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Help a Child Explore the Great Outdoors This Summer

A week of hiking, crafts, sports, exploration, and learning can make every child’s summer a memorable one. But such an experience remains out-of-reach to many children in Loudoun County, in spite of the county’s reported status as one of the wealthiest in the nation.

Morven Park, the 1,000-acre historic site located on the northern edge of Leesburg, hopes to make that memorable week a reality for 15 local youth this summer, setting a fundraising goal of $3,600 to make that possible.

“A donation of $240 will cover the cost of one week of camp for a child,” said Morven Park’s Manager of Public Programs Jackie Wright, who oversees the site’s “KaMP,” which stands for “Kids at Morven Park.” “We’ve had parents tell us that their children have been to many different camps but that this one was their favorite.”

Camp scholarships will be awarded based purely on financial need. Any family applying for a camp session may also apply for a scholarship, but Morven Park also will work with local relief agencies to identify prospective scholarship recipients.

Summer KaMP offers three sessions this year, all of which are full-day programs. Sessions include activities such as vegetable gardening, hiking Morven Park’s woodland trails, playing sports on the site’s new athletic fields, learning about the history of the two-century-old manor and other historic buildings, exploring vernal pools and other wildlife habitats, and even doing some finger painting with a beautiful pony serving as the canvas.

Anyone interested in donating full, partial, or multiple scholarships for summer campers can contact Development Director Suzanne Musgrave at 703-777-2414 ext. 6610 or at smusgrave@morvenpark.org. Or, download the donation form here: https://morvenparkorg.presencehost.net/file_download/76348c94-b0be-44bc-a765-12cb6a3d6806

Morven Park preserves and advances the ideals of its final owner, Gov. Westmoreland Davis: civic responsibility, sustainable agriculture, and preservation of historic and natural resources. Its educational and recreational programming utilizes the site’s 1,000 acres of woodlands, pastures, and open spaces as well as three museums and a sports/equestrian complex. The non-profit organization receives no ongoing support from federal, state, or local governments, and donations are tax-deductible.