2009-05-07 / Local & State

Parks And Rec Summer Plans Under Way

Day camp applications available at area schools, county library

With focus ranging from environmental awareness and fishing techniques to art from around the world, plans are already well under way for a series of summer day camps to be held locally by the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Commission.

According to Parks and Rec program director Chanin Rotz- Mountz, the commission's summer schedule of events for area children will kick off Monday, June 22, at Forbes Road High School with an "Around the World 3-D Art Camp." The camp will be open to a variety of skill levels spanning third through 12th grades and will offer a hands-on approach to learning about clay sculpture and basketry techniques from cultures around the world.

Clay-hand building techniques will likely include slab, soil and pinch in connection with cultural details related to Africa, Greece, China and Mexico. Meanwhile, basket-weaving techniques will take on an Americana presentation style. Instructors include Forbes Road School District art teacher Lisa Davies, McKelvey Scholarship winner Kayla Bennett and local basket-weaving artist Judy Appleby.

In making the summer day camp announcement, Mountz noted children enrolled in grades three through five are eligible to attend on June 22. In addition, students in sixth through eighth grade can attend June 23-24, while children in grades nine through 12 are urged to sign up for two-day course instruction on June 25- 26. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, and grade levels are based on the upcoming 2009-10 school year.

As a follow-up to the Around the World 3-D Art Camp, a special art exhibit will be opened to students and their families as well as the general public on Thursday, July 2, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Forbes Road High School cafeteria. The exhibit will showcase the students' efforts and will include a special keynote address by Bedford County artist and popular crafting author Loretta Radeschi. Light refreshments will be served.

The 3-D Art Camp project is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding for the arts depends on an annual appropriation by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts. PPA is administered by the Council for the Arts in Chambersburg.

Meanwhile, students in grades four through eight will be getting a true taste of the outdoors through the Ready, Aim, Fire Adventure Camp to be held at the Fulton County Pistol and Rifle Club on Thursday, July 30. Set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., round-robin instruction will include stations involving archery, clay pigeon and .22 target shooting, along with classes on outdoor cooking, first aid, environmental awareness, trapping and a treasure hunt course utilizing compasses.

A follow-up Wind and Water Wonders Adventure Camp will be conducted at Cowans Gap State Park on Thursday, August 6, Mountz said. The oneday camp for students in fourth through eighth grades tentatively includes hands-on instruction from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, hunter ed instructor John Johnston, Fulton County Conservation District, local bass tournament angler Darick Brumbaugh, and Cowans Gap State Park naturalist Beth Garner. In addition to trying out some different fishing techniques first-hand, campers will also get to take a supervised spin on the Gap's paddle boats compliments of Burnt Cabins resident Nick Brown and learn about turkeys, bats and more.

Transportation for both adventure camps will be provided by Greg Strait. Buses will leave the Central Fulton School District promptly at 9 a.m. and return by 3 p.m.

A six-week, once-weekly camp entitled Lil' Hands Art Intro Camp will wrapup the summer event calendar. The class for 5- to 7-year-olds is scheduled for Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20 and 27 and September 3 and 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the 6146 Great Cove Road home and art studio of Needmore resident Nancy Hogan.

Hogan has logged more than 30 years of art teaching experience with both adults and children. She also has design and teaching knowledge in furniture, intarsia, clay, dolls and clothing.

Students are required to bring a No. 2 pencil, charcoal, markers, pastels and a drawing tablet to each class.

Space is limited in each of the four camps this summer, and preregistration is required. Camp applications can be picked up in the elementary and high school offices of the Forbes Road, Central Fulton and Southern Fulton school districts, as well as at the Fulton County Community Christian School and the Fulton County Library in Mc- Connellsburg.

Any residents having additional questions or needing applications via e-mail or mail can contact county Parks and Rec program director Chanin Rotz- Mountz at chaninr@comcast. net or 717-552-0071.

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