The Frederick County Association of Recreation Councils
The FCARC was formed in January 1996. It is a non-profit umbrella organization which serves as a Council communication and unity tool and acts on behalf of each Council to make cumulative decisions in the best interest of all.
History of Frederick County Recreation Councils
Frederick County's first Recreation Council was formed in 1981; today there are many active Volunteer Recreation Councils in Frederick County. The Frederick County Government recognizes all legitimate Recreation Councils and their activities provide complementary and cooperative Recreation and Park opportunities to Frederick County citizens. Each County recognized Council's program and volunteers receive benefits from Frederick County Government such as: General liability insurance; facility use priority in Frederick County Public Schools; and operations, professional advice by Frederick County staff members. Most of these Councils are community-based, which means they plan and implement recreation activities for a community-- Ballenger Creek, Brunswick, Carol Manor/Point of Rocks, Thurmont, Libertytown, Middletown, Urbana, and Woodsboro/New Midway. Three of the Councils function for a specific purpose: the Senior Recreation Council serves citizens throughout Frederick County who are 50 years of age or older; Rose Hill Manor Museum Council is based at Rose Hill Manor and provides historical and educational programming for all ages; and the Frederick Nature Council is based at the Fountain Rock and Catoctin Creek Nature Centers and provides nature and environmental program opportunity for all ages.