- USV 1st Reg't; 

Eagle Scout; Merit Badge Counselor; Board Member & V.P., Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Assoc.; fmr US Park Service CRM Volunteer. 


Mike Nedrow, Venture Crew Associate Advisor

Corporate Manager;  Musician -Bass Drummer; MB Counselor;

Eagle Scout; Asst Scoutmaster Troop 83 - Leola PA


Kyle Windahl, Venture Crew Associate Advisor

Secondary School Teacher (Science); Sutler and expert in manufacture of high grade Military Uniforms etc.;  Experienced Reenactment Field Officer and Sgt.; Crew Color Guard advisor


Jocelyn Windahl, Venture Crew Associate Advisor

Secondary School Teacher (Environmental Science, also certified in History), Instructor & Musician -Drummer, Expert on ladies' Civil War Dress, fmr US Park Service Intern




Plus additonal BSA trained leaders in the Venture Crew Scouter Reserve and from other scout units who participate with the Venture Crew as Parents/Leaders



Venture Crew 1861 Committee  (Committee members may also serve in roles as scout leaders & instructors)


Jeanne Herr Cassidy, Chair

frm. Adjunct Faculty, Millersville University (Reading & Literacy); Retired Reading Specialist and Elementary teacher; Merit Badge Counselor; Instructor in Beginning Fife, Violin, Civil War Camp & Parlor Music; USV Civilian Committee

Dan Dietrich, Treasurer

Eagle Scout; Healthcare Facility Comptroller


Barb Mowery, Organizational Representative

Past President, Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association; 


Ruth Jilka, Committee Member

Dietician; Crew Records Manager


Derrick Rowe, Committee Member

Eagle Scout; Adjunct Faculty, Alvernia College (Military History); Muscian & Fife Instructor; Fmr Camp Staff, Horseshoe Scout Reservation


Dale Salmons, Committee Member

Civil Engineer; Ass't Scoutmaster Troop 83- Leola PA;  MB Counselor;  BSA/NRA Rifle Safety Instructor



Additional Music Instructors: (Crew Consultants):


*Music Instructors /adult muscians are being recruited. Contact the Venture Crew.




BSA Venture Crew 1861 / Field Music 1st PRVC is part of Boy Scouts of America New Birth of Freedom Council and is a member of the American Living History Education Association (ALHES); PA Reserve Battalion; and the 1st Regt United States Volunteers (USV) reenactment organizations.