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Free Visitor WAKE-UP Reception July 3

The HCVB Visitor Wake-Up Receptions continue each Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. through August 14, 2012, at the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center in the Seven Points Recreation Area.

The Wake-Up Reception series is a great place to learn all about the fun things to do and great places to visit in the Raystown Lake Region. The series continues with special events planned each week on Tuesdays through August 14.

Each visitor reception typically includes 14-22 displays and door prizes from area attractions, eateries, and shops; free snacks while supplies last, a door prize drawing for a free pass for two to take Seven Points Marina’s Sightseeing Tour aboard the Princess Lake Cruiser on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, July 3:
  • Special guest poet Gabriel Welsch reading from his book
    “The Death of Flying Things”
  • Food sponsor Standing Stone Coffee Company
About “The Death of Flying Things”
Welsch’s third collection of poems, The Death of Flying Things moves through three seasons in Pennsylvania’s breathtaking center. Within, read what it feels like to ride the oldest roller coaster in the world (located in Altoona), hear the roiling tensions at the bar near Malcolm Cowley’s birthplace (in Cambria County), consider the threat and fragility of flowers, hear what smoke means in November in Pennsylvania, and note the unlikely combination of black walnuts and baseball.

Upcoming Wake-Up events:

Tuesday, July 10 

Special guest TBD
Food sponsor: Walmart of Huntingdon
Tuesday, July 17
Special guest artist Leah Davis Dell of Vintage Art Glass and The Foxy Grape with “Stained glass treasures of Huntingdon County”
Food sponsor Hoss’s Steak & Sea House Huntingdon
Tuesday, July 24
TBD

Tuesday, July 31

Special guest Standing Stone Coffee Company discussing “Coffee from bean-in-the-field to cup-in-your-hand”
Food sponsor TBD
Tuesday, August  7
Children’s Book Author Amanda Jenkins with her book “The Italian Hand Story”
Tuesday, August 14
Special guest TBD
Food sponsor Fairfield Inn & Suites Huntingdon Raystown Lake
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Girl Scout Centennial

Today marks the anniversary of Juliette Gordon Low’s first meeting of Girl Scouts in Savannah, Georgia, 100 years ago.  Since that first meeting of 18 young ladies, the Girl Scouts have grown into a worldwide movement with 3.2 million adult and youth members.  The Girl Scouts have been building character, confidence and courage in girls for a century, and are well positioned to be doing that for the next century and beyond. (http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/facts/).

The first Girl Scout troop in our local Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Council area was organized in Harrisburg in 1917.  In Huntingdon County, a group of attractions has been working together for the past 4 years to develop and promote programming specifically for Girl Scout groups.

Camp Golden Pond is a Girl Scout camp located just north of Petersburg, near Rothrock State Forest.  The camp has year-round facilities and summer programming for Girl Scouts.

 

Scout Out Huntingdon County 100 Miles of Heritage patch with all five segments.

Scout Out Huntingdon County: 100 Miles of Heritage is a biking, hiking, and paddling trail system that is designed to be completed in five weekends, or if your group prefers, tackle any three contiguous legs of the trail to earn the 50-Miler Award.  This program features a central patch and a segment for each leg of the system.  As your Scouts complete a leg, they earn the appropriate segment.  The trail utilizes existing trails, rivers, and minor roadways to link interactive attractions, natural sites, historic sites, and campgrounds, giving the Scouts a unique learning adventure that is appropriate for their skill/achievement level.

Badge Programs are offered by a number of attractions in Huntingdon County, and nearby.  Some of our attractions specifically cater to Scout groups.  Here are some that we highly recommend:

  • Lincoln Caverns, 3 miles west of Huntingdon, offers unique programming for all levels of Girl Scouts that explore the geology and natural world of caves.  Lincoln Caverns also offers primitive camping to youth groups at its Warrior Ridge Campground.
  • Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, located about half-way between Petersburg and Pine Grove Mills also offers Scout programs for all ages.  With it’s Raptor Center, nature trails, pavilions and regular programming, this is a great place for Scouting weekends any time of the year.
  • Fort Roberdeau, located in the Sinking Valley section of eastern Blair County offers the unique opportunity for Scouts to live and dress like soldiers and citizens would have during the Revolutionary War.  The historic site is also a county park with nature trails, a visitors center, pavilions and more.
  • Old Bedford Village, located north of Bedford, offers Scouts the chance to experience 18th and 19th century life in Pennsylvania.  Group programs include period appropriate trade immersion and crafts.
  • Indian Caverns, located along Route 45 east of Spruce Creek, offers badge programs for grades 2-3, the “Eco-Explorer” Try-it and the “Watching Wildlife” Try-it. For grades 4-5, the “Wildlife” Badge and the “Rocks Rock” Badge.  One unique program at Indian Caverns lets the Scouts actually spend the night in the cave!

Many other sites in the Raystown Lake Region provide opportunities for Scouts to advance, or complete partial requirements for

badges.  If you would like to learn more about bringing your Scouts to the area, call the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau at 888-729-7869.

Happy Scouting!

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Lincoln Caverns & Whisper Rocks Opens Daily for 82nd Season March 1, 2012

Lauren & HannahLincoln Caverns & Whisper Rocks, near Huntingdon and Raystown Lake, is proud to announce the opening of its 82nd season. Beginning March 1, tours are offered throughout the spring, seven days a week, from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM each day. Extended summer hours begin Memorial Day weekend with the last tour starting at 5:00 PM, and July 1 through Labor Day with the last tour at 6:00 PM. Visitors are treated to a one hour interpretive tour through two spectacular crystal caverns, Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks. Always a pleasant 52°, tours can be enjoyed anytime, rain or shine. No reservations are necessary to experience this unique underground environment. During the leisurely walk through the two caverns guests of all ages enjoy exploring winding passageways and splendid rooms surrounded by the widest variety of speleothems, or cave formations, in Pennsylvania. Professional cavern interpreters share the fascinating story of the geology and discovery of the caverns.

Lincoln Caverns specializes in educational programs for schools, Scouts, and other organized groups. Package tours for 2012 include Geo Packs for schools and youth groups, Ultimate Underground Birthdays, and complete badge programs for Scouts featuring a variety of activity choices, including “An Introduction To Speleology” pre-tour program, ‘Geoworks’ hands-on workshops, panning for real gems, and overnight programs in the learning center. Lincoln Caverns’ indoor learning center makes programming possible year round, regardless of the weather.

Several popular special events are planned for the 2012 season; Discovery Days, June 23 & 24, celebrates 80 years of discovery and Dunlavy family history with special historic tours and workshops and crafts offered throughout the weekend. Lincoln Caverns’ 29th Annual Ghosts and Goblins tours are coming Fridays and Saturdays in October with a brand new tour and theme for 2012. The summer months feature Kids Cave Kamp, Photography Tours and Flashlight Adventures.

Whether traveling with a family or an organized group, Lincoln Caverns offers informal, personalized tours, plus various other amenities, making the visit a memorable one. Warrior Ridge Campground, picnic pavilions, nature trails, gem panning, and Raystown Country’s largest souvenir and gift shop are also located on the premises.

Lincoln Caverns is located just three miles west of Huntingdon, PA, near Raystown Lake. Group leaders, teachers, and individuals interested in Lincoln Caverns’ tours and educational offerings are invited to call(814)643-0268, FAX (814)643-1358, visit our website at www.lincolncaverns.com or write: 7703 William Penn Hwy., Huntingdon, PA 16652, for more information.

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BATFEST This Weekend at Lincoln Caverns

Lincoln Caverns, near Huntingdon, PA, presents its special brand of Valentine Weekend fun with its sixth annualBATFEST on Saturday, February 11, 2012, from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM.  During over five hours of informative fun, participants develop a deeper appreciation for Pennsylvania’s most fascinating mammals.  This popular family event, for bat enthusiasts of all ages, features a day full of activities, cavern tours, and a pizza lunch.  2012 marks the twenty-first year of bat education at Lincoln Caverns.  The staff looks forward to sharing newbat crafts and games with Batfest visitors.  The group will have the opportunity to participate in the building of a bat house, to be awarded to a lucky attendee through a random drawing at the end of the day.

A special treat at this year’s Batfest will be a visit from Robyn Graboski, of Centre Wildlife Care.  Ms. Graoboski is a popular guest at Lincoln Caverns’ events, as well as many other regional events.  She rehabilitates a wide variety of Pennsylvania animals, includingbats.  Betsy, one of Centre Wildlife Care’s big brown bats, will be a special guest, offeringBatfest participants an up close and personal encounter with one of our furry friends.  The informative program will include information about Pennsylvania’s bats, as well as an update on White Nose Syndrome, the devastating disease that has already caused the death of over six million bats in the Eastern United States.  Lincoln Caverns has participated in education efforts, as well as raising funds for WNS research during the past three seasons.

The highlight of Batfest is always the visit to the caverns, Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks.  The interpretive tours of two spectacular crystal caverns features history, geology, batfacts, and trivia, while offering guests plenty of time for questions and picture taking.  The caverns are a comfortable 50° year round, making them the ideal place to spend a winter afternoon.  Lincoln Caverns’ gift shop features a wide variety of logo items and bat gifts.  Great discounts are included with Batfest tickets.  A portion of each purchase during Batfest will be donated to WNS research.

Advance tickets are required for Batfest and space is limited.  Batfest 2011 is planned for Saturday, February 11, 2012, with a blizzard date of February 18, 2012.  Tickets may be purchased at www.lincolncaverns.com or by calling 814.643.0268.

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Happy Anniversary to the Boy Scouts of America!

This week, the Boy Scouts of America celebrate their 102nd anniversary.  In its century plus of existence, the BSA has molded millions of young men with its aims of developing character, citizenship and fitness. If you are involved in Scouting, as a scout, leader, employee, parent, or volunteer, we salute you.  We’d also like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the programs that Huntingdon County offers to Scout groups.

Scout Out Huntingdon County heritage trail award patch

When Scouts complete any leg of the Scout Out Huntingdon County heritage trail system, they are eligible to earn the central patch, and the appropriate segment.

Scout Out Huntingdon County: 100 Miles of Heritage is a biking, hiking, and paddling trail system that is designed to be completed in five weekends, or if your group prefers, tackle any three contiguous legs of the trail to earn the 50-Miler Award.  This program features a central patch and a segment for each leg of the system.  As your Scouts complete a leg, they earn the appropriate segment.  The trail utilizes existing trails, rivers, and minor roadways to link interactive attractions, natural sites, historic sites, and campgrounds, giving the Scouts a unique learning adventure that is appropriate for their skill/achievement level.

Merit Badge Programs are offered by a number of attractions in Huntingdon County, and nearby.  Some of our attractions specifically cater to Scout groups.  Here are some that we highly recommend:

  • Lincoln Caverns, 3 miles west of Huntingdon, offers unique programming for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and all levels of Girl Scouts that explore the geology and natural world of caves.  Lincoln Caverns also offers primitive camping to youth groups at its Warrior Ridge Campground.
  • Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, located about half-way between Petersburg and Pine Grove Mills also offers Scout programs for all ages.  With it’s Raptor Center, nature trails, pavilions and regular programming, this is a great place for Scouting weekends any time of the year.
  • Fort Roberdeau, located in the Sinking Valley section of eastern Blair County offers the unique opportunity for Scouts to live and dress like soldiers and citizens would have during the Revolutionary War.  The historic site is also a county park with nature trails, a visitors center, pavilions and more.
  • Old Bedford Village, located north of Bedford, offers Scouts the chance to experience 18th and 19th century life in Pennsylvania.  Group programs include period appropriate trade immersion and crafts.
  • Indian Caverns, located along Route 45 east of Spruce Creek, offers merit badge programs in Native American lore, as well as geology and others.  One unique program at Indian Caverns lets the Scouts actually spend the night in the cave!

Many other sites in the Raystown Lake Region provide opportunities for Scouts to advance, or complete partial requirements for merit badges.  If you would like to learn more about bringing your Scouts to the area, call the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau at 888-729-7869.

Happy Scouting!

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