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Audubon offering summer camps; apply by April 6

By Staff | Mar 4, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is now accepting applications for its 2016 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 and other community sources.

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.

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 Wednesday, April 6.

This year, applicants will be able to choose among eight different camps. The camps, locations, ages/grades served and dates are as follows:

Audubon Discovery Day Camp: PVAS’s own local camp at its Yankauer and Stauffer’s Marsh nature preserves and Peter Burr Farm; pre-school to grade 12, plus junior staff opportunities for grade 7 and up; a variety of week-long sessions during June and July.

PVAS Nature Photography Day Camp: at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown; grades 9-12 (ages 14-18); June 20-24.

Oglebay Institute Junior Nature Camp: at Dallas Pike (near Wheeling); ages 10-15; July 24-30 or July 31-Aug. 6.

Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies: at Capon Bridge, WV; ages 11-15; June 26-July 9, July 12-26, or Aug. 3-16.

Mountain Stewards Summer Camp Middle School Program: at Mountain Institute, Spruce Knob; entering grades 6-8; June 12-17, June 19-24, June 26-July 1 (all girls week), and July 10-15.

Mountain Stewards Summer Camp High School Program: at Mountain Institute, Spruce Knob; entering grades 9-12 (up to age 17); June 12-17, June 19-24, June 26-July 1 (all girls week), July 3-8, and July 10-15.

West Virginia Junior Conservation Camp: at Cedar Lakes, Ripley; ages 11-14; June 15-19.

West Virginia Senior Conservation Camp: at Camp Caesar, Webster County; Campers must be age 14 by Jan. 1 and not past age 18 on June 1; June 13 – 18.

For more information about all these camps and scholarship application forms go to the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Kathryn Henry at 304-876-6681 or dhenry@myexcel.com.