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Scout Builds Recycling Center for New Germany State Park

Grantsville, Md. (August 15, 2011) —  A new recycling center is now available for campers and cabin guests at New Germany State Park, thanks to 17-year-old Boy Scout Sean Truly, who chose to design and construct the center as his Eagle Scout Project.

“The recycling center is a wonderful addition to the park,” said Ranger Elena Bode of New Germany. “We’re delighted that Sean chose to complete his Eagle Project here at New Germany.”

Sean, along with help from a team of volunteers and fellow Scouts from Troop 24 of Frostburg, built the recycling center as his Eagle Project, making him eligible to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout – the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. 

The recycling center is located near the maintenance shop, and allows for recycling of aluminum cans, newspaper, plastic, and glass. 

Those who contributed to the project include Ray Kiddy, Steve Shaw, Jim Williams, Ross Kiddy, Garrett Kiddy, Luke Skidmore, Brandon Blank, Tommy Hughes, Heath Bice, Daniel Jones, Frankie Haupt, Frostburg American Legion Farrady Post 24, Frostburg American Legion Auxiliary Unit 24, Bill Miller Equipment, LaVale Lowes, and Sean’s family, Mike, Kim, and Amanda Truly. 

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

   August 15, 2011

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