Summer work as camp counselor prepares teen for teaching career CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

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July 06, 1993|By CINDY PARR

While summer is a time when students can relax and get away from the classroom, it also offers high school and college students the opportunity of gainful employment.

For 18-year-old Westminster resident Diane Eppig, the joyful squeals of happy youngsters at play have been the focus of her summers for the past four years.

Ms. Eppig works as a senior camp counselor to school-age children who participate in the numerous camps offered through the Westminster Recreation Department.

"I really enjoy working outdoors and getting to know the kids," said the 1993 Westminster High School graduate. "I just love this job. It's not boring. There is always something new happening."

Working with children ages 5 to 8, Ms. Eppig supervises the day campers who spend three hours of their mornings playing games, making crafts and just enjoying summer fun.

"Basically, we teach the kids games and do other special activities," Ms. Eppig said. "During the afternoon I help to plan other summer activities that are sponsored by the Recreation Department."

Since the summer after her freshman year of high school, Ms. Eppig has enjoyed the benefits of her job as a camp counselor.

"You really get to know the kids, because they usually come back year after year," Ms. Eppig said. "When you go out to the mall or somewhere else in public, the little kids recognize you and they come up to you and say hello."

In addition to the many young friendships she has made over the past several years, Ms. Eppig's summers of camp counseling have also helped to solidify her decision on a career choice.

"I always wanted a summer job that involved kids because I was interested in being a school teacher," she said. "This fall, I will be going to Carroll Community College for two years and then on to Towson State University to get my teaching degree."

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If you want to get away for a day to one of the region's popular amusement parks, be sure to consider discount ticket offers available through the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Discount tickets for children and adults to Busch Gardens, Hershey Park, King's Dominion, Water Country USA and Wild World are offered by the department throughout each park's specific operating seasons.

Discounted ticket prices are as follows:

* Busch Gardens: adult, $26.50; discount adult, $22.75; child 3 to 6, $21.50; discount child, $18.25.

* Hershey Park: adult, $22.95; discount adult, $17; child 3 to 8, $14.95; discount child, $13.75.

* King's Dominion: adult, $24.95; discount adult, $20.75; child 3 to 6, $16.95; discount child, $16.50.

* Water Country USA: adult, $17.95; discount adult, $14.75; child 3 to 6, $15.95; discount child, $12.75.

* Wild World: Regular admission (3 and up), $20.89; discount admission, $14.50.

Information: 857-2103.

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