In April, BSA Troop 55 (Great Falls, VA) got presented the Volunteer Award by Ms. Franice Sewell, the Supervisory Park Ranger from the North District of the George Washington Memorial Parkway National Park Services. Troop 55 was honored for community service, stewardship, and partnership with the Great Falls National Park (VA).
For many years, Troop 55B & 55G scouts and scouters have supported this neighboring national park with many Eagle Scout projects, Leave No Trace (LNT) education sessions, Cub Scout Day at the Park, as well as three years of biweekly litter pick up projects during the nation’s COVID-19 challenge. Currently, Troop 55 has five Eagle Scout candidates working with the Great Falls National Park on their Eagle projects.
Scout Thomas Y. (LNT project lead) and Drew K. (Litter pick up project lead) represented Troop 55 and received the award from Ranger Sewell, along with Troop 55 Eagle Scout advisor Mrs. Kristie Kim and Scoutmaster Jeff Ye (Troop 55B).
In addition to the Great Falls National Parks, Troop 55 volunteers supported many local, regional, and national parks with many service projects: Wolf Trap National Park, Daingerfield Island National Park, River Bend Regional Park, Sandy Run Regional Park, Fairfax Difficult Run Stream Park, Great Falls Grange Park, and South Run Park, to name a few.