They arrived in the park last Sunday and are finishing up a full week of hard work at Claytor Lake State Park. This is no ordinary group of girls. This is the Claytor Lake State Park Youth Conservation Corps crew.
Ten girls from across Virginia came together to spend their summer vacation a different way. Instead of sitting in front of the TVor computer, going to summer camp, or getting a traditional job, they chose to LEARN and SERVE. They will LEARN about the environment, the conservation of natural resources and the local history and culture of the area surrounding Claytor Lake State Park. They will SERVE the people of Virginia by making a difference in this treasured state park.
This video from WSLSChannel 10 News shows the girls at work.
Three adult supervisors are leading this group of young women. Lillian Ledford is the Lead Supervisor and was also the Lead Supervisor of the First Landing program last session. Michelle Filliater had been in the program five years, including time as a crewmember. This summer she is also working at Chippokes Plantation State Park when not supervising this crew. Amber Stramel has been working for Leesylvania State Park and is serving as a Supervisor for the first time.
More pictures of the girls at work can be found in this slideshow. As they continue to add pictures the next two weeks, the pictures will be added to the show.
For more information on our Youth Conservation Corps, please check out our webpage. Specific information and applications for the 2010 program will be available January 1. We have posted lots of blogs on our YCC program, for more posts, use the search feature at the side of the blog and type YCC.