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June 23, 2014
For Immediate Release
Catoctin Mountain Park Volunteers Win National Park Service Regional Awards
The National Park Service, National Capital Region, has announced that Catoctin Mountain Park Volunteer, H. H. "Jim" Robbins and Troop 270 Boy Scouts of America, have won 2012 - 2013 George B. Hartzog Awards for the National Capital Region. The regional awards ceremony was held Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland on June 4.
BSA Troop 270
BSA Troop 270 received the Regional Outstanding Volunteer Youth Group Award. As one of the largest and most active scout troops in Frederick County, Troop 270 epitomizes the mandates of the Boy Scout Law. Three generations of scouts, parents and grandparents of Troop 270 worked side by side at a variety of projects including: annual preparation of the Poplar Grove Youth Tenting Area; trail maintenance and repair, invasive plant removal and building demolition. The troop is ready and willing to answer all park requests for help regardless of the weather, physical requirements or timing.
H.H. "Jim" Robbins
Jim Robbins was named the Outstanding Individual Regional Volunteer for the time period May 2012 through September 2013. Jim is the quintessential volunteer, dedicating most of his waking hours to environmental stewardship. Jim works with multiple Frederick County youth organizations to find fun and innovative ways to get at risk young people outdoors, and to teach them about nature and the importance of public service. Jim has recruited local service clubs to become Catoctin Mountain Park partners. Jim guides the park's primary Friends Group, the Catoctin Forest Alliance and was recently named President of that group. He has been an integral part of the expanding youth and educational program at Catoctin Mountain Park and to the programs that are bringing new and diverse audiences to Catoctin Mountain Park.
About the Award
George B. Hartzog led the National Park Service from 1964 to 1972. As Director, he recognized the need to make it easier for citizens to donate their time and talents to the NPS and pushed through legislation creating the Volunteers- In-Parks Program. The National Park Service created the Hartzog Awards to honor volunteers' hard work, and draw attention to their vast skills and contributions. These awards distinguish individuals or groups who give of their skills, talents, and time beyond the normal call of duty.
BSA Troop 270 and Jim Robbins are competing for the National Hartzog Awards in their category. The national winners will be announced in Washington, DC, on June 25, 2014.
Catoctin Mountain Park is one of over 400 units administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The park Visitor Center, located on State Route 77 three miles west of Thurmont, Maryland, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and until 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Correspondence should be addressed to: Superintendent, Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. Our website address is www.nps.gov/cato. General information can be obtained by calling the Visitor Center at (301) 663-9388.