Second Annual Frederick County Outdoor School Reunion at Camp Greentop

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Date: March 27, 2014

Catoctin Mountain Park News Release

March 27, 2014
For Immediate Release
Debra Mills

Catoctin Mountain Park to Host the Second Annual Frederick County Outdoor School Reunion at Camp Greentop

News Release

On April 5, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Catoctin Mountain Park is partnering with Catoctin High School to present a reunion of the Frederick County Outdoor School alumni as part of the National Park Foundation's Park Stewards program.The Park Stewards Program launched in 2009, gives high school teachers and students the opportunity to explore how national parks are relevant to their lives. The program enables them to become civically engaged stewards of their national parks. High school teachers and park rangers work together to develop curriculum and service-learning activities benefitting the students and the parks. The Catoctin High students will apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to collect oral histories documenting the history and impact of the Frederick County Outdoor School Program that operated at Camp Greentop from 1957 until 1996.

The Outdoor School Reunion will be held in an open house setting at Camp Greentop from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 and will provide opportunities for Outdoor School alumni to revisit Camp Greentop, share their outdoor school memories, and tour this special place with family and friends. Catoctin High School National Park Club members will be on-site to conduct oral history interviews with alumni willing to record their memories as a way of documenting the activities and impact of the Outdoor School program. Former Outdoor School principal Eddie Main will staff a display of Camp Greentop memorabilia The day will feature opportunities to interact with former Outdoor School students, teachers and principals and to participate in activities reminiscent of camp activities.

Activities include recognition of Outdoor School alumni at 9:30, 10:30. 1:30 and 2:30. Members of Boy Scout Troop 270 will manage a campfire from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. that will be available for visitors who would like to roast hot dogs and marshmallows brought from home. Former teacher Avadna Coghill, known to many as "Pocahontas" will tell Ken the Wardog and other stories at the Rec Hall at 2:00 p.m.. Selected camp buildings will be open for self-guided tours throughout the event.

Outdoor School alumni willing to share pictures, letters or other memorabilia from their experiences at Camp Greentop are encouraged to bring these items to the reunion. Catoctin High Students will scan the pictures and documents and photograph other memorabilia. The electronic versions will become part of the Catoctin Mountain Park Historic Archive. All items will remain in the possession of their owners. Please visit the Facebook page, "Frederick County Outdoor School Reunion at Catoctin Mountain Park" to share your thoughts and learn more about the day's events.

Catoctin Mountain Park is one of over 400 units administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Correspondence should be addressed to: Superintendent, Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. Our website address is Visitor Center is open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. Emergency calls should be directed to the National Capital Region Communications Center at 1-866-677-6677.

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