The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is now accepting applications for its 2014 summer youth camp scholarship program.
Each year, the program helps send deserving area youngsters to summer camps that emphasize conservation and the environment. Funds for the scholarships come from the proceeds of the Society's annual fall Bird Seed Sale and from donations.
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, Maryland) is eligible to apply.
All applications must be post-marked by Friday, Apr. 8.
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: PVAS's own local camp at Yankauer Nature Preserve. Peter Burr Farm, and Craft Works at Cool Spring; pre-school to grade 12; a variety of week-long sessions in June and July.
Oglebay Institute Junior Nature Camp: at Dallas Pike (near Wheeling); ages 10-15; July 20-26 and/or July 27 Aug. 2.
Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies: at Capon Bridge; ages 11-15; June 22-July 5; July 8-22; or July 29 Aug. 11.
Mountain Adventures Camp: at Mountain Institute, Spruce Knob; ages 12-17; June 22-28.
West Virginia State Conservation Camp: at Camp Caesar, Webster County; Campers must be age 14 by Jan. 1 and not past age 18 on June 1; June 9 - 14.
Student Climate & Conservation Congress (SC3): at the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown; Rising grades 9-12 (ages 14-18); June 22-28.
PVAS Digital Photo Camp: at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown; grades 9-12 (ages 14-18); June 23-27.
Family Camp: at historic National Audubon camp, Hog Island, Me.; families with children ages 8-12; Aug. 12-17.