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Summer Camp registrations underway

By Staff | Mar 27, 2015

The Audubon Discovery Camp, a nature-oriented summer day camp for children in the Eastern Panhandle and nearby Maryland, is now registering campers for its 2015 summer season.

The camp is entering its thirteenth year. It is sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS), which is based in Shepherdstown.

Those who wish to register are encouraged to do so early-camp sessions usually fill up fast.

This year’s camp will span eight weeks from June 8 to July 24.

Sessions for children ages 6 through 13 begin on June 8. Two additional weeks during the summer will be devoted to sessions for preschool-age children: July 6-10 and July 20-24.

Fees range from $50 to $200 per week.

Children age 13 and older can apply to serve as Junior Staff, positions that offer excellent opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Sessions this year will be held at PVAS’s Yankauer Nature Preserve in Berkeley County, at the Peter Burr Living History Farm in Jefferson County, and in the towns of Shepherdstown and Martinsburg.

Full details can be found on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org, and easy online registration is also available there. A valid credit card is required for registration. Scholarships are available and scholarship applications forms can also be found on the website.

All of the camp sessions are aimed at helping children gain a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world. All of them offer hands-on experiential learning led and are supervised by experienced instructors.

Session sizes are kept very small to ensure an excellent instructor/child ratio of 1:10.

This year’s sessions at the Yankauer Preserve will include “Bugs, Slugs, and Other Ughs!,” and the always popular “Camp Survivor.” A special 4-day week close to the July 4 holiday will be called “I’m Flying.”

The Peter Burr Farm camp sessions will include “ButterflyFlutter By” and “Pioneer Adventure”

New for this year are two sessions for middle school teens entitled “Outdoor Adventurer: Build A Techno Trail,” to be held in Shepherdstown and Martinsburg. Both sessions will have = campers exploring the towns and creating a technology trail that will highlight natural and historical features. By using QR codes, letterboxing, and smartphones, visitors will be able to follow the trail afterwards.

For more information, contact Ellen Murphy at 304-676-8739 or ellen@potomacaudubon.org.