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Funding Available for Summer Wilderness Experiences

WESTPORT The Deepwater Experiential Education Project (DEEP), located in Westport, announces that scholarships are available for Adirondack youth to participate in wilderness adventure programs this summer. These scholarships, designated specifically for local young people, have been made possible by grants received from the Evergreen Fund of the Adirondack Community Trust, the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, Otis Mountain Music Festival and numerous private donors. DEEP offers funding for young people ages 10-17 to attend one of several summer programs, including Northwaters & Langskib Wilderness Programs based in Westport. Northwaters & Langskib offers canoe trips in Temagami, ON that teach wilderness exploration skills and strengthen leadership, team building and community service values. According to Elizabeth Lee, DEEPs Executive Director, the local scholarships are a real benefit to local kids. These programs are about adventure. They give you a chance to discover a lot that youve been missing while youve been in school and inside at home. Summer programs are a great way to get out of town for a few weeks and make friendships beyond the borders of your own county. You learn about yourself and bring home new ideas about your future. Most adults would love the chance to have this kind of adventure. Individual funding is based on both need and merit. No prior outdoor experience is necessary. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee and scholarships are paid directly to the program the young person attends. DEEP welcomes contributions from area businesses who would like to support kids in their home communities or service areas. To learn more vis it www.deepwaterproject.org or call (518) 962-2275.

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