fort-ticonderoga.JPGImmersive Experience at America's Fort! Ticonderoga, N.Y. - Fort Ticonderoga is pleased to announce a new and immersive overnight program for Boy Scout groups in the fall 2013. "Imagine your troop being able to garrison Fort Ticonderoga overnight!" said the Fort's Director of Education Rich Strum. "Give your scouts an experience they'll never forget-a rare chance to spend the night at Fort Ticonderoga." A limited number of slots are available in September and October for scouts interested in spending the night in the historic barracks of the Fort. Scouts arrive in mid-afternoon and are immediately thrust into the life of a solider at Ticonderoga in 1775. They'll participate in the "Planting the Tree of Liberty" program and then have some time to explore the Fort and Museum before closing time. "Once the visitors are gone and the Fort is secured for the night," said Director of Interpretation Stuart Lilie, "scouts will establish their overnight camp, gather firewood, and learn how to start a fire with flint and steel." They will assist with the preparation of the evening meal while learning about 18th-century cooking. After cleanup, Fort staff will lead scouts on an evening hike over this historic landscape before they settle in for the night. In the morning, scouts again help with starting the fire and fixing breakfast before packing up. Once the site opens for visitors, scouts can explore the Fort, Museum, and King's Garden on their own before departing. A limited number of slots are reserved for scout groups to take advantage of this exclusive offer. Scouts have the option of setting up their own tents on the historic grounds or, if numbering 16 or fewer scouts and adults, spending the night in the Soldiers' Barracks. This experience is limited to 30 or fewer scouts and adults. A flat fee includes admission and special program fees as well as the evening and morning meals prepared over a camp fire. For additional information about this and other programs available for scout groups during the 2013 season, visit the Fort Ticonderoga website at http://www.fort-ticonderoga.org/, click on the "Explore and Learn" tab, and select "Scouting" in the drop-down menu. FORT TICONDEROGA America's Fort TM Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga's history.  Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 17 through October 20, 2013. The 2013 season features the Fort's newest exhibit "It would make a heart of stone melt" Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga which explores early medical theory, practice, and experience as each relates to the armies that served at Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century.  Visit www.fortticonderoga.org/ for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York. America's Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association. Contact: Beth Hill - 518-585- 2821 bhill@fort-ticonderoga.org