Campers bowl it up for summer Fun is the goal at Camp Honey Bee

BOWLING

July 26, 1992|By Donald G. Vitek

Scampering Squirrels, Dynamic Ducks, Spectacular Starfish and Outstanding Octopuses.

How's that for some great names for bowling teams?

Those were the names of the teams from Camp Honey Bee that were under the supervision of Tara Smith, Rita Matthews, Christa Andersen and Keri Kennedy, respectively, at Hampstead Bowling Center early in July.

Camp Honey Bee, operated from the Hereford Middle School, is a summer camp for physically and mentally handicapped people ranging in age from 7 to 27. Smith, Matthews, Andersen and Kennedy are head counselors at the camp, and are assisted by '' junior counselors Philip Cross, Andy King and Amy Lloyd. The camp is directed by Sandy Richter.

Richter lives in Owings Mills with her husband, Rob, and is a teacher at Reisterstown Elementary School. She has been associated with Camp Honey Bee for eight years, the past five as director.

"After I graduated from Hereford High School, I decided I wanted to be an engineer," she said. "But I had started working with the kids at Camp Honey Bee in the summers and I changed my major to early childhood education."

In years past, the youngsters had bowled at Fair Lanes Reisterstown. But Richter's mother, Doti Wiland, a Hampstead resident, bowls at Hampstead Bowling Center on Mondays and Tuesdays and recommendedhe location to her daughter.

"The folks that run the Hampstead Bowling Center are just great," Richter said. "They go out of their way to help."

So if you were at Hampstead Bowling Center that day in early July and noticed a gang of youngsters having a ball, you were watching 20 individuals who simply weren't allowing their handicaps to interfere with their bowling.

"Our kids, generally, are better behaved than so-called normal children," Richter said. "People who are not exposed to the physically and mentally handicapped don't realize that often they behave beautifully."

That's not just the opinion of the camp director. Arnise Journal, who works the snack bar at Hampstead Lanes and comes into close contact with the Scampering Squirrels, the Dynamic Ducks, the Spectacular Starfish and the Outstanding Octopuses, agrees.

"They are just so well-behaved, so well-mannered. They had a great time but there's not a minute's worth of trouble."

* The final results of the Thunderhead Taneytown Clear Skies Duckpin Doubles Tournament:

Ruth Stultz and Terry Stoneseifer dropped 1,083 pins to capture first place and the $400 prize.

Bobby Blizzard and David Noyes with a 1,073 total split $200 for second, and Ruth Stultz with new partner, Dean Stultz, totaled 1,062 for third place and $100.

* TOURNAMENT NEWS * The WSBA third annual Team Classic is under way at Suburban Bowlarama in York, Pa., and will continue to the weekend of Aug. 21-23. The top 30 teams will compete on Labor Day weekend for the guaranteed first prize of four new 1992 Pontiac Lemanses, plus $2,000. That's one car for each of the four-member team.

Information: 717-848-1632.

* The third annual Country Club Classic Tournament is in full swing at Country Club Lanes in Baltimore. Everyeekend through Aug. 22, bowlers can compete in three handicapped divisions for the guaranteed first prize of $4,000.

Information: 410-686-2556.

* Greenway Bowl Odenton is playing host to the LPBT Regional Open on Aug. 7-9 with a Youth/Adult Pro-Am on Friday. The finals will be on Sunday, Aug.. On Sunday, Don Vitek's "Best of Bowling" radio show will broadcast live from the Greenway Bowl concourse at 5 p.m. That's 680 on the AM dial.

* NABI will be at Brunswick Normandy on Aug. 1 and 2, with a guaranteed $1,000 first prize.

Information: 410-465-0355.

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