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03/11/2008
Summer Camp Registration Begins March 18 at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, bryaneri@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Registration for summer youth programs sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College begins Tuesday, March 18. New from the college this year is Camp Millionaire, which teaches financial management skills in a fun and productive way for 10 to 13-year-olds.

Camp Millionaire offers clues on how young people can take their allowance, birthday money or spare change and make it grow. The full-day program, offered from Aug. 11-15, teaches lessons kids can use forever.

Many of the college’s favorite camp programs return this year, including the popular Summer Educational Enrichment Program, Summer Academy, Athletic Camps, Technology Enrichment Program and Theater Workshop.

Last year, more than 900 young people participated in the college’s summer programs. This year’s programs begin, Monday, June 30 and run through mid-August.

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

The college’s Summer Academy lets elementary and middle school students choose from a variety of half-day, week-long courses. Scheduled so children can attend in the morning, afternoon, or both, the courses cover topics such as science, math, technology and history in a fun learning environment. Students can learn Chinese, become a better singer, study creative writing or learn about the many careers involved with helping animals. For high school students, there is a three-week SAT Preparation course in July.

The lineup of Summer Athletic Camps offered at the college continues to grow. This summer, the college will offer an “all sports” camp, designed for campers who like to play a variety of sports. Basketball, track and field, team handball and wiffle ball are just a few of the many activities offered in this full-day program. Returning are instructional camps focusing on basketball, dance, golf, football, lacrosse, softball, soccer, T-ball, tennis and volleyball. The popular adventure camp will be offered in both a beginner and advanced level for the first time this year.

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. There’s even a fitness break worked into the program to get participants’ bodies moving.

The 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 two-week sessions, one for those ages 8-11 and a second for those ages 11-16.

The Summer Educational Enrichment Program has been a mainstay of summer youth activities on the Hudson Valley campus for many years. Weekly sessions for students entering first through seventh grades will begin June 30. Each week focuses on a particular topic, and campers will learn about oceans and rainforests or the Knights of the Round Table, depending on which week they attend. Campers are grouped by age and are accompanied by a counselor throughout the day.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 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.