Grant Pilgrimage 2022 – Save the Date

Grant Pilgrimage 2022 – Save the Date

Published on July 27th, 2021

Celebrating its 68th Anniversary, the U.S. Grant Pilgrimage is a weekend full of Scouting activities.

Celebrating its 68th Anniversary, the U.S. Grant Pilgrimage is a weekend full of Scouting activities and the Midwests’ biggest Scouting Event. Take part in the fun activity and friendship of Scouting with Scouts from around the region. The number one annual Scouting event for Cub Scouts, Scouts/BSA, and Ventures. Register early and reserve your campsite, camping is separate from registration, and on your own, except for camping at Canyon Camp and Chestnut Mountain.

Registration includes, Admission to the Pilgrimage event, Historical Museums, Blacksmith Shop, Civil War encampment, Grant’s Home, Bucket Brigade, Parade, Trail Hike, History Hunt, Shuttle Bus, Church services, as well as the Event Patch. Additionally, the Trail Hike patch and History Hunt patch will be awarded upon completion.

This year’s theme, Happy Birthday Ulysses, celebrating General Grant’s 200th Birthday.

For more information download the 2022 Leaders Guide / Information Booklet.

REGISTER BY April 17th, 2022 and you will receive the Pilgrimage Patch for 2020 and 2021!

Don’t forget to check out our Pilgrimage Trading Post.  If you order NOW, your item will be delivered in time for the event!

Register Online 

Event Starts: Friday, April 22nd 2022 @ 4:00 PM CST
Until: Sunday, April 24th 2022 @ 10:00 AM CST
Location: Galena, IL

History Hunt

There will be changes coming to this activity. It will be similar to the Trail Hike but focused on the Generals.  The History Hunt is an interactive scavenger hunt with the 9 Generals of Galena. Included in your packet will be a listing of questions and you will need to find the Generals to get the answers. Once you have completed the questions, you can turn in your completed form at the Trading Post (Turner Hall) to receive a limited edition History Hunt patch. The History Hunt is available on Saturday from 9:00 – 11:30 am.

Pilgrimage Trail Hike

Also included in your packet will be a trail hike and map of downtown Galena. There is a listing of 16-18 questions. The answers are located at historically significant places around Galena. The hike is approximately 5 miles and takes 2-3 hours to complete. New Scouts will have the opportunity to complete many of the Tenderfoot, 2nd and 1st Class requirements.  Hikers who complete the trail will receive the special Pilgrimage Patch at the Trading Post (Turner Hall).

Civil War Encampment

Tri-state Historical Presentations will put on a Civil war encampment on the weekend of April 22nd through April 24th. Scouts and Scouters can see the life during the Civil war and what a camp would look like. Also at 11:30 am on April 23rd there will be a mock Civil War battle held along the banks of the Galena River.

Bucket Brigade

Participants compete with others to put out “the fire” by moving water using buckets (with holes!) This is always a favorite activity of the youth who attend! (You will get wet, be prepared!) Schedule a time at Registration between 9-11am.

Galena and U.S. Grant Museum

OPEN ALL DAY! The admission fee is included with your wristband. Many pieces of national US history are on display. Click here for detailed information about exhibits.


Bring your unit flags and join us for the largest Scout only parade in Northern IL. Line-up begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday. You will be given your parade location information when you check in on Friday evening or Saturday morning.

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