Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts sponsors a camp out for Fairfax County 5th & 6th graders in the spring and fall when there are no regular performances scheduled.
The camp out helps 5th & 6th grade campers learn new skills, demonstrate that outdoor activities can be fun, teach them about different aspects on nature, foster a meaningful connection to the natural world, and are an alternative to video games & texting.
Camping Skills: setting up tents, cooking meals in the open (Dutch Oven, camp stoves), Leave No Trace, overnight experience, camp fire skits, animal antics, and promote the health of both the camper & nature.
Other outdoor Activities: archery; fly casting; pollinators; gardening; a hike featuring Dimple Meadow, Deer Exclusion area, Uplands, Farm Pond, Wetland area; birding: What to look for, how to identify, binoculars; team work; backstage tour (possible theater employment); robotics.
This is a youth leadership training opportunity that allows youth leaders to practice the skills they learn in the scouting program.
Wolf Trap demonstrates it is participating in the NPS Every Kid in a Park & is connecting with under served youth.
Breaking News: The Wolf Trap First Time Campers Program has been honored with the 2017 Fairfax County Volunteer Fairfax Volunteer Service Award in the Volunteer Program category. Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-11th District) has entered the program into the Congressional Record.