First Time Campers Program Volunteering (Spring 2018)
Thank you for your interest in volunteering. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is sponsoring a camp out for 5th & 6th grade first-time or novice campers who may not otherwise have the opportunity to camp or may be underserved. The Spring camp out is scheduled for Sunday and Monday, April 15-16, 2018.
As a follow up to seven very successful events in the past three years, the Wolf Trap National Parks Service, local Boy Scouts Troop 55 and the Friends of Wolf Trap have enhanced our program designed specifically for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls. This is a unique experience as camping is not usually permitted at the Wolf Trap National Park. We have a special permit to conduct this program. Our intent is to provide youth who do not have extensive camping experience the opportunity to learn to appreciate the great outdoors and gain a sense of independence.
The First Time Campers Program has been recognized as the VolunteerFairfax Youth Program for 2017. This is an opportunity for youth to learn to become comfortable with the outdoors, have fun and build confidence, while not venturing too far from home. This is also a great way for parents to learn to become more comfortable that their child can thrive independently.
The program provides tents for the event for the elementary school campers and local Boy Scout Troop 55 will be lending some troop gear (stoves and Dutch ovens). Scouts will lead a campout program for the participants which will include instructing on camp set up, working with gas camp stoves, cooking & clean up instructions, exploring the beauty of the nature park, conducting community service, participating in camp fire (under special permit) activities such as skits and smores, and completing a back stage tour of the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Filenes Center.
Activities planned for the camp out experience include: archery, fly fishing, bird watching, nature tours, community service, and performances on the local stages.
All volunteers must complete the BSA Youth Protection Training (Available at http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx) and must present their certificates via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the event.
Volunteer Orientation and Training will be conducted at the Wolf Trap NPS Ranger Headquarters on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 4pm - 6pm. Please also be aware that volunteers should report to the NPS Ranger Headquarters at 7pm on April 14, 2018 for final planning orientation prior to the actual event and are encouraged to camp over night with the rest of the team.
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (View)
1551 Trap Rd
Vienna, VA 22182
|Minimum Age: 10|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|