District Activities

Pennsylvania Dutch Council Event Refund Policy

Upcoming Events

The Iron Forge Merit Badge College will take place at Camp Bashore on April 1st, 2023 (no joke)!  Registration will be coming soon, but the merit badges offered and their prerequisites are listed in the link below. Units may camp at Bashore that weekend, but it is NOT part of the college and they must reserve a site separately in Tentaroo.

Also offered at the college will be Project Management training, a course that is part of the Pathfinder rank in Venturing.

For those Scouts who need Conservation hours we are working with Ranger Dave to have projects available during the college on Saturday afternoon.  Any Scout or Scouter who would like to participate will need to bring work gloves with them.

Merit Badges and Prerequisites List

Date: April 1

Location: Bashore Scout Reservation, 160 Moonshine Rd, Jonestown, PA

Cost: $13 per Scout

Register Online Here 

Registration closes March 24, 2023



2023 Iron Forge District Awards Celebration

Celebrate our Scouters and Community supporters that provide extraordinary service to our community. This is open to Scouters and Community members.  As part of our awards celebration, we invite those who are 21 and older to join us in a sampling provided by Mount Hope Estate. Participants under 21 are also welcome to attend this event.

Date: May 4, 2023

Location: Mount Hope Estate (also known as the PA Ren Faire)

Cost: $25 per person


Registration closes March 31, 2023



The 2023 Iron Forge District Pinewood Derby will take place on April 22, 2023!  We are working on an indoor location and have secured the Camp Mack Dining Hall as a backup.  For the car specs and race rules CLICK HERE!

Date: April 22, 2023

Cost: $6 per person

Race categories:

  • Cub Race – for Cub Scouts
  • Open Class – for Cubs and everyone else
  • Best in Show – design contest for Cub Scouts

Click here to register for the 2023 Iron Forge Pinewood Derby

Registration closes April 21, 2023



Past Events

The Iron Forge Klondike Derby took place on January 28th, and it was a huge success.  Thank you to all those who helped make this an amazing event.  The patches are in!  If you have any feedback about the Klondike so that our team can make it even better next year, send those notes to our Klondike Chair Jeff Sherk at ifklondikejeff@gmail.com




Here are the dates for some of the upcoming District events we have scheduled.

  • April 22, 2023 – District Pinewood Derby
  • October 14, 2023 – Fall Outpost
  • January 27, 2024 – Klondike
  • October 19, 2024 – Fall Outpost



Coffee Break meetings

We are working on dates to hold the next round of Coffe Breaks.  They will be held by school district and are open for all Scouters and parents to come and visit with the District Executive and District Commissioner.  These are a chance for everyone to get their questions answered, meet other units in your school district, and work together to help all our units thrive.  Each of these will take place from 6-8 PM.  If you have and questions about the Coffee Breaks contact District Commissioner Jim Fowler at ifddistcommissioner@gmail.com


National just updated their Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.  Find the new version at 680-102_PreEventChklist.pdf (scouting.org)