American Revolution North

July 2-7, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Director: Arch Hunter

Airport Info: All arriving flight reservations should be made to fly in to Philadelphia International Airport – Airport Code PHL. All departing flights should be booked to depart from Boston Logan International Airport – Airport Code BOS . Please see the Flight Arrival and Departure form for specifics on how and when to book your airline reservation.

Transportation to Campus: This workshop starts at our Valley Forge campus. Complimentary shuttle service is provided from PHL to our campus if you arrive within the specified time frame. Please see the Flight Arrival and Departure form for specifics on where to meet our staff person at PHL.

Workshop participants will be dropped off at Boston’s Logan airport at the conclusion of the program. Flights should be booked for after 4:30 p.m. on July 7, 2022, to ensure adequate time to get through airport security.

Orientation: Welcome and program orientation will take place in the MacArthur Building dining room at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2022, followed by dinner.

Accommodations: Housing on the first night will be on our campus. The remaining nights will be in hotels situated along the route for this program.  Two teachers will be assigned to each hotel room. If you prefer a single/private room the fee is $450 for the week. This fee is payable with your registration and is non-refundable once paid. If you do not pay the fee, expect to have a roommate for the entire week.

Dress Code and Packing: Dress is casual at all times. Shorts and T-shirts are permitted provided they are not torn or ragged. Remember, you are representing yourself and your school district. A good pair of walking shoes is suggested as is an umbrella or rain gear. Bug repellent and sun screen are also suggested.

You will be handling your own luggage. Please pack your bag so you are able to transfer it from one location to another.

Weather: Throughout the Northeast, summer is usually hot and humid with pop-up thunderstorms. The last few years have been unusual so be prepared for anything.

Meals: On-campus meals are included, but other meals while on the road are not included unless breakfast is offered as complimentary by the hotel. Lunch stops will be made during the day and hotels have been selected for their location to multiple restaurants for dinner. The hotel front desk can give you menus for delivery service as well.

Travel Stipends: If your scholarship came with a travel stipend, all stipend checks are mailed to you upon conclusion of the program. If you do not complete the entire week-long program, you will forfeit the stipend.

Program Materials and Required Reading: It is your responsibility to purchase the required reading books for the program unless otherwise stated. It is very easy to accumulate large quantities of material as the week progresses. If you do not want to pack materials in your luggage please check with the hotel and have it shipped to your home. Fees to ship any items to your home are at your own expense.

Laptops & Tablets: While having a laptop or tablet is not required, if you choose to bring one please make sure to bring your chargers and an extension cord unless your battery is long lasting. The motor coach has electrical outlets at each seat but WiFi may not be available. Due to the remoteness of some of the areas you will be traveling, cell phone reception may be limited. Please see the website for each hotel to see the WiFi amenities.

Recording Lectures: Lectures may be recorded with permission from the speaker. Please follow any restrictions the speaker or venue site gives for recording or picture taking during their lecture or site visit.

Venue Entry: Any and all group entry fees described in the program syllabus are included with your tuition/scholarship. Some venues will require you to pass through security lines prior to entering. Please keep in mind that taking backpacks or other large bags into the venue may slow down the security check-in lines. This type of item should be left behind on the bus when visiting.

Bus Etiquette: During driving time, you will be traveling with a large number of teachers on an enclosed motor coach. Please keep in mind the comfort of other passengers on this motor coach.  Do not wear any heavy perfume or aftershave. Alcohol, tobacco and drugs are prohibited at all times! Trash cans are available in the front and rear of the motor coach, please use them! If you spill a drink on the floor – clean it up! Do not expect our staff or the bus driver to clean up after you! The motor coach has electrical outlets at each seat. Cell service is not guaranteed; you will be traveling through some remote areas of the country where cell service is spotty or not available.

BE ON TIME: Each day the program assistant will give specific times to be on the bus. Please make sure you are on time! If you are not on the bus on time, the program assistant will make one phone call to your cell phone. If you miss the bus, it is your responsibility to catch up with the bus. Do not expect the bus to wait for you or turn around for you.

Program Etiquette: Plan to fully participate in this program. This is not your vacation.  Stay with the group at all times and do not wander off on your own agenda. If you would like to see additional sites in the area, please make arrangements to fly in prior to or stay after the program ends. Be mindful of other participants but most of all have fun while learning.

Please read the Conduct Code to see what is expected of you while you are attending this program. If you are asked to leave the program for any reason, all expenses to return to your home are your responsibility.

Education Credits: For those who wish to take the program for one or three credits, sign up forms will be available at orientation. One credit is included with your tuition/scholarship. Three credits are available for an additional $300. At orientation, the program director will give you a specific time that all forms are due to be handed in.  Payment for three credits will be due when the form is handed in.  Checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted for payment. The fee for credits is non-refundable once paid.

In order to receive credits, you must submit all required work by the due date on the form. All work is based on program content and cannot be completed prior to the program. Do not ask for an extension for your work to be submitted. Freedoms Foundation must submit work for all teachers at one time. If you ask for an extension, this means everyone’s work must get submitted late and this will not happen.

Deposit Refund: To hold your space in the class, a deposit of $150 is required with your registration form by the due date listed in the initial acceptance email. If you sign up to take the program for credits and do not turn your work in for grading within the specified time frame, you will NOT receive a refund. If you are taking the program as an auditor or are taking it for credit and have turned in your work, your deposit refund will be refunded approximately 6-7 weeks after the program ends. All refunds are processed at one time for the entire class, and the processing of refunds does not start until everyone has turned in their credit work for grading. Please do not email or call two days after the program ends and ask why you have not received a refund check.

Program Syllabus: A program syllabus will be posted online and will be continuously updated as the program evolves. Please check the link often.

Required Reading: Required reading for the program will be posted online. The program link will be listed in your initial registration email. You are responsible for purchasing any required reading books.

Service Dogs: Service dogs are permitted for Freedoms Foundation program participants if the animals meet the definition provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA defines a service dog as one “that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” Therapy animals, emotional support animals, and companion animals are NOT service animals under the ADA.

Airport Arrival and Departure Information

Arrival City: Philadelphia International Airport (Airport code PHL)

Departure City: Boston Logan International Airport (Airport code BOS)

Flight Insurance: As in all instances where travel by airline or train is taking place, it is recommended that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances.

Arriving Flights: Flight reservations to the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) should be booked to arrive between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2022, if you want to take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service to our Valley Forge campus. (See below for instructions on where to find the shuttle.)

Thirty (30) days prior to the start of the program, the name and cell number of the staff person who will be greeting you at PHL will be posted online. If your flight is delayed please text or call the staff person and let him/her know what is happening with your flight. It is your responsibility to let the staff person know what is going on with any delayed or cancelled flights – the airlines will not give out any personal information. The Education Office cell phone is 610-960-3357.  This number is only for the travel day of July 2, 2022, and is not answered on a daily basis. Please do not call it prior to July 2, 2022.

Departing Flights: The motor coach will drop off participants at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Due to heightened security measures, you should allow at least two hours to get through security before your flight departs. Please make sure your flight departs after 4:30 p.m. on July 7. Freedoms Foundation is not responsible if you miss your flight because you did not leave enough time to get through security.

AMTRAK: No transportation is provided to or from AMTRAK’S (Philadelphia) 30th Street Station. For those arriving on AMTRAK, please take SEPTA’s regional rail line to the airport. Get off at American Airlines Terminal B, go down the staircase, cross the taxi/bus zone into the baggage claim area and follow the instructions listed in the Shuttle to Campus section of this info sheet to find the shuttle to the campus. You can also take Septa Regional Rail to the Paoli Train Station and get an UBER/taxi to the campus (approximately six miles).

Shuttle to Campus: Complimentary transportation from the Philadelphia airport to the campus is available for those who make reservations in advance with the Education Office at Freedoms Foundation. If you do not make a reservation with the Education Office in advance, please find your own transportation to campus.

To find our staff person at PHL please claim your baggage, walk to the American Airlines baggage claim area in terminals B/C. Our staff person will be greeting teachers between luggage carousal “F” and “G” near the hotdog stand.

The first shuttle to the campus will depart PHL at approximately 2:30 p.m. This will be followed by a second shuttle at approximately 5:15 p.m. All times are estimated and will be determined by the flight schedule of those who make reservations.

If you arrive at PHL early and want something to eat, you should stay in the secured area for a better food selection. After leaving the secured area, the only food available is from the hotdog stand and vending machines.

Philadelphia Airport Meet and Greet Staff Person: Name and contact number will be provided closer to the program date.

Education office cell number: 610-960-3357 (This phone is only answered on Saturday, the first day of the program.)

Conduct Code

As a teacher attending this professional development program, you are not only representing yourself but your school district as well. During your time with the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge group, we expect the following from you:

> Participate in all aspects of the program.

> Be on time for all departures. The group will not wait for you if you are late!

> Show respect to fellow participants, speakers, motor coach driver, hotel workers and staff.

> Leave your surroundings as you found them.

> Follow all instructions as communicated by the program director and staff.

> There will be NO smoking on the motor coach, on campus and at all hotels and venue sites.

> As adults we expect you to use alcohol responsibly. If you become visibly impaired, you will be asked to leave the program with no recourse.

> Illegal drugs are not permitted. If you become visibly impaired, you will be asked to leave the program with no recourse.

Any infractions will be reported to your principal and school superintendent.

If, after reading the above, you have any questions please email the Education Department at grad@ffvf.org