Summer Camps Deliver Fun and Fundamentals BY JOANNE C. BROADWATER


April 26, 1992

While other kids are hiking, doing arts and crafts or playing sports at the many day camps in the Baltimore area this summer, a group of 7- to 10-year-olds will be busy selling lemonade on the campus of Loyola College.

There will also be sports, swimming and games at the new Camp Lemonade Stand, but the children will spend most of their days learning what it takes to run a business. They won't just sell lemonade, they'll develop a business plan, build stands, taste-test recipes, purchase supplies, handle account books and market research.

It's just the sort of summer program 9-year-old Brian Ruth is looking for. "I want to learn to be a businessperson," he said. "My dad has his own business and I think it would be good to do that, too."

Eight-year-old Jeff Spector agreed. "I want to start a video arcade someday. I want to learn how to make lots of money."

These youngsters are not alone in their fascination with the world of finance, said Gail Yumkas, assistant dean and director of the Center for Professional Development in the School of Business and Management at Loyola. (Call this office at [410] 617-5061 for more information on the Loyola camps.)

"Kids are interested in money," Mrs. Yumkas said. "It's a big part of their lives. I can't tell you how enthusiastic they are."

For the past two years, Loyola has also held an overnight Money Management Camp, which has attracted seventh- through 10th-graders from 21 states. This year, a 15-year-old boy from Austria plans to attend the camp to learn about stocks, bonds, credit and business ethics.

Fortunately, Baltimore parents don't have to travel overseas to find summer activities for their children. In addition to the many traditional camps in the area, there are quite a few programs -- like the money camps at Loyola -- that offer a different kind of summertime fun.

Children can visit France without going any farther than Rodgers Forge, where Christiane Rothbaum teaches French to a small group of youngsters in her home.

Over a two-week period, Mrs. Rothbaum speaks only French as she and the children go through daily routines of game playing, drawing, singing, acting, cooking and eating. The children even watch French cartoons.

"This is the way it is when you go to a foreign country," said Mrs. Rothbaum, who also offers individual and group French classes during the school year. "It's nice to start learning another language. It gives you an idea that there are . . . lots of different ways to see the world." Call (410) 377-9077.

At the Walters Art Gallery, children are invited into the world of art through workshops in drawing, painting, printmaking and clay work.

"We want young kids to feel very comfortable in museums," said Beth Howard, coordinator of public programs at the gallery. "We want them to feel qualified to look at, talk about and interact with art."

Students explore different themes daily. Clay classes might visit the gallery one day to study functional containers as works of art. After discussing technique and watching a demonstration, each child would then do his own project. The workshops culminate in a Little Master's Exhibition on Aug. 14, when parents and the public are invited to enjoy a display of the children's work. To register, call (410) 547-9000, extension 237.

Budding young authors can become professional writers at Towson State University's Student Writers' Workshop.

"It's quite an opportunity for kids who really like to write," said Maggie Madden, administrative assistant for the Maryland Writing Project. "We try to give them the idea that they are professional writers. They are working toward publication. There's nothing like having your name in print."

Writing samples are published in a book that is presented to the library at each participant's school. The young writers also share their work with parents, relatives and friends at a post-workshop publication party. Call (410) 830-3593.

For young athletes, there are lots of camps that provide intensive training in a single sport -- whether it be soccer, basketball or tennis. Boys' Latin School offers an ice hockey camp at a local rink as part of its summer program. (Call [410] 377-5192 for details.)

For the sports-minded kid who wants it all, there's the Multi-Sports Camp at the Perring Athletic Club, with a smorgasbord of tennis, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, hockey, football, weight lifting, volleyball, baseball and racquetball. Call (410) 661-9220.

"Kids get bored with playing just one sport," said Jeff Thomas, general manager and camp director at the club. "We expose them to a multitude of different sports and we keep it fun."

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