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BLM Jr. Camp

Helping Hands by Helen Bendure

The Barstow Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management has announced their 2007 Summer Junior Camp schedule. There are four camps, each for one week during the time period, July 23 to August 17.

o Session 1, ages 10-12 from July 23-27,

o Session 2, ages 7-9 from July 30-Aug. 3,

o Session 3, ages 9-12 from Aug. 6-10,

o Session 4, ages 9-12 from Aug. 13-Aug. 17.

Registration is now open, and each session is limited to 12 students. Each camp fee is $90 and must be paid by July 1. Spaces will be reserved only upon receipt of completed registration form and payment. Contact DDC Educational Director Helen Fields at 252-6060 for more information and a registration packet.

Those attending must be at the Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Road, and ready to start promptly at 9 a.m. Lunch break is from 12 to 1 p.m. Campers must bring a lunch each day. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. Also needed is a water bottle or canteen. Binoculars and camera are optional. Pick-up at DDC is at 4 p.m. and should be available on time.

The camp operates on the theory that a hands-on experience is the best way to stimulate curiosity, foster appreciation and teach children about the endless wonders of the Mojave Desert. Each session will have at least two adult educators and also assistance from volunteers.

Those attending in Sessions 1 and 2 will focus on natural resources with a field trip to the MRC (Materials Recovery Center) and Mojave Desert AQMD (Air Quality Management District); learn about benefits of organic food and gardening with a trip to local worm farm and local supermarket; focus on botany with a trip to the Barstow Community College garden; learn about history from some local American Indians and be involved with an art project. The last day, there will be a trip to Calico Ghost Town and an afternoon of study about wildlife with Dr. Glassey and his wonderful creatures.

Session 3 is "Kids in the Parks" week exploring local city, county and national parks. Included will be a visit the local Sportspark to learn through playing nutritional kickball and learn the "no trace" philosophy. They will spend time learning at Calico Ghost Town, a San Bernardino County Park, The Mojave National Park and Dana Park in Barstow. They will also experience a tree class and swimming at Foglesong Park.

Session 4 is Living History-Performing Arts week, when students will recreate an Old Spanish Trail adventure. They will prepare a play with script, costumes and puppets during the week and conclude by presenting a very special performance.

As has been done in past summer camps, businesses, organizations and individuals wishing to sponsor a child to attend, or contribute to help support this fun-filled summer of experiences, are encouraged to also call Fields at 252-6060.

ABOUT THE WRITER: Helen Bendure is a correspondent for the Desert Dispatch She can be contacted at

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