The Event

A Reconnoitering Party 

 Fort Frederick MD, Jan 24th - 26th

The 2020 SOTR Event, A Reconnoitering Party, will be conducted as a 48-hour immersive tactical.  Participants will be assigned to one of three 8-person Ranging Companies tasked with a minimum of four unique patrols.    Each patrol will have a main objective, as well as several tactical and fieldcraft skill taskings to complete, while under constant threat of an opposing force.

Participants will experience a glimpse of barracks life “under military orders,”  including the joys of issued provisions & bunk assignments, as well as being ordered out on fatigue duties and reconnoitering parties.  Predominantly the weekend will consist of ranging on foot across broken terrain in inclement weather utilizing only 18th C  appropriate gear.  Participants  should expect to experience fatigue, hunger  and the effects of weather...

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For Clothing & Equipment Guidelines click here.

Event FAQ

January 24th - 26th, 2020  Officially 2pm -2pm. 

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 was a reconnoitering party? 
The reconnoitering party was used; “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...”  By mid century, reconnoitering parties  or “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 conducted Reconnoitering Parties ?
During the 18th C conflicts in North America, make-shift detachment of Provincials and militia often attempted this role.  At times it was British Soldiers & officers. The British Reconnoitering specialization came to be known as Ranging.  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 their kit  and conducting patrols regardless of weather conditions.

Cost /Fees?
The registration fee is a $50.00 tax deductible donation that covers attendance  as well as the pre event online curriculum & discussion.

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. For more information on the Friends of Fort Frederick visit:

How do I participate?
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  1. Unfortunately due to prior commitments I cannot attend this one as much as I would like to. Will there be others in the future?