ThorpeWood to nurture at-risk youth, nonprofits

Nature reserve reinventing itself to become destination retreat
Frederick News Post
Patti S. Borda
02/20/2013
The Catoctin Mountain woodlands will be a great adventure getaway for youngsters and their adult mentors, said Kevin Lollar, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Frederick... At ThorpeWood they can hike 155 acres, discover woods, climb hills, wade or fish in trout streams, investigate a chestnut orchard and groom horses. ThorpeWood’s natural wonders await for all the area's nonprofits now, said Sam Castleman, program director at the preserve.ThorpeWood used to offer intensively tailored retreat programs, but those were too labor-intensive, Castleman said.“We’ve been looking at how we might re-emerge,” Castleman said. “We hope this is well-received by local nonprofits.” ThorpeWood’s log lodge will continue to accept reservations for receptions, conferences and weddings, as it has for many years, Castleman said.