The Event


"Rogers' Cadet School" by Gary Zaboly.   











Methods & Discipline of the Ranging Service.
An Immersive F&I Primer
January 26th – 28th 2018. Fort Frederick, MD

The 2018 SOTR Event, Methods and Discipline of the Ranging Service, will be conducted as an introduction to the documented 18th C skills required to survive His Majesty’s Woods Service. Participants will be assigned to barracks and mess groups at Fort Frederick, issued daily rations and be exempted from most fatigue duties as they are field trained in the ranging discipline.

For a registration packet email registration@schooloftheranger.com

For Clothing & Equipment Guidelines click here.


Event FAQ

When?
January 26th – 28th 2018. Officially 11am -11am. See the Event Schedule for details.

Where?
Fort Frederick State Park. 11100 Fort Frederick Rd, Big Pool, MD. The entire weekend will be held solely in the historic fort & surrounding countryside, under 18th C conditions. Fort Frederick link

What is the Ranging Service?
The ranging service was many things; scouting and gathering information, deterring enemy scouts. It was; “to distress the French and their allies, by sacking, burning, and destroying their houses, barns, barracks, canoes, battoes, &c. and by killing their cattle of every kind; and at all times to endeavour to way-lay, attack, and destroy their convoys of provisions by land and water, in any part of the country...” it was guarding the movements of the army. By mid century,“ranging” had developed into its own military specialization recognized by the British establishment. It was the tactics and techniques of partisan warfare optimized for the forest.

Who performed Ranging Service?
During the 18th C conflicts in North America, make-shift detachment of Provincials and militia often attempted this service. At times it was British Soldiers & officers. Originally Native allies were heavily depended on. Later as combined arms strategies evolved, Light Infantry units preformed much of this function.

But Rangers were the specialists that developed the craft needed to survive the crucible of Total War in the North American forests. By integrating woodmanship skills, and Native American techniques with British organizational command and control structures, rangers honed irregular warfare practices that are largely followed today.

Who's invited?
Individuals portraying British or American troops of the French and Indian War, or their Native allies. Attendance is limited to 24 participants & all participants must meet the minimum fitness & equipment guidelines.


What to expect?
Participants should expect to spend the entire Event in the elements & in primitive barracks conditions field testing and practicing aspects of Ranging with their 18th C equipment. The training will consist largely of increasingly complex patrol simulations in varied terrain and culminate in student led force on force scenarios, regardless of weather conditions.


Cost /Fees?
The registration fee is a $50.00 tax deductible donation. This effort is entirely voluntary and all proceeds go to the 501c3 Friends of Fort Frederick and it’s efforts to support the historic site. Similarly all proceeds from the related prize raffle benefit the FOFF as well. Raffle details to follow. For more information on the Friends of Fort Frederick visit: www.friendsoffortfrederick.info

How do I participate?
For a registration packet email: registration@schooloftheranger.com
To sponsor a prize for the raffle or rations for the participants: sponsorship@schooloftheranger.com

2018 School of the Ranger Sponsors:

Jaeger’s Battalion of Rogers’ Rangers. www.rogersrangers.com
The Friends of Fort Frederick. www.friendsoffortfrederick.info
Leather from the Past. www.leatherfromthepast.blogspot.com
Lawrence Fiorillo Black Powder Pouches (on FaceBook)
Matt Wulff : Cumberland County Rangers
Judy De Jonge  
De Messenmaker: De Messenmaker FB Page

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