Work Day May 2018 (Posted: May 5, 2018)Many volunteers came to the Chapter on May 5, 2018 to help with spring chores. We had a number split out to perform our Adopt-a-Highway commitment on Orange Plan Road near the Wilderness battlefield. See separate report in the Conservation tab. Many bags of trash were collected by the crew.
Back at the grounds a number of volunteers completed the stone (rip rap) laying on the casueway and then spread some Livingston blend soil conditioner to prepare the top roadway for seeding which should be done the following week. Here are some photos of the causeway and the crew
October Pumpkin Painting at the Chapterhouse posted: October 30, 2017At the Chapterhouse this past Sunday Nona Rector assisted by Shannon Christopher, hosted a Pumpkin Painting activity. The children had a great time. First they painted their pumpkins and then they decorated, and ate, pumpkin cookies.
Find a batch of photos at our Facebook page.
August 2017 Work Day posted: August 5, 2017The August Workday was a beautiful day at the chapter and for the second month in a row the workday was well attended and lots of work was accomplished. The range berms and the brush along Herndon Road which was blocking the view of the oncoming traffic was trimmed. The grass was cut and a number of volunteers answered the call to pick up rock and debris in the area of the ponds so more soil and grass seed might be planted later in the month. For the third weekend a small group of builders were made busy with assembling the new playset. It is nearing completion as illustrated in these photos and the construction only lacked an addition of a straight slide and the raising of two roofs. The swing set is well designed but is definitely made for the smaller sized children. Adults are asked to evaluate the playset and the size and skill of their children before allowing them to use the playset. Please await notice that the set is ready as there is intended to be an area filled with clean mulch before the unit is considered complete and ready for use.
Virginia Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
Children across the United States today have far more “screen time” than “green time.” This not only affects children’s physical and mental health, it also prevents children from developing a love of nature.
League members adopted a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights as a gesture of support for youth and the outdoor opportunities they need. Outdoor recreation – particularly unstructured play – will help children grow up to love the out-of-doors and want to protect it for their own children.
Our Virginia Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights will guide our efforts to ensure that every child has the opportunity to explore the outdoors, camp under the stars, swim in lakes, learn to safely use firearms, use a bow and arrow, catch a fish, and get their hands dirty in a garden.
Accordingly, many of the activities sponsored by the Fred-Rapp IWLA Chapter and conducted at the Chapter grounds are focused towards providing the youth of our region an opportunity to experience the great outdoors and the wonders it offers. See here for a VA Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights poster illustrating these rights for our children of Virginia.