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Welcome to the Official Site for the Isaac Davis Camporee and March

The Basics:

  • What: A weekend event featuring:
    1. Fun afternoon actities (e.g., outdoor games)
    2. A giant bonfire with songs, skits, etc.
    3. An early-morning hike that follows the line of march of the Acton Minutemen, leading to the Minuteman National Historical Park
  • When: Saturday, April 18 thru noon on Sunday, April 19, 2020
  • Where: Camporee will held at the traditional location, the School Street field, Acton, MA
  • Purpose: Camaraderie, camping, stories, songs, skits, hiking, fun, etc.

The Key Details:

  • The camporee will begin on the first afternoon. Full list of activities will be announced
  • The traditional bonfire, historical recounting, and skits will commence around dusk
  • Collectables will be available
  • The Isaac Davis March (retracing the steps of the Acton Minutemen) will begin at Dawn the morning of the second day
  • We will break camp by noon on the second day
  • Be Prepared™ for winter weather; Massachusetts in April can get very frosty at night, or cold and wet.
Isaac Davis Medal

Out-of-town Visitors:

You are invited to advantage of the rich history of the region on Saturday (before the official start of the Camporee) by visiting the numerous historic sites in the area. For a sample of the many things to see, visit our collection of links on the History and Links page.


The Isaac Davis Trail

The Isaac Davis Trail is an official Boy Scout Historical Trail sponsored by the Scouters of the Isaac Davis Trail. It is the same trail used by Captain Isaac Davis of the Acton Minutemen in their historic march to Concord where "the shot heard around the world" was fired.


The trail is seven miles long and takes 2-3 hours to cover. It begins at the home of Captain Davis where the original Minutemen met, and ends at the Old North Bridge in Concord. Most of the route is on paved road and only small stretches are cross-country. Most of the trail is open year round and may be hiked at any time, however there are small sections that are through private property and are only accessible during Independence Day and Patriot's Day celebration periods. A map is available for download [PDF]. There are many historical markers along the way, providing for am excellent review of one of the most important days in our Nation's history.

Some of the trail is over private land, so be courteous and clean is important for the continued use of the trail. Participation in the hiking of the trail in no way obligates Isaac Davis Trail Committee, its sponsors, or the Boy Scouts of America in case of accident or injury.


For hiking the entire trail (from the Isaac Davis House to the Old North Bridge) by the designated route, the award is a four-colored embroidered patch.

For demonstrating to their unit leader an understanding of the history of the march and material covered by the History section of this Web site, and by successfully completing the questionnaire, a medal suspended on a white ribbon (pictured upper-right) will be awarded.

The awards are sent to the unit leader upon completion of the requirements and payment of the proper fee. The patch may be worn on the right pocket of the uniform and the medal over the left pocket.


Any registered Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Girl Scout, Venturer or Scouter may qualify for the award. Hikers must wear an official uniform on the trail and two adults over 21 must accompany each group on the trail. It is recommended that a ratio of adults to Scouts be at least one to ten. All units must have a tour permit signed by their local Council Office with them. The trail is to be hiked as a Pack, Troop or Post, and no individual hiker will be recognized for an award.


Reproduce copies of the contents of the questionnaire and the History page, as needed. After the hike, submit the Awards Order Form with the proper fee. Unit leaders should see Camporee registraton personnel for the answer key. The purpose of the questionnaire is to ensure comprehension of the trail history. It is the responsibility of the unit leader to administer the questionnaire in an appropriate manner to evaluate each participant's comprehension. The quiz can be retaken if necessary.

Other Information:

For those units wishing to retrace the line of march at anytime other than the annual celebration, it is suggested that all but one car in the group be parked in the parking lot adjacent to the Old North Bridge in Concord. The drivers of the cars who will be hiking the trail can return in one car to the start of the Trail and park at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School lot on Hayward Road.

Please note: There are no toilet facilities along the Trail. Toilet facilities are available at the end of the Trail at the North Bridge Visitors Center.

For more information, registration materials, or for more information, see the links above.

Last modified: February 12, 2020