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Ticonderoga, N.Y. - Fort Ticonderoga joins forces with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York to host Girl Scout Day on Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 9:30 am-5 pm. Girl Scout troops will have an opportunity to take part in a series of programs highlighting Fort Ticonderoga's epic history and natural beauty through interdisciplinary and hands-on programming developed especially for their learning and exploratory goals. "During the day scouts can learn about the French troops who came to Ticonderoga in the fall of 1755 to begin construction of Fort Carillon. Interacting with these French soldiers, scouts will discover what the life of an 18th-century soldier was like at Fort Ticonderoga," said Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga Director of Education. They'll discover what the soldiers ate, where they slept, and what they wore as well as the logistics of outfitting an army." "Throughout the day troops can explore the Fort's scenic learning campus and the museum's premier exhibitions. They can take guided tours, learning about the Fort's history, and observe musket demonstrations where they'll learn about the cutting edge technology of the 18th century. They can visit the historic trades shop, where shoes and clothing are produced by the Fort staff, and learn about key skills essential to keeping an army clothed and fed." In addition, special programs for Girl Scouts take place in the historic trades shop at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. Programs at 12 pm and 1 pm illustrate the process of feeding the troops as the mid-day meal is prepared. In the King's Garden, the Fort's beautiful colonial revival garden, scouts can participate in horticulture programs including the "Lady Bug Investigators" program at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, and take part in the self-guided activity "Watercolors in the Garden" from 10 am to 4 pm. In addition, Fort Ticonderoga's Heroic Corn Maze, a six acre life-size puzzle cut out in the shape of the Fort will be open for scouts from 10 am-4 pm. To register your Girl Scout troop to participate, please call Nancy LaVallie, Group Tour Coordinator at Fort Ticonderoga at 518-585-2821. The cost is $7 per scout; $12 for adults. To learn more about programs for scout groups at Fort Ticonderoga visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/ and select the "Explore and Learn" tab and select "Scouting" on 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. Photo: Fort Ticonderoga hosts Girl Scout Day on Saturday, September 7th.