The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is now accepting applications for its 2013 summer youth camp scholarship program. Each year, the program helps send deserving area youngsters to summer camps that emphasize conservation and the environment.
Scholarships are available not only for the Society's own day camps in Berkeley and Jefferson counties but also for camps at other locations in West Virginia and as far away as Maine.
Any youngster within the Society's membership area (the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Washington County, Md.) is eligible to apply. All applications must be post-marked by April 5.
This year, applicants will be able to choose among eight different camps. The camps, locations, dates and ages/grades served are as follows:
Audubon Discovery Day Camp, at the Yankauer Nature Preserve in Berkeley County and the Peter Burr Living History Farm in Jefferson County; Pre-school to grade 12; week-long sessions May to July.
Oglebay Institute Junior Nature Camp, at Camp Giscowheco, Dallas Pike (near Wheeling); ages 10-15; July 21-27, 2013 and/or July 28 - August 3.
The Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies, Capon Bridge, ages 11-15; three sessions, each two weeks long: June 23-July 6; July 9-23; or July 30 Aug. 12.
The Mountain Adventures Summer Camp, Spruce Knob; ages 12-17; June 16-22, June 23-29, June 30-July 6.
The WV State Conservation Camp, at Camp Caesar, Webster County; Campers must be 14 by January 2013 and not past their 18th birthday on June 1, 2013; camp dates are June 10 - 15.
Student Climate & Conservation Congress, at the National Conservation and Training Center (NCTC), Shepherdstown; Rising grades 9-12; (ages 14-18); June 23-29.
Nature Photography Camp, at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown; grades 9-12 (ages 14-18); Dates to be announced.
Coastal Bird Studies for Teens, at National Audubon Society camp on Hog Island, Maine; ages 14-17; June 16-21