April 2017 Camp Out
The Wolf Trap First Time camper tradition of camping in the rain was continued during the 22-23 April 2017 event. Twenty-nine Fairfax County 5th & 6th graders including 18 Title I kids participated. Campers learned how to put up their tents and cooked/cleaned up after their meals. The campers participated in archery, fly casting, bird watching, pollinator study, a Filene Center backstage tour, a short hike, & invasive plant removal. The heavy rain on Saturday did not seem to dampen their enthusiasm. Fortunately, the rain moved out on Sunday for the hiking, backstage tour, invasive plant removal, & animal antics activities.
Super Activities were presented by: Archery for Scouts, Orvis Tysons, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, Green Spring Master Gardeners, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, & Friends of Wolf Trap.
This was the sixth camp out sponsored by Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts which are held in the spring & fall outside the performance season. Great Falls based Boy Scout Troop 55 & Venture Crew 364 youth leaders ran the camp out supported by adult leaders.
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.