HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreations has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Friends of Hunterdon Arrowhead District Award for offering exceptional virtual programming for residents, according to Freeholder John E. Lanza.
Lanza, the Board’s Parks liaison, said, “Being recognized for this BSA District Award, especially during unprecedented times, exemplifies the commitment our Parks and Recreation Division staff have for their role in the county. This year has seen our county parks closed, programs either cancelled or being switched to a virtual format and being able to retain quality programs, in spite of those challenges, is a daunting task.”
The Washington Crossing Council website explains that the Arrowhead award is given annually to an organization that demonstrates exceptional support and devotion to the youth of Hunterdon County. It is a prestigious honor from the Boy Scouts of America that serves to recognize the best of the best within the community.
Dan Bush, Parks and Recreation Division Head, said, “The Washington Crossing Council Boy Scouts of America nominated the County’s Division of Parks and Recreation for the ability to continually offer opportunities for youth to demonstrate leadership, to learn, and to grow in an outdoor environment and noted our years of service, support and commitment to the scouting youth in the community. We are honored to have been chosen as this year’s recipient.”
Assisting local organized groups, Parks and Recreation has added virtual nature and recreation programs, with topics such as wildlife, camping skills, crafting and virtual nature walks, helping the community stay active and safe during this period of social distancing.
“The Freeholder Board greatly appreciates all of the Park’s employees for their uninterrupted quality service to Hunterdon’s youth. The county has been able to continue providing nature and park programs throughout 2020 and we applaud their innovative programs which have helped Hunterdon County youth stay active and learning during the pandemic,” Lanza said.
Hunterdon County’s programs are free, but some may include a cost for supplies. To schedule a program, the Parks Division can be contacted at 908-782-1158 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available on the Park’s webpage.