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Summer Serves Up Fun For All Ages at SUNY Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Summer Safari, which has been combining learning and hands-on fun for kids for the past 20 years at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, has a great slate of summer enrichment programs for children of all ages.

The Summer Safari schedule includes a host of exciting classes, including:

  • Summer Theatre Workshops
  • Kid Konkoctions
  • Origami: A Fun, Ancient Art
  • Backyard Astronomers Club
  • Camp Med
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Creating Your Own Comic Book
  • Mummies, Catapults and Viking Ships
  • Clowning Around with Movement and Masks
  • Plus many more!

Kate Chilton, conference director for College Auxiliary Services, said that Summer Safari quells the potential boredom of a long summer; stirs up new ideas; and lets kids and parents experience the joy of creativity.

"Summer Safari is such a great program because kids get to delve into something of particular interest to them or something that is brand new and exciting," said Chilton. "Classes are small; teachers have a special interest in the subject and in sharing their knowledge with young people. Kids get a terrific sense of accomplishment and well being."

For more information on Summer Safari, contact CAS at 518-564-3054 or check on line at www.plattsburgh.edu/cas

Lake Champlain Sea Kayak Institute
Also on tap this summer at SUNY Plattsburgh is the Lake Champlain Sea Kayak Institute. The institute includes a four-day sea kayaking course Monday-Thursday, July 25 - July 28, both for non-college credit and college credit.

Sea kayak clinics will be held on Sunday, July 24 at the Valcour Kayak Center, which is located at the Valcour Education Conference Center, Route 9, Plattsburgh. Clinics include an intro clinic; rescue and recover; forward stroke; and hand rolling. The cost is $50 per clinic, and rental equipment is available.

Demo Day, on Friday, July 29 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Valcour Kayak Center, will feature sales representatives from national sea kayak companies and local retailers who invite you to come out and try the latest kayaks and kayaking equipment. Demo Day is free and open to all.

On the final day of this summer's Lake Champlain Sea Kayak Institute, the fourth Round-the-Island Race will be held for kayakers of all skill levels. This seven-mile citizen's race is an opportunity to enjoy the recreational company of other paddlers, to circum-paddle Valcour Island and have mountain views of New York and Vermont. Registration, which costs $10, begins at 8 a.m. at the Valcour Kayak Center with the race starting at 9 a.m.

For more information on the Lake Champlain Sea Kayak Institute, contact Dr. Larry Soroka, director of the Adirondack Experience at SUNY Plattsburgh, at 518-564-5292 or check on line at www.plattsburgh.edu/academics/adx/lcski.php

Sports Camps at SUNY Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh State will also offer a series of sports camps for kids including boy's and girl's basketball, hockey, track and field, soccer, volleyball and strength and conditioning. For more information, contact the following:

Boy's Basketball: Tom Curle, men's basketball coach, 518-564-4143
 Ages 8-16: Monday - Friday, July 18 - 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Girl's Basketball: Cheryl Cole, women's basketball coach, 518-564-4147
 Ages 9-16: Monday - Friday, July 11 - 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

High School Girl's Basketball Team Camp: Scott Hildreth, 518-564-4160
 Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 Sunday, July 24, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Boy's and Girl's Hockey: Steve Moffat, men's ice hockey associate coach, 518-564-3607
 Ages 11 -15: Monday - Friday, July 25-29, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Boy's and Girl's Track and Field: Brett Willmott, track and field coach, 518-561-4145
 Grades 5 - 8:  Tuesday - Thursday, July 5 - 7, 9 - 11:30 a.m.
 Grades 9 - 12: Tuesday - Thursday, July 5 - 7, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Boy's and Girl's Soccer: Chris Waterbury, men's soccer coach, 518-562-8252
 Ages 4 - 6: Monday - Friday, June 27 - July 1, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
 Ages 6 - 12: Monday - Friday, July 25 - 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 Ages 13 - 18: Monday - Friday, July 25 - 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Boy's and Girl's Volleyball: Dena O'Connell, women's volleyball coach, 518-564-4244
 Ages 10 - 14: Monday - Friday, Aug. 1 - 5, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 Ages 15 - 19: Monday - Friday, Aug. 8 - 12, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Boy's and Girl's Strength and Conditioning Camp: Jason Pachter, 518-564-3089 or Brett Willmott, 518-564-4145
Ages 14+: Monday - Thursday, July 11 - Aug. 4, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

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