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The purpose of the Freedom Area Recreation Council is to build a public recreation program using public school buildings, grounds, parks and facilities, volunteers and local organizations, both public and private to stimulate interest in promoting and furthering the cause of recreation.

The current elected Officers and Board Members of FARC:

President Ken Whalen, Vice President Steve Delman, Secretary Tracy Cox, Treasurer John Donoghue

Members at Large:

Sue Podobnik, Curt Weise, Chris Pluta, Kirk Engle

The Freedom Area Recreation Council is comprised of Elected Officers, Board Members, Program Representatives and interested individuals who share a common interest in recreational activities in the South Carroll area. All members are volunteers except for the Community Coordinator who serves as a liaison with the Carroll County Bureau of Recreation. The Freedom Area Recreation Council works in cooperation with the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks.

                      Current FARC Information Flier June – August 2014

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The Freedom Area Recreation Council oversees the general operation of all programs sponsored by or affiliated with the Council. The Community Coordinator schedules all school and athletic fields for our recreational use.

Program fliers are distributed in Carroll County Public Schools in September, December, April and June. Copies are available in the Eldersburg Library or by e-mail by sending a request to 

Freedom Area Recreation Council reminds you to park only in designated areas and obey “NO PARKING ZONES” at all school and park facilities.

To All Parents of children participating in FARC events and programs. Please remember that use of school/public facilities is a privilege allowed us by the individual school principal. Please ensure that your children are supervised at all times, especially siblings of program participants. All children must be escorted into and out of the building.

Carroll County Commissioners No Smoking policy states that the use of tobacco products is prohibited, within 50 yards of the playing field or site, immediately before, during, or immediately after a recreation council sponsored youth activity. No smoking is allowed inside or on school property. Your cooperation will assure our continued use of school/public property.

Programs are held in the community at the following locations:

Carrolltowne Elementary, Eldersburg Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Piney Ridge Elementary, Linton Spring Elementary & Community Room, Oklahoma Road Middle School, Sykesville Middle School, Liberty High School, Century High School, South Carroll Senior Center and Community Center, Carrolltown Mall, Fairhaven Park, Freedom Park, Hodges Park, Old Liberty Road Park

The Freedom Area Recreation Council meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00PM at the South Carroll Senior Center & Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Rd., Eldersburg

ADA STATEMENT: The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the Carroll County Government and its programs, services, activities, and facilities. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or who has a complaint should contact Madeline M. Morey, The Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, 410.386.3800, 1.888.302.8978, MD Relay 7-1-1/1.800.735.2258 or email as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.



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Freedom Girls Field Hockey

Online at:  

Late registration ($15 fee), May 19 – June 1


Summer Programs

Awesome Kids Music Summer Camp

Baseball Camp

Baton Camp

Football Camp 

Robotics & Lego Camps 

Soccer Camps 

Stepping Stars Summer Dance

Volleyball Camps

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Sykesville Baseball Fall Ball Registration


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Sykesville Baseball has begun registration for the fall 2014 season. Please go to: for more information.

Season runs from Aug.- Nov.

Questions, please call:



Freedom Soccer Club

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Freedom Soccer Club is currently holding tryouts for the upcoming Fall 2014/Spring 2015 season. Tryouts are usually completed by mid June.

Visit the Freedom Soccer Club website – for further information regarding age groups, dates and times.

Or contact: for further questions.

Consider Freedom Soccer Club for your child’s travel soccer experience.




Crabtoberfest – Shrimp & Crabfeast October 4th


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Join the Freedom Area Recreation Council for its 6th annual Crabtoberfest—Shrimp & Crab Feast on Sat., Oct. 4, 6:30-10:30PM at the Optimist Hall on Rt. 32 in Eldersburg (next to Pizza Hut).

Proceeds help FARC maintain multipurpose fields and ball diamonds used by Freedom Soccer, Freedom Lacrosse, Sykesville Raiders, Freedom Rugby, Sykesville Baseball, Freedom Field Hockey and Freedom Softball.

Good food, music, dancing, money wheel, 50/50 raffle. To order tickets go to:

Limited tickets available, don’t delay!



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Eldersburg Library Summer Reading Program

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Join the Carroll County Public Library for great reading, fun programs and special events this summer. Our summer reading themes:

Birth-5th Grade: Fizz Boom Read

Teen: Spark a Reaction

Adult: Literary Elements

The summer program runs Jun. 1, – Aug. 9, 2014.

For more information stop by your local library or check out our programs online at

You can read magazines, newspapers, books from a school reading list, or any book that you like! The main thing is … READ! If someone can’t read yet, they’re never too young to join in the fun! Good listening counts for children who have not yet learned to read, and there are fun activities too.

You can’t be too old, either, as there are programs for teens and adults. And it is free!

Go to your area branch or look online  for program dates, kick-off events, signup information, and the many shows, crafts, events and programs to add to your summer fun.



Summer Programs

Freedom Arts

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Freedom Arts will continue their sessions in the fall with more musical theater and art classes!

Feel free to contact us if you need recommendations for summer arts classes.

Class ideas and/or comments are always welcome by contacting


Arts, Drama

Janie Konigsberg 20th Annual Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament

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Join this excellent opportunity to hit with youth of your own age and speed. This no pressure, relaxed tournament is for youth age 10-16, advance beginner and intermediate playing level.

Sat., June 14 (Raindate June 21) Liberty High tennis courts, 9AM.

Cost is $5.00 per participant. Registration forms available at or the Eldersburg Library.

For information call 410-795-3292, or

Don’t miss this opportunity to come and have FUN and test your skill!

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Awesome Kids Summer Music Camp


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Students will learn beginning guitar, recorder, piano keyboard, and other instruments with continued study, theory and technical development on primary instrument in small group (possible individual instruction)/concert band and orchestra setting.

Music games and activities for all ages while learning about different composers, rhythms, note reading and other music concepts!

Students will play Rock Band video game and Dance Dance Revolution.

Camp designed for youth entering grades K-6 in fall 2014, with or without prior experience. (Age related exceptions may be made upon request.)

Registration Information:

Dates: June 30-July 3


Times & Cost:

Session A: 8:30AM-11:30AM, $85.00

Session B: 12:30PM-3:30PM, $85.00

All Day Camp: 8:30AM-3:30PM, $150.00


Where: Oklahoma Road Middle School

6300 Oklahoma Road

Sykesville, MD 21784

Registration: Please register at the following website:


For more information:

Awesome Kid’s Summer Music Camp

410-549-6296 Mailbox #6 or

Download Awesome Kids Music Summer Camp 2014 Flier

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American Cancer Society Relay For Life


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The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Freedom Area is seeking volunteers–walkers for teams, cancer survivors, caregivers, children to participate in the Kids Walk, committee members, sponsors, anyone wanting to make a difference.

Get more information on the event and sign up a team by visiting or by contacting the American Cancer Society at 410-781-6907 or

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, family friendly overnight event. The Relay For Life of Freedom Area will take place at Liberty High School Stadium. It begins on Saturday evening May 31st and ends on Sunday morning June 1st. Event is free and open to the public.


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