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NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY ANNOUNCES $25,000 GRANT TO BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

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Date: September 22, 2010
Contact: Dr. Christina E. Smith, 662-840-7560

MS,AL, TN: The Natchez Trace Parkway is pleased to announce that it has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Yocona Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The grant was made possible through the Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative (LMDI). The BSA will use the grant to create a pioneering program at Camp Yocona, the council camp which serves 12 counties in northeast Mississippi. Through the program, Scouts will be able to study and experience various pioneer activities such as blacksmithing, Native American and folk pottery, period arts and crafts, music, native plants and animals, ecology, and regional history. The program will also enable Scouts to earn merit badges in metal working, music, rifle (black powder), and American Heritage.

"The Boy Scouts play an important role in shaping youth education and connecting them to the outdoors," said Superintendent Cameron Sholly. "We are proud to continue our partnership with this great organization."

If you would like more information regarding the pioneer program, please contact Mitch Johnson at 662-842-2871.

To learn more about the Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative, please contact Dr. Christina E. Smith at e-mail us or 662-840-7560.

Did You Know?

Emerald Mound, Mississippi

Emerald Mound is the largest Mississippian Period ceremonial mound along the Natchez Trace Parkway, and covers nearly eight acres.