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Kids and Teens 6.7.2006

By Rick Racela

CAPE MAY – Nature Center of Cape May’s Summer Children’s Programs begin their 14th year June 26. The hands-on day camps will be held Monday through Thursday mornings through Aug.17. Classes for Pre-K through grade six are offered Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The more challenging Harborside Explorers is for grades four – 9 and meets Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Campers may attend just one day or enroll for the entire eight-week session. Special Friday morning children’s programs feature story hours and arts and crafts.
Call the Nature Center of Cape May at 898-8848 to register or go to website, www.njaudubon.org/Centers/NCCM.
 
 – Nature Center of Cape May holds their family-friendly Summer Moon Campfire, June 21, at 8 p.m. Enjoy fire-circle songs, tall tales, explore fascinating nocturnal wildlife, and, of course, roast marshmallows.
The fee is $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-12, discounts for NJAS members. There is no charge for children under 3 years. Call 898-8848.
STONE HARBOR POINT – Cape May Young Birders Club will meet July 30 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Stone Harbor Point (2nd Ave parking lot at the south end of town).  The large breeding colonies of terns and black skimmers make a fantastic sight and are very noisy.  For good measure there are breeding oystercatchers, piping plovers and large numbers of migrating shorebirds, plus herons and egrets.
ONGOING EVENTS
Barn Buddies – for kids interested in horses. Ages 8-11 meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 1-3 p.m. Dues $20 benefit the center. For more info 884-2048.
CCA-YAP – Youth Arts Program: variety of arts and social activities for youth 10 and older.
YAP – Saturday Nights: Arts and social activities throughout much of the school year for youth and children ages 6-16. Programs include  Junior Arts Camp for ages 6-10, and Camp Congress Hall for ages 6-12.
Summer Youth Art program: half day summer art classes in Cape May and the Villas. Call 884-7525.
Rebel: youth group that empowers other youth to make informed choices about tobacco use meets the first Monday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Cape Assist’s offices in Wildwood, 3819 New Jersey Ave.  New members are welcome.
Teen Karate: Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call 886-6902 or 889-8105.
Teen Program: Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 656 Seashore Road, Erma. Wednesdays – Teen Bible Study 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday Night Teens, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Homework Club: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Church of the Advent, Parish Hall, Washington and Franklin streets, Cape May.
4-H Teen Ambassadors: leadership, citizenship and community service projects for youth grades eight-12.  Meetings and activities held monthly. For more information: contact Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension 4-H Youth Development Program 465-5115 ext. 605.
AlaTeen: for teens with family or friends who are alcoholics: Thursdays, 8 p.m., Church of Resurrection, 200 W. Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, 547-0855.
Civil Air Patrol: ages 12-18: meets Thursdays, cadet programs, drill and ceremony, safety classes, aerospace education, emergency services. 624-0529.
Music: Impact Choir, Seashore Church, 886-6196; Kaleidoscope Kids singers, ages six-14, 465-7443; Community Concert Band, Norm Lochten, 465-8737.
NAACP: Youth Council, ages 14-21, 624-9152.
Scouting: ages five-17; Girl Scouts of the South Jersey Pines, 697-3900; Boy Scouts of Southern New Jersey, 327-1700.
Swim Teams: ages five-18: Cape May Recreation Dept., 884-9565; Crest Dolphins, 884-6390.
Tennis Clinics: for beginners and intermediates at the Wildwood Crest courts. Call WC Recreation Department at 729-8186.
Teen Services: numbers for activities, health questions; United Way, 729-2255, free directory.
Medical Explorers: will meet May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Maruchi Room. Open to students ages 14-19 who are interested in the medical profession. Call Ruth Particelli, 463-2367.
Volunteer for the following groups: Animal Welfare Society, 465-3403; Burdette Hospital, Etc. Shop, 463-2000; Cape May Nature Center, 884-9590; Cape May Rec., Terry, 884-9565; County Museum, Barbara, 465-3535; Crest Haven Nursing Home, Anthony, 465-1274; Habitat for Humanity, 463-0244; Lower Twp. Rec., Zack, 886-7880; MADD, 463-1616; North Cape Center, Paul, 898-8899; Red Cross, Peg, 465-7382; United Way, Suzanne, 729-2002; Wetlands Institute, 368-1211. Adults are also welcome.
CLIMBING HIGH – Mentors and Mentees from the Lower Township elementary schools were exited recently when a portable climbing wall was brought to the Maud Abrams school grounds for an end of the year activity. Mentors and Mentees took turns at trying the different skill levels on the more than twenty-foot tall wall. The Mentor program is sponsored by the Lower Cape Alliance.
FUN DAY – Maud Abram’s school celebrated Green and White Day, a day of fun and non-competitive games for students that features live music, sack races, hot dogs, and “balloon pop.”
Alexis Gilbert and Veronica Holmes work together in the two man sack race at Fun Day at Maud Abram’s School.

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