Butler 7th Grade Field Trip to

Gettysburg, Harrisburg, and Hershey PA

March 26 - 27, 2022

Butler 7th Graders – It’s time for the Gettysburg field trip!  Spend two days touring Pennsylvania’s most historic areas with your friends and teachers.


Site of the most epic battle in U.S. history!

Interior photo of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda

Seat of Pennsylvania’s government.

Sign outside of Chocolate World with candy bar characters

Chocolate wonderland. Sweet!


Sun. Feb. 13, 7 am
Registration opens.
Full payment ($340) required.
Act early – trip limited to 180 students.

Sun. Feb 20
Registration ends (if it does not sell out earlier)

Tues. Feb. 22
Roommate selection forms distributed in Social Studies class.

Wed. March 2
Roommate forms due to Ms. Carlson.

Thurs. March 17,  6 pm
Parent meeting in IHS auditorium.

Sat. March 26, time TBD
Buses load at IHS parking lot.

Sun. Mar. 27, time TBD
Students return to IHS lot

What You'll See

At Gettysburg National Park, the Visitor’s Center film (narrated by Morgan Freeman) gives a great introduction to the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. The Cyclorama is a massive, 360-degree “Battle of Gettysburg” painting-in-the-round measuring 377 feet around and 42 feet high. The group stands in the center of this three-dimensional diorama as the events of the 3 day battle unfold in front of them, culminating with the fury of Pickett’s Charge. After this dramatic re-telling, students explore the museum exhibits at their own pace.

At the National Civil War Museum, a group of highly skilled reenactors host a variety of hands – on activities where kids get a better picture of life during the war. Areas to explore include musket firing, marching in formation, a signal corps station, and a surgery station. Kids will love the museum scavenger hunt!

A licensed battlefield tour guide will board each bus as we embark on a two hour tour of the town and battlefield of Gettysburg. History will come alive as the students get out and explore the infamous Peach Orchard, Devil’s Den, and the site of Pickett’s Charge. These guides are awesome with kids, bringing history to life with sensational stories and fun activities.

The Pennsylvania State Capitol Building is home to the PA House and Senate chambers and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The beauty and art of this majestic building serve as the backdrop for a lesson in Pennsylvania history and state government.

At Hershey’s Chocolate World, you’ll learn how chocolate is made on the chocolate world ride. Browse the gift shop for souvenirs to bring home to family and friends.  For an extra cost. you can make your own chocolate bar or Hershey Sundae.

Saturday fun includes a pizza dinner party, then dodgeball,volleyball, games, and a run/walking track at a local YMCA.

Trip Cost

  • $340 per student covers transportation, admissions, lodging, and meals. $30 of the cost is a school-required trip insurance that guarantees a full refund if we have to cancel the trip, or if your student is unable to go, for any reason.
  • Trip limited to 180 students on 4 coach buses.
  • Registration begins Sunday, February 13 at 7 am. Deadline is February 22, but the trip may sell out earlier.
  • Full payment is required to register.
  • Payments can be made on this site by check or credit card.

Hotel & Roommates

We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Gettysburg.  This newer hotel has clean comfy rooms with cable TV, blow dryer, and 2 queen beds.  

Students choose their own roommates using a form that will be distributed on February 22 in Social Studies class. Return roommate forms by March 2 to Ms. Carlson.

3-4 students per room.  We will accommodate 2 in a room if the hotel has enough rooms.  You can request this when you submit your roommate form, along with $30  per student to cover the added expense.  

Meals & Money

Our meal plan:

Breakfast: Not included – send healthy snacks on bus.
Lunch:  Subway cold cut trio or turkey 6″ sub, chips, dessert, & water.
Dinner: All-you-can eat pizza + soda.

Breakfast  hotel hot buffet
Lunch:  A hearty lunch at the Pike Restaurant, including chicken, spaghetti, salad, corn, rolls, drinks, and dessert.

If you have special dietary needs, bring food that is safe for you.  We can store a coller under the bus, if needed. 

Spending money:  $30-$50 will be enough for vending and small souvenirs.  More will be needed if you plan to purchase T-shirts or sweatshirts.

Food and beverages are permitted on the buses and in hotel rooms.  Our first meal is lunch on Saturday. Eat breakfast before you leave or bring something easy to eat on the bus.  Only drinks with resealable containers are allowed.  Students are expected to discard waste and keep buses and rooms clean. If not, snack privileges will be revoked.

Packing & Preparing

What to Bring:
Take all items on board the bus that you plan to use throughout the day, including phones, jackets, spending money, snacks/drinks.  If you want gym clothes for the evening activities at the YMCA, bring those on the bus, too.

Everything you’ll need at the hotel (sleepwear, toiletries, games, more snacks & drinks) goes in a bag that can be put in the under-bus storage.  You won’t be able to access it throughout the day.

Medication:  must be given to the chaperones before boarding.

Weather:  We will be outside and walking A LOT!  Wear comfortable shoes.  Check the forecast and bring the right clothes, including jacket/rain coats.

Phones and other screens:   Students are responsible for their possessions, so use discretion.  Label these items with name and parent phone number in case they are misplaced.

Music and video: Must be played through headphones. No flash photography after dark.  No laser lights.  Movies rated G or PG only.

What NOT to Bring:  Don’t bring anything that isn’t allowed at school. You and your luggage will pass through metal detectors and will be searched thoroughly before boarding the buses.  Please triple check that there are no items that would be prohibited in school, or you may not be able to attend the trip.

Student Behavior

  • Students are expected to abide by all applicable school policies while on this trip.
  • The District has the right to deny a student from participating based on disciplinary or other issues that arise before the trip (e.g., fighting, bullying, etc.).
  • The “Good Night” time on the itinerary is the last time that any student will be permitted in the hotel hallways.  Errands, such as obtaining soft drinks, ice, or asking questions of the chaperones must be carried out before that time.
  • Butler staff and students have gone on the Gettysburg field trip for decades.  They’ve always been well received by the hotel, restaurants, and tour sites visited.  Help us keep up our good reputation!


Student Safety is the most important aspect of this tour. The following procedures are in place to ensure safe travels:

  • Masks are required by the Federal Government on buses and at all stops. School exemptions do not apply. 
  • Students may not attend if they show any signs of illness.
  • Chaperones and tour coordinators have required clearances. Most are district employees who know the students and are familiar with the places we visit.
  • Experienced tour coordinators travel with the group at all times. They explain meeting times, places, etc. in advance of each stop. They will alert students and chaperones to any changes that need to be made, and are in contact with the bus drivers at all times.
  • Students travel in groups with their roommates and their bus chaperones.
  • The places we visit have strict security and/or police on site.
  • Hotel rooms do not have exterior exits. Hotel rooms have landline phones and students are told how to contact chaperones during the night.
  • A security guard is present all night. Mechanisms are put in place to ensure students do not visit one another’s rooms during the night.
  • Only experienced drivers are used, and we strictly follow federal laws pertaining to driver safety.


Jess Carlson, History Teacher
724-214-3400, ext.5543
Denise Casher, School Liaison

724-214-3405 (office)
724-822-1208 (mobile)

Rebecca Green, Tour Coordinator