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Teens offered Pack Forest camp scholarship

WARRENSBURG - Students in grades 7 through 12 can win a week at an environmental education camp this summer through a scholarship offered by a local agency.

The scholarship covers the cost of a one-week stay at the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation's Pack Forest Camp in Warrensburg.

The scholarship requires an application, and the deadline is approaching soon, according to John Rieger, President of the Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation and Development Council which sponsors the stipend.

"Students ages 12 through 14 and 15 through 17 can enjoy the experience of a lifetime this summer," Rieger said.

This year's award is the Council's 14th annual competition for the Charles Lathrop Pack Scholarship.

Students in both age brackets 12-14 and 15-17 years old have an opportunity to compete for a stay for one week at Pack Forest. Sessions for 15-17 year olds run from June 27 to July 24, and sessions for 12-14 year olds run Aug. 1 through Aug. 21.

The competition for the scholarship is open to permanent residents of Clinton, Essex, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, who have an interest in environmental studies, natural resource issues, or related fields. Winners will receive a week's stay at DEC's Ecology Camp and Workshop. The value of this scholarship is $325.

Students apply for the scholarship by preparing a 200-to-300-word essay describing the applicant's accomplishments and interests in natural resource conservation studies and noting why they feel the experience would be beneficial to them. Students applying should include their full name, address, date of birth, and telephone number. Parental permission is required.

Entries will be evaluated by the Council and judged based on the student's essay.

Entries should be received before Jan. 20. The winners will be contacted by phone. Essays should be sent electronically to: garcd1@hughes.net or faxed to 623-3140, or via mail to: Greater Adirondack RC&D Council, 60 Pack Forest Road, Chestertown, NY 12817.

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