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Summer Camp Registration Begins March 22 at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Registration for the summer youth programs sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College will begin Wednesday, March 22.

This year, Hudson Valley is offering an all-new Summer Academy for children and teens, as well as its popular Summer Educational Enrichment Program, Athletic Camps, Technology Enrichment Program, Junior Counselor Program and Summer Youth Theater Workshop.

Last year, more than 700 young people enjoyed the college’s summer programs. This year’s programs begin June 26 and run through mid-August.

Complete information about the summer programs can be found at, or call the Office of Community and Professional Education at (518) 629-7339.

The college’s new Summer Academy lets elementary, middle and high school students choose from an amazing variety of half-day, week-long courses. Scheduled so your child can attend in the morning or afternoon, or both, the courses cover topics including language arts, science, mathematics, technology and history in a fun learning environment. Students can learn Arabic or Japanese, join a writer’s club and discover how newscasts are created. For teen-age students, courses include SAT preparation, career research and how to write a dynamic college essay.

The college’s expanded lineup of Summer Athletic Camps includes new offerings including football, lacrosse and softball pitching with University at Albany ace Casey Halloran, as well as basketball, dance, golf, softball, soccer, tennis and the always popular adventure camp. Basketball and soccer are full-day camps; all others are offered as half-day sessions.

This summer, the college will host a week-long Technology Enrichment Program that encourages exploration of science and technology among students in the middle grades. Incoming 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders can discover their interests and talents through hands-on activities in magnetism, robotics, engineering and electronics. There’s even a fitness break worked into the program to get participants’ bodies, in addition to their minds, working.

Back for a second consecutive year, the Summer Youth Theater Workshop takes campers through the entire process of creating a musical theater piece – from scriptwriting and creating songs to staging and acting in the final production. Students can choose to be on stage, work “in the wings,” or both. The program is offered in two sessions, one for those ages 8-11 and a second for those ages 12-15.

The Summer Educational Enrichment Program has been a mainstay of summer youth activities on the Hudson Valley campus for many years. This year, weekly sessions for students entering first through seventh grades will cover character education, physical education, math, science, computers, language arts and social studies. Campers are grouped by age and are accompanied by a counselor throughout the day.

Designed for those entering eighth and ninth grade who hope to work in a camp setting or as a babysitter, the two-week Junior Counselor Preparation Program prepares participants through hands-on training in children’s activities, CPR, first aid, and child management. During the second week, junior counselors will work in the college’s Summer Educational Enrichment Program.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.