Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 27, 2013
National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is proud to answer Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s call to help ‘feed the hungry’ and ‘heal the planet’ as part of this year’s Day to Serve occurring September 15-29. Day to Serve is “a unique annual event that transcends politics and religious differences,” uniting “people of all faiths, races, cultures and backgrounds with the shared goal of helping those in need and improving the communities” in which we all live. The event began in 2012 as a collaboration between the governors of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the mayor of DC when they each “set aside political differences” to work together on this important humanitarian effort.
Scouts from across the Commonwealth of Virginia are eagerly signing up to participate by registering to volunteer for an established service project or creating their own project to help their local community. To help meet the challenge, and in honor of National Public Lands Day, NCAC has proudly partnered with the Bureau of Land Management at Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area to offer local Scouts an exciting volunteer opportunity. On Saturday, September 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., young Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will help restore the lands and paint boundary fences at the recreation destination located at Mustang Trailhead, 10702 Harley Road, Lorton, Va. The park is situated on the Mason Neck Peninsula in Fairfax County with 800 acres of forests and meadows and 15 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
“We’re grateful for the Boy Scouts’ participation in this important effort across the Commonwealth of Virginia,” says Governor McDonnell. “The Boy Scouts contribute much to our communities and I’m continually encouraged by their commitment to stewardship.”
As one of the largest youth-serving organizations in the Washington Metropolitan Area, NCAC inspires its young members to a sense of community responsibility while teaching them the importance of participatory citizenship through year-round service projects. Examples of local projects include assisting with blood drives, building or rebuilding community trails, greeting veterans flown to D.C. on Honor Flights, collecting clothing and wellbeing items for re-distribution to those in need, properly disposing of American flags and, of course, collecting non-perishable food items for local food pantries during the annual Scouting for Food campaign every fall. Day to Serve capitalizes on these lessons by showing how much can be achieved when a community works together.
NCAC encourages Virginia residents to join the Scouts by visiting http://www.DaytoServe.org and signing up to participate. To learn more about NCAC’s participation in Day to Serve across the D.C, Maryland and Virginia, please visit http://www.NCACBSA.org/DaytoServe.
About Boy Scouts of America & National Capital Area Council
Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be Prepared. For Life.™ The Scouting organization is composed of 2.6 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and more than a million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more, please visit http://www.Scouting.org.
National Capital Area Council was organized in 1911 and today stands as one of the oldest and largest councils in America. The Council territory includes the District of Columbia; Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland; the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Stafford and Culpeper as well as the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg in Virginia; and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, please visit http://www.NCACBSA.org.