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ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY --

June 22, 1993

Youths run mock governments in program at Naval Academy

At least 375 young men are setting up their own governments at the Naval Academy this week -- and top leaders are encouraging it.

The 16- and 17-year-old boys are participating in the annual Maryland Boys State, a program that teaches citizenship by having youths set up mock governments.

Also at the academy this week, a group of disadvantaged youths in seventh through ninth grades will be offered a taste of college and military life.

At a youth camp Wednesday and Thursday, academically talented but economically disadvantaged students will experience first-hand training at the military college in Annapolis.

As many as 150 students will come from cities including Baltimore, Washington, Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond and Norfolk. The academy is paying for the camp.

The goal is to encourage youths to pursue higher education and possibly a naval career.

Topics for discussion at the mock government program include drug and alcohol abuse, freedom of the press, state law and the legislative process.

U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, a Baltimore County Republican, Maryland Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins and Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall have been invited to speak at the Boys State program. This is the first time it's being held at the academy in more than 10 years.

State park offers Junior Ranger Program

Sandy Point State Park is offering an eight-week Junior Ranger Program for children ages 8-14, beginning today and tomorrow.

Children will learn about nature through games, activities and demonstrations. Participants may attend the Tuesday or Wednesday sessions, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are required.

Topics include "What's Junior Rangers About?" "Reptiles" and "Wildlife Management." An overnight camping trip at Sandy Point State Park is planned for the end of the course.

The cost is $5 per child for the first two family members. Additional family members will be admitted for free.

* The park also is offering a Time-Out program for children ages 3 to 7 beginning tomorrow. The eight-week program is planned for Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Children will learn about boating safety, seining and birds. Reservations are required.

Information: 974-2149.

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