January 25, 2014

Family Fare: Jan. 25, 2014


---- — Summer camp applications open

ALBANY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be accepting online applications for its 67th Annual Summer Camp Program season, which begins June 29.

Parents may register campers beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 through DEC’s online registration system and pay by credit card, e-check or with a sponsor code. Fees for the 2014 camp season remain $350 per one-week session per camper. Camp dates and a link to the online registration system are posted on DEC’s website: Families without Internet access should call the camp office at 402-8014 for information on how to register for camp alternatively.

Youths ages 11 to 17 will take part in week-long adventures in conservation education at DEC’s residential summer camps. They participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, bird watching, fly-tying, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping, orienteering and optional hunter safety education. Campers also learn about fields, forests, streams and ponds through fun, hands-on activities and outdoor exploration. DEC counselors teach youth conservation techniques used by natural resource professionals, such as measuring trees and estimating wildlife populations.

For the first time at DEC’s summer camp program since the 1980s, kids 11 through 13 can take a trapper education course taught by DEC certified instructors at two of the four camps. 

For more information, visit DEC’s website at, call 402-8014, visit “NYS DEC Summer Camps” on Facebook or write to: DEC Camps, 4th Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4500.

Camp scholarships are being offered

ALBANY — The Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will again provide scholarships for interested youths ages 12 to 17 to attend DEC’s popular summer camp program.

The camps, located at Camp Colby, Pack Forest, DeBruce and Rushford, provide an opportunity to learn more about the environment and have fun in the summer. Campers enjoy a week of summer fun and conservation education conducted by DEC’s well-qualified counselors. The scholarships pay all costs to attend. Parents provide transportation to and from the camps for the one-week sessions which are conducted in July and August.

The scholarships are a memorial to Sam Thuesen and Dennis Aprill, outstanding educators, leaders and anglers who devoted their lives to the North Country, and use funds provided by Trout Unlimited and the Siberian Rod and Gun Club, a press release states.

To apply, send a one-page letter telling why you want to go to camp to Gretchen Comfort, 749 Norristown Road, Schuyler Falls NY 12985 by March 31, 2014. The scholarships are limited to first-time attendees only. Please include age, school, and phone number/email address. These scholarships are limited; so don’t wait to apply if you want a great summer adventure.

For more information, go to or Google “DEC Summer Camps.”

Sunburst Model Search, Beauty Pageant set

PLATTSBURGH — Sunburst Model Search and Beauty Pageant will be presenting the Sunburst Pageant at Champlain Centre mall at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

All finalists chosen and crowned on the day of competition will advance on to the New York Sunburst State Finals to be held in Utica.

Judging is based on beauty and personality. There will be winners chosen out of 11 age divisions, ranging from under 1 year old to 27.

For information on how to enter visit or call (352) 429-4924. Entry forms are also available at the Champlain Centre mall office.

K of C Free Throw contest slated

CHAMPLAIN —  Champlain and Mooers area youth are invited to the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest at St. Mary’s Academy, 1129 Route 9, Champlain, beginning at noon Sunday, Jan. 26.

Boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are eligible to compete in separate age groups; winners of each council’s age groups and gender can advance to district regional, upstate and New York state level competitions. The district level playoff will immediately follow the local contest. The regional champion contest will be held on March 8 at Massena High School; the N.Y.S. Championship will be held at the West Point Military Academy this spring.

For information, contact Mark Badger at 297-2124 or Don LaPierre at 236-7654

Imaginarium hosts Winter Beach Blast

PLATTSBURGH — The Imaginarium Children’s Museum has planned a Winter Beach Blast from noon to 3 p.m. today.

Participants can build sandcastles, create seashell monsters and play luau limbo.

The event will be sponsored by Days Inn & Suites of Plattsburgh. A free night’s stay will be raffled, with the winner to be drawn during the event. Raffle tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. The winner need not be present to win.

Admission to the event is $6 each for non-members and $4 each for members. There are no pre-sale tickets. The purchase of admission will include access to the exhibit hall, as well as the event, which is open to the public.

Kids’ Cabin Fever Reliever planned

PLATTSBURGH — The Kids’ Cabin Fever Reliever and Resource Fair will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Plattsburgh City Gym, U.S Oval.

Activities will include bounce houses, face painting, information for parents, Pipsqueak the Clown and more.

Children who need time to acclimate to the gym environment are welcome to show at 12:30.

The event, sponsored by Autism Alliance of NENY, is free and open to the public.