Military youth, Torch Club to host community walk

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  • By Lauren Russell
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The Hanscom Torch Club will host a Fitness Walk and Purple UP day event at Castle Park here April 15 at 2:30 p.m.  

The teen group coordinated the walk to bring the community together. Organizers encourage participants to wear purple in honor of Month of the Military Child.

“After all the challenges we’ve faced this past year, the club was very interested in doing something for the community to bring people together,” said Coleen Davis, 66th Force Support Squadron Youth Programs director. “They wanted to get people back out into nature and the fresh air after being stuck inside.”

The Torch Club, an affiliate of the Boys and Girls Club of America, must fill a community service requirement as part of its charter.

Louanna Boblett, Hanscom Torch Club president, said the members created posters to hang throughout the park promoting health and wellness tips and habits.

“We felt it was important to educate the community on staying healthy,” said Boblett.

Youth Programs here have used social media to keep children and their families connected through COVID-19, including virtual story times and craft bags, said Davis. However, she and her staff are looking forward to the physically distanced event in Castle Park.

“It was so heartening to see the hard work our Torch Club members put into this event, and we welcome anyone to join,” she said.

Participants should meet at the Youth Center parking lot with face coverings.