DNR message to kids: go take a hike

May 16, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

Each year the Department of Natural Resources, through its Forest and Park Service, puts together a series of Outdoor Discovery youth camp programs that offer a close-up look at many facets of Maryland's outdoors.

This year, three types of summer camps, running from five days to two weeks, will begin June 21 and run through the week of Aug. 9.

Camps will be held at Susquehanna State Park, Tuckahoe State Park and South Mountain at Echo Lake near Frederick.

Basic camp is for children 8 to 13 and includes archery, canoeing, tent camping, hiking, frontier fishing, instructional programs, cooking and swimming. Horseback riding is optional at Tuckahoe State Park. The cost is $190 for a five-day session, and capacity per site is 24 to 30 campers per session.

The leadership-trainee programs, for ages 13 to 17, are two-week sessions in which campers stay at one site, participate in all camp activities in the first week and help with camp operations during the second week. The cost is $300 per person and the program is limited to 18 children through the summer.

-! A new addition to the Outdoor

Discovery program is a schedule of five-day specialty camps for kids 10 to 15. The specialty camps cost $245 per session and are limited to 12 campers per session.

Planned specialty camps are:

* Rock climbing and backpacking (June 21-25 or July 5-9) -- Backpack the Appalachian Trail from Catoctin Mountain to Harper's Ferry and spend a day rock climbing at Annapolis Rocks.

* Caving and tubing (July 12-16 or Aug. 9-13) -- Cave exploration and tubing on a river.

* Scales 'n Tales (July 19-23) -- Learn about reptiles and local birds of prey through hands-on activities with live animals and then take a marsh canoe trip to explore their natural habitat.

* Mountain biking (Aug. 2-8) -- A week-long ride through one of Maryland's largest state forests.

* Canoeing (June 28-July 2 or July 26-30) -- Canoeing and camping along a scenic river.

DNR also is offering several weekend camps for children only and families.

Transportation will be provided from various pickup points around the state.

Goose season grows

Pennsylvania plans to expand its resident goose season in its southeast region by adding Berks, Chester and Delaware counties this fall. The daily bag limit in the expanded southeast region will be five with a possession limit of 10. The season will run from Sept. 1-15.

Cup defectors

A year ago, Bill Koch and the America3 syndicate successfully defended the America's Cup. Now, as defenders and challengers are preparing for the 1995 Cup, the yachting world is sorting out the talent available -- and Americans top the list.

Among the top Americans who had declared for other countries by the May 6 deadline are: skipper Paul Cayard (Italy), skipper Rod Davis (Australia), America3 designers Reichel-Pugh (Australia), America3 designer Doug Peterson (New Zealand) and former America3 tactician Bob Campbell (Japan).

Cup insiders say the reason for the exodus to foreign challengers is because while there may be as many as 200 jobs with the two American syndicates, more than 1,000 positions opened up overseas.

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