Openings available in state's Outdoor Discovery campsThe...

News Digest

July 18, 1999

Openings available in state's Outdoor Discovery camps

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces that spaces are available in the last two sessions of the Outdoor Discovery camps, operated by the state Forest and Park Service.

The camps are for children ages 8 to 11. During the weeks of Aug. 2 to 6 and Aug. 9 to 13, space will be available at two Outdoor Discovery camp locations:

Susquehanna State Park, in Harford County near Havre de Grace. Activities include hiking, fishing, swimming, rock climbing, tubing, environmental education, campfire program, the Junior Rangers and Scales and Tales programs, canoeing and trips to Gunpowder Falls and Kilgore Falls.

South Mountain State Park -- Echo Lake Area, in Washington and Frederick counties near Boonsboro and the Appalachian Trail. Activities include hiking, fishing, ropes and initiative course, environmental education, campfire program, the Junior Rangers and Scales and Tales programs, swimming, canoeing and trips to Greenbrier Park, Cunningham Falls, Fort Frederick and Washington Monument state parks and a visit to Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Spaces are also available during the week of Aug. 9 to 13 at:

Tuckahoe State Park, near Denton in Queen Anne's County. Activities include hiking, fishing, horseback riding, the Junior Rangers and Scales and Tales programs, environmental education, swimming, canoeing, archery, campfire programs, a low-ropes course and trips to Assateague, Sandy Point and Martinak state parks.

Each camp costs $300 a week, and enrollment is limited to 25 participants each session. Instruction, camping equipment, all meals and class supplies are provided. Limited transportation from various locations statewide to the camps is provided.

Information: 410-260-8154, 410-260-8010; toll-free at 877-620-8DNR, Ext. 8154 or Ext. 8010.

State commission gathers information on 2000 events

Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000 is seeking communities or groups planning a program or event next year.

Maryland 2000 is sponsoring several statewide projects, serving as a clearinghouse for the ideas and activities of other organizations focusing on the arrival of the millennium. The endorsement program provides Marylanders with information on millennium activities, support and promotion of local millennial events.

Applications for endorsement must meet these guidelines: The event or activity must have broad-based public appeal; offer free or low-cost public participation; focus on Maryland's history or future; feature Maryland's people, cultural heritage or significant achievements; and require no financial assistance from the commission.

Once approved by the commission, Maryland 2000 will help promote the program, activity or event, offering use of the official Maryland 2000 logo, and include events in the commission's calendar of events, newsletter and Web site.

Applications received before Sept. 8 will be included in the Maryland Office of Tourism Development calendar and a supplement to The Sun.

Information: 410-260-6350 or www.maryland2000.org.

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