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Local Audubon Society Offering Summer Camp Scholarships

Local Audubon Society Offering Summer Camp Scholarships

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is now accepting applications for its 2009 summer youth camp scholarship program.
Each year, the program helps send deserving area youngsters to summer camps that emphasize conservation and the environment.
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 submitted by April 17.
This year, applicants will be able to choose among six different camps. The camps, the ages they serve, and their dates are as follows:
* West Virginia State Conservation Camp, Camp Caesar, Webster County, WV; ages 14-17, June 15-20.
* Trout Unlimited Conservation & Fishing Camp, Syria, Virginia (next to Shenandoah National Park, grades 8 through 11, June 21-26.
* Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies, Capon Bridge, WV; ages 11-15, June 20-July3; July 6-July 20; or July 28-August 10.
* Oglebay Institute Junior Nature Camp, Dallas Pike, WV, ages 10-15, July 19-25 or July 26-August 1.
* Mountain Adventures Camp, Spruce Knob, WV; ages 11-17, June 28-July 4; July 5-July 11; or July 12-July 18.
* Audubon Discovery Day Camp, Yankauer Nature Preserve, Shepherdstown, WV; ages 6-12, weekly sessions May 27-July 24.
Applicants must indicate which camp they wish to attend (and their second choice, if they have one), submit an essay that describes their interest in attending, and include a letter of reference from an adult other than a family member.
Financial need will be taken into consideration.
Transportation costs to the camps will be the responsibility of the scholarship recipients.
Scholarship winners may be asked to make a brief presentation about their camp experience at one of the Society's meetings next fall.
The scholarship program is supported by the proceeds from PVAS's annual fall bird seed sale. Additional community sources also support scholarships to PVAS's own day camp program at the Yankauer Nature Preserve.
For more information and application forms go to the PVAS website at or contact Kathryn Henry at 304-876-6681 or
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a nonprofit organization and a member of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Combined Federal Campaign.

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