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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

February 21, 2003

Charlotte, NC - The calendar may say February and the thermometer may be hovering in the 40s or below, but now is the time to think about how your children and teens will spend their summer vacation. Mecklenburg County offers numerous activities for children of all ages.  The earlier you sign up, the better chance you have of getting the activity of your choice.

· Park and Recreation offers a variety of regular and specialty summer camps.  Regular day camp registration forms are available at Park and Recreation centers or online at   Applications sent via mail must be postmarked no earlier than March 10 and no later than March 28.  Walk-in registrations are accepted April 14 at registration sites, if space is available.  Waiting lists will be kept.  More information on Park and Recreation summer activities is available by calling 704-336-3854.

· Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development offers a week at camp in Reidsville, N.C.  June 22 - 27, 2003.  Campers will enjoy a week of swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, climbing, archery, crafts, environmental studies, etc.  Older groups will participate in team building and high ropes.  Evening programs consist of a talent show, land and water sports, campfires and more.  Camp is for youth ages 8 - 14.  The cost is $285 with a deposit of $100 due by March 22.  Call 704-336-2082 for more information.

· The Public Library's summer reading programs encourage kids to read-and have fun along the way! Beginning June 11, kids ages 6-12 can sign up for the Summer Reading Club "Mission: Read" ( and receive a reading record to track the amount of time they read through the summer. Rising sixth- to 12th-graders can sign up for "Train Your Brain" (, a summer reading program for teens. Library locations feature special programs for all ages throughout the summer, to enhance the summer reading experience. For more information on Library events and activities, visit or call 704-336-2070.

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