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April 2019 First Time Camper Program Registration is Now Open

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Please use the above links for participant and volunteer (youth and adult) registration, and to pay the applicable fees.

Spring 2019 Program Brochures:

All registrants will receive a Welcome Packet email with additional program details and forms.

  • Stay tuned for an updated list of Program documents and downloads!

This program is for 5th & 6th grade first-time or novice campers who may not otherwise have the opportunity to camp or may be underserved. The Spring camp out is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, 2019.

This is our 10th event - following nine very successful events in the past five years, the Wolf Trap National Parks Service, local Scouts BSA Troop 55 and the Friends of Wolf Trap have enhanced our program designed specifically for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls. This is a unique experience as camping is not usually permitted at Wolf Trap. We have a special permit to conduct this program. Our intent is to provide youth who do not have extensive camping experience the opportunity to learn to appreciate the great outdoors and gain a sense of independence.

The First Time Campers Program has been recognized as the Volunteer Fairfax Youth Program for 2017. This is an opportunity for youth to learn to become comfortable with the outdoors, have fun and build confidence, while not venturing too far from home. This is also a great way for parents to learn to become more comfortable that their child can thrive independently.

The program provides tents for the event for the campers and local Boy Scout Troop 55 will be lending some troop gear (stoves and Dutch ovens). Scouts will lead a campout program for the participants which will include instructing on camp set up, working with gas camp stoves, cooking & clean up instructions, exploring the beauty of the nature park, conducting community service, participating in camp fire (under special permit) activities such as skits and smores, and completing a back stage tour of the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Filenes Center.

Enrollment is limited to only 48 participants and we will have over 30 volunteers (Scout/Venture/NPS/Community Youth and Adults) to help administer the program. The Wolf Trap National Park Service is the primary sponsor with the support of the local Boy Scouts and the Friends of Wolf Trap.

If you sign up on the wait list you will be notified if space is available and you will be instructed on how to fully register for this event.

Support a Camper by Donating to the FTC Program
Would you like to donate toward a campership or to support the First Time Camper program?  Click the Donate link below >>

Note:  First Time Camper sponsorship and donations are facilitated by FTC co-organizer, Friends of Wolf Trap.