- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 6, 2001

Books

• "Summer Camp Answer Book," American Camping Association, 2000. Sponsored by L.L. Bean, this free booklet is full of helpful hints about summer camp. It is available by calling 800/428-CAMP.

• Peterson's Summer Opportunities for Kids and Teenagers, Petersons Publishers, 2001. This directory provides in-depth information on 1,800 summer camps and opportunities, including academics and travel. The directory, which costs $29.95, can be ordered by calling 800/338-3282.

Associations

• American Camping Association, 5000 State Road 67 N, Martinsville, Ind. 46151. Phone: 765/342-8456. Web site: www.acacamps.org. This nonprofit membership organization was founded in 1910 and has more than 5,000 members, 2,500 of which are camps. Its Web site is filled with valuable information, including a free camp database that contains locations, programs and costs for more than 2,000 camps nationwide.

On line

• Adventure Links camp has a Web site (www.adventurelinks.net) about its for-profit year-round camp. It offers one-week to seven-week programs for children ages 8 to 17, and the cost of the programs varies. Phone: 540/592-3682.

• American Music Stage has a site (www.americanmusicstage.com) for its acting camp for children ages 8 to 15. The nonprofit camp is held in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Community College at the college's Ernst Community Cultural Center theater in Annandale. The camp operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has a three-week session ($425) and a six-week session ($625). Deadline for admission is June 1. This camp is only for children with a real interest in theater and acting and is limited to 75 students per session. Public performances are held. Phone: 703/323-3102.

• America's Adventure Venture Europe has a Web site (www.aave.com) for its adventure camp for participants 11 to 19 years of age. The for-profit camp has a variety of programs, most of which incorporate a day of community service, both in United States and internationally. Phone: 800/222-3595.

• Flight Training Adventure Camp has a Web site (www.ftacamp.com). This for-profit camp offers two- and six-week programs for children ages 14 to 21. This year's camp is June 17 through July 22. It will be a tour camp in the Southwest, ending in Oshkosh, Wis., in time for the July 24 Oshkosh Air Show. Phone: 641/472-5217.

• Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) has a Web site (www.fonz.org/members/camp.htm) about its nonprofit camp held at the Smithsonian's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal. The camp is for children ages 9 to 12. There are two one-week sessions for 9- and 10-year-olds on July 8 through 14 and July 15 through 21 and two one-week sessions for 11- and 12-year-olds on July 22 through 28 and July 29 through Aug. 4. The cost for FONZ members is $550 for a one-week session and $990 for the two-week session. For nonmembers, those costs increase to $700 and $1,350, respectively. FONZ family membership is $47 for a year. Phone: 202/673-4994.

• Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission has a Web site (www.pgparks.com) for its Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. A variety of two-week sessions of a nonprofit camp dedicated to the visual and performing arts are held at various locations in Prince George's County. Phone: 301/454-1450.

• The National Association for Gifted Children's Web site (www.nagc.org) has links to summer enrichment programs held on college campuses around the country.

• U.S. Space Camp, an entity of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the state of Alabama, has a Web site (www.spacecamp.com) for this year-round nonprofit camp. Since 1982, it has had more than 367,000 participants. It's not just for children; adults also can get in on the fun. Phone: 256/721-7150.

• University of Virginia Summer Enrichment Program has a Web site (www.uva.edu) about its residential two-week session for students currently enrolled in grades 4 to 10. This program is highly competitive, with about twice as many applications as spaces available. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, and notifications are mailed on April 14. Cost per two-week session is $830 half is due May 1 and half on June 1. There are three sessions June 25 through July 16; July 9 through 20 and July 23 through Aug. 8.

• The Washington Opera has a Web site (www.dc-opera.org) about its camp. Phone: 202/295-2461. Opera Camp is for children ages 10 to 14. Campers will be selected by audition from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 13 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Call to schedule an audition. Dates for Opera Camp are July 23 through Aug. 17. The cost is $1,000, but scholarships are available based on need. Public performances of the Opera Camp will be held at St. Albans School (Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues) at noon and 2 p.m. on Aug. 18 and 19.

• The Opera Institute, for teens ages 15 to 18, is a three-week program scheduled for July 2 through 20. This program is held in conjunction with the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University. The audition will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at the university. Call to schedule an audition. The cost for this camp is $900. A public recital will be held July 21 on campus.

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