Scholarships available for Adirondack students to attend DEC Environmental Education Camps

NORTH RIVER - Students living in the Adirondacks between the ages of 12 and 17 are eligible to apply for a full or partial scholarship to attend one week of Environmental Education Camp at Camp Colby, near Saranac Lake or Pack Forest Camp, near Warrensburg.

All that is required is a sincere interest in living in the outdoors in a natural setting with other campers and participating in fun activities, classes and games that teach the wise use of natural resources. Scholarships are based on interest, not need.

A week at camp promises fun and adventure. Campers participate in a discovery group, completing lessons ranging from group dynamics to field, forest, and pond explorations, to a study of human impact. Group members learn science, solve challenges, play games, keep a journal, catch salamanders, net butterflies and discover the interconnectedness of life on earth. College-educated counselor staff guides all activities, encouraging participation and respect among group members while interpreting the natural world for campers. Additionally, campers choose from a variety of optional activities throughout the week that introduce them to outdoor pursuits and pastimes. Experiences include fishing, canoeing, archery, exploring a bog and overnight camping trips. Both of the camps offer Sportsman Education.

Camping sessions run from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning. Weeks for 12 to 14 year olds at Camp Colby start on June 27 and go through Aug. 7. At Pack Forest Camp, weeks for this age group are July 18-24 and Aug. 1-7, and weeks for 15 to17 year olds are June 27 - July 17 and July 25 - 31. Specific weeks are designated for campers attending for the first time and those returning.

This opportunity is being sponsored by the Cold River Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, located in the central Adirondacks. Enrollment is limited and will depend on space available. Two scholarships will be awarded. For a scholarship application, contact Jane Moon, PO Box 24, North River, NY, 12856 or 251-9941.

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