Department of Student Activities

The Department of Student Activities (DSA) is committed to ensuring that each cadet at Valley Forge has the opportunity to participate in a myriad of extra-curricular activities.

Cadets will have the opportunity to take part in DSA program and event offerings once all daily academic and TAC duties and responsibilities have been fulfilled.

Monthly Student Activities Calendar

DSA Programs, Events and Activities:

  • Cadet Advisory Board (CAB)—The CAB is composed of cadet representatives from each company choosen to represent the interests and ideals of all students at Valley Forge. Chosen representatives will be the voice of the student body to the Department of Student Activities and will participate in the planning and execution of on and off campus events, community service projects, class fundraising efforts and the student club system.
  • Clubs and Organizations—Clubs and organizations at Valley Forge provide a venue for the special interests of all cadets.  Each year club leaders will have the opportunity to re-register their club or organization with the DSA.  Cadets interested in creating a new club that is not currently offered should obtain a registration packet from the DSA.
  • Ice Hockey—Players on the academy ice hockey team are member of the ICSHL (Inter County Scholastic Hockey League). Players will practice and play games at Center Ice located in Oaks, Pennsylvania.  The season will run from September to February. The participation fee includes professional coaching and instruction, ice time, travel, game jerseys, socks, and membership with USA Hockey. All other equipment must be purchased by the cadet.
  • Judo—The DSA offers an option for cadet participation in Judo.  Currently, cadets have the opportunity to participate year round in our Judo Program and can even compete in tournaments off campus.
  • Flight Training—Through this program, cadets have the opportunity to earn a private pilots license.  Generally, this is a two year program.  Additional certification/licensure opportunities are available to those cadets who have earned their private license.
  • SCUBA Diver Certification—Participants in this program will earn PADI Basic Open Water SCUBA Diver Certification.  For those who have previously been certified for Basic Open Water, they may continue their training by participating in Advanced or Rescue Driver Certification.  Certifications are good for a lifetime of underwater exploration world wide.
  • Boy Scouts of America (BSA)—Troop 971 at Valley Forge is organized to provide cadets, new to the BSA or those already established, the best opportunity possible to advance in rank within the BSA.  The best way to do this is to get out into the wilderness and get active on campus and in the surrounding community.  Scouts will meet weekly and will be required to have a complete Scout Uniform with Troop 971 numerals and a Scouting Handbook.  Participants are encouraged to bring camping and backpacking equipment from home.  All gear will be inventoried and stored in the Scout Room atop Mellon Hall.
  • Red Cross Lifeguard Certification—Those cadets interested in becoming a certified lifeguard through the Red Cross may sign up for this course in the Fall and in the Spring.  A minimum of six cadets are required for program operation.  Participants must be able to pass a rigorous swim test on the first day of class.  Those who complete the course will be lifeguard and CPR/First Aid Certified by the Red Cross.

Extra-Curricular Events, Trips and Activities:

  • Mixers—Mixers will be held throughout the school year in various on campus locations. A DJ will provide state of the art sound, video and light displays, and refreshments will be available throughout the evening. Cadets are encouraged to invite friends and family ages 13 to 18 years of age to attend these informal events. There is no charge for entry into the Mixers. Additionally, we will travel to Girl’s Schools to attend their Mixers when invited.
  • Formals—Each year there will be a Ring Dance and a Winter Ball. These events require formal attire (Full Dress/Black Tie/Gown) for all guests in attendance. Cadets are highly encouraged to invite dates. In most cases, leave will be granted following the event.
  • Off Campus Trips—Trips off campus will be organized through the DSA office. Examples of trips include local movie trips, trips to Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Philly Rock Gym, Amusement Park, and Halloween events. Each year we try to add a new trip for the cadets. Every February, we take an annual weekend trip to Vermont to ski, local ski trips are also available. Primarily, these events will take place on weekends following all academic and tactical responsibilities. Cadets may visit the DSA Office for more information. Cadets who are academically or tactically deficient will not be able to participate in any off campus trip.
  • On-Campus Events and Activities—Throughout the school year, the DSA will organize events and activities on campus. Examples of these events include an annual health fair, intramural basketball, community blood drives, community garden, and holiday events. Cadets are highly encouraged to attend these events. Often these programs will be sponsored by student clubs or by a particular class.

Other Information:

  • Boodle Activities Center—Located in Bower Hall on the second floor. The Activities Center will be open on Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Friday night 6:00 to 10:00 PM, Saturday 1:00 to 10:00 PM, and Sunday 1:00 to 6:00 PM. Cadets are welcome to watch television, play video games, watch movies in the 50 seat cadet theater, or play ping-pong, air hockey, foosball or a game of pool. Food vendors come and sell a variety of food alternatives other then the mess hall. Tuesday lunch is Jake’s WayBack Burger, Wednesday lunch is Paola’s Pizza, and Thursday lunch is Chinese Delight. This is very popular for our cadets.
  • Federal Work Study Program—The Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) is an on-campus employment program open to qualified College cadets through the Financial Aid Office.  Each year the DSA hires cadets to work/support operations.  For more information visit the DSA Office.

*Cadets wishing to enroll in any Special Activity must register through the Department of Student Activities.  For cadets under the age of 18, parental/guardian permission for participation is required.

*For more information regarding Student Activities, please contact Ms. Elizabeth Wahlberg, Student Activities Director, at 610-989-1253.

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