Nature Camp has square dance in overnight event


July 14, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH A do-si-do and promenade left, square dance caller Bob Harrison kept young dancers moving Friday evening under the stars at Piney Run Park during the first overnight campout of the 1998 Nature Camp. The square dance was one of the highlights of the 22nd annual Nature Camp program at the park.

Under the supervision of third-year director Julie Egdahl and 21 counselors, about 300 campers will spend the next several weeks exploring the park and its natural inhabitants through camp sessions designed for children who have completed kindergarten through eighth grade.

Diversity in animals, the world of plants, the forest habitat, and ecology and conservation are a few of the topics the campers will explore through environmental activities, nature crafts, stories and camp journals during the one- and two-week camp sessions.

"We are so fortunate to have such an amazing staff this year," said Egdahl. "These people do a terrific job with the kids and with the entire program."

In addition to Egdahl, the Nature Camp staff has three other teachers and several education majors serving as counselors. Pam Rothleutner is new to the staff this year and is serving as the camp's canoe instructor.

In its second year, a program focusing on outdoor training and leadership skills for students who have completed seventh and eighth grades gives these campers the opportunity to experience nature by participating in cooperative and independent activities. Campers in this group have a field trip and a campout each week.

Counselors Steve Speck, Nick Patterson and Jessie Moser have led trips to Hemlock Gorge in Baltimore County and a kayaking run down the Monocacy River. They also helped campers cook a delicious apple cobbler in a huge outdoor Dutch oven.

The campers in this group enjoyed the square dance despite initially thinking they were too old for such an activity. "They really got into it and we all had a blast," Egdahl said.

Although the other age groups are filled, an opening or two is available for Session B of the outdoor training and leadership group that runs July 20-31.

Information: 410-795-6043.

Family programs

Not only is Piney Run Park a terrific source of children's programs, the nature center also sponsors programs that the entire family can enjoy together.

BTC From 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. tomorrow, the nature center welcomes birder and wildlife photographer Art Kennel. A member of Hanover Bird Club, Kennel will share his birding and photography experiences through a slide presentation. A potluck supper will be included in the program, open to ages 6 through adult. Cost is $5 for member families and $7 for nonmembers.

From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Lorrie Voytek will lead a "Tree I.D. Walk" geared for beginners. All ages are welcome to learn the characteristics of the trees found at the park and their value to wildlife. The program is free.

The water world of dragonflies, crawfish and other park creatures will be the focus of a Sunday afternoon program called "Dragons and Damsels." The entire family can explore the lake shore during this program scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Cost is $3 for member families and $4 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-795-6043.

Summer concert series

Sykesville's Department of Recreation and Parks launched its summer concert series Saturday with a music festival and family fun day in Millard Cooper Park. Seven concerts are planned through the end of next month.

Ben Sherman will entertain from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Saturday. Sherman, a graduate of South Carroll High and Towson State University, has a performance degree in classical guitar and has given private guitar lessons for 15 years at Coffey Music in Westminster. He also has been a member of the rock band Hectic Red for the past 10 years.

Cooper Park is on Cooper Drive off Route 32 adjacent to Sykesville Middle School. Plenty of free parking is available at the school. Chairs, blankets and picnicking are encouraged. Alcohol is prohibited.

Information: 410-795-6390.

Football and cheerleading

Registration for the Sykesville Raiders football and cheerleading programs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18 and 25 at Carrolltown Center.

Programs are for boys and girls ages 6 to 13. Football divisions are determined by weight and age. Birth certificates must be presented at the time of football registration.

Information: 410-549-6296.

Kids' Club

Carrolltown Center's free monthly Kids' Club will meet at 10 a.m. today. All ages are invited to watch an Ace of Hearts Magic Show. Information: 410-781-7070.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 7/14/98

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