One Common Unity Brings Youth, Parents and Adult Professionals to End of Year Summer Retreat

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Date: August 12, 2014

Catoctin Mountain Park News Release

August 12, 2014
For Immediate Release
Park Ranger Debra Mills (301) 663-9388

Official News Release

One Common Unity Brings Youth, Parents and Adult Professionals to End of Year Summer Retreat

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, 40 DC urban youth journeyed to Camp Round Meadow in Catoctin Mountain Park as part of The Fly By Light: Discover Your True Nature (FBL) program, a pilot partnership with the NPS National Capital Region (NCR) parks, which provides vulnerable D.C. youth with safe spaces in which they learn to express themselves emotionally and artistically. Children have diminishing opportunities to learn and play in natural settings which are particularly critical to their emotional and intellectual development as young adults. During Fly By Light Retreat youth are engaged in programming that provides safe spaces where they develop a sense of efficacy and self-esteem while learning the skills necessary to resolve conflict and communicate nonviolently to become responsible, emotionally literate adults who are the environmental stewards of our future.The Fly By Light curriculum fosters arts-based peace education workshops to inspire inquiry, intellectual creativity, self-expression, empowerment and emotional literacy through inter-generational dialogues and workshops in nature.

The 40 Fly By Light youth come from all 4 quadrants of the District of Columbia. National Park Service representatives are participating in the week-long workshops, along with 25 adult professionals and facilitators. Other partners with One Common Unity include Embrace DC with Faith Hunter and Flow Yoga Center.

The National Park Service and One Common Unity were one of 39 national parks selected to receive a 2014 America's Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Inspired by Ken Burns' critically acclaimed documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," this program builds partnerships between national parks and community, state, and other public organizations, and engages diverse audiences in meaningful and relevant ways with national parks and inspires participants to become stewards of our National Park System.

Media coverage is not permitted in Camp Round Meadow, except at departure time, 12 noon on Thursday, August 14. Filming and interviews with departing students is also encouraged at the Columbia Heights Multicultural Education Center, 3101 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009.Buses are scheduled to arrive at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, August 14.

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 information can be obtained by calling the Visitor Center at (301) 663-9388.

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