My Friend And Yours, Buddy The Wolf!

Buddy the Wolf enjoys playing street hockey with Washington Capitals' mascot Slapshot.

Buddy the Wolf enjoys playing street hockey with Washington Capitals’ mascot Slapshot.

Did you know that the Fairfax County Park Authority employs a wolf? Yes, a wolf! Well, someone in a wolf costume, anyway. His name is Buddy, and he is the official mascot of our Rec-PAC program. We tried to interview Buddy, but he was too busy howling with happiness. Now that Rec-PAC is over for the summer, Buddy will be attending special events around the community. If you see him, please don’t be shy. Go give him a high five! Buddy is a very likable wolf.

In 2011, the Rec-PAC program changed its logo to a pair of wolves and added a new slogan, “Join the PAC.” We interviewed many different mascots that year, but Buddy seemed like a perfect fit for the program and was hired on the spot. Buddy spent his first summer with us visiting camp sites dressed in his favorite t-shirt featuring the new Rec-PAC logo. It was no surprise to staff that Buddy was an instant hit with the campers, parents, and school staff. In 2012, the Rec-PAC program began selling stuffed mini Buddy’s and sold out within two weeks. The popular stuffed animals quickly sold out again in 2013.

So what else does Buddy do? He assists Rec-PAC staff with its anti-bullying campaign. He shows up at Rec-PAC with his mission to help campers learn about the importance of being a friend to everyone. He helps staff by encouraging campers to talk about bullying and how it can hurt people, not only physically, but also emotionally. Buddy has not only been a great addition to the Rec-PAC Program but to the Youth Services department as well.

Buddy believes that we all come in different shapes, colors and sizes, but we are all human and should treat people the way we want to be treated. His main goal is to make the summer a special one for every camper by helping staff educate kids on the harm bullying does to a person and how each of us can prevent bullying. Buddy reminds us that we all have the power to make someone’s summer the greatest it can be!

Buddy is also a fun-loving wolf. He loves playing games, dancing, and using his imagination to create new things, especially during arts and crafts. He can often be found in the game room playing Wii Baseball. He loves when his friend Slap Shot from the Washington Capitals Youth Development Programs comes to visit. The two of them have a great time playing street hockey together. The only thing you have to be careful about is keeping Buddy away from the popcorn machine. Buddy loves popcorn and will eat it all if you let him.

To learn more about Buddy and the Rec-PAC Program, click here.

Take care, and remember to be a Buddy to all.

Written by Mike Bonneville, Rec-PAC program director

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About Fairfax County Park Authority

HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 11 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2008. Another Park Bond Referendum will be held in November 2012. Today, the Park Authority has 420 parks on approximately 23,168 acres of land. We offer 371 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park System is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: o Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist. o Eight golf courses including Laurel Hill, our newest, upscale course and clubhouse located in Southern Fairfax County o Five nature and visitor centers. Also seven Off-Leash Dog Activity areas o Several lakes including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax o The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter o Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel o An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter o Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel o Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent o A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly o A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale o Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community o Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center o Provides 274 athletic fields, including 30 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 500 school athletic fields PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: • A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/social-hub/ for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

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