Parents who plan to send their children to camp this summer should mark Feb. 7, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., on the calendar. This is the date and time of Camp Expo '93, to be held at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice village center.
More than 50 camps, for children from preschool to high school, will be there with displays, and representatives from each camp will be present to answer any questions.
There also will be video presentations and lots of informative brochures available. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the experiences each camp offers, and for parents and children to get help making their choices.
Jo Anne Miller, the program coordinator for Camp Expo '93, says that whatever a child's interest may be -- arts, camping, travel, adventure, sports -- parents will find camps targeting those interests.
"The variety of camps is impressive," she says. "Naturally, the day camps are local, and most of the overnight camps are from the mid-Atlantic region. However, camps from all over the East Coast will be represented.
"We'll even have wilderness adventure camps offering two- to four-week trips into the Canadian Rockies, and student hosteling camps offering bicycle tours of Canada and Europe."
For many children, summer camp is part of growing up. Some kids look forward to attending summer camp; others face the prospect with dread.
"Choosing the right camp is very important. It can make all the difference for your child," says Ms. Miller.
Children's attitudes toward summer camp often are determined by their initial experience. That first camp probably will be the first time they have been away from home and family for an extended period. That, in itself, can be a frightening thought for a child.
Ms. Miller is excited about a new Expo offering this year from the American Camping Association. It is a special presentation called "How To Pick A Camp For Your Child." The 20-minute program is designed to provide information to help parents choose the right camp for their child. It will be shown throughout the afternoon.
Camp Expo '93 will also have representatives from the Maryland Leadership Workshop, who offer camp programs for middle and high school students who show leadership potential.
And there are camps especially for students who are among the gifted and talented.
Howard Community College will be present, as will Howard County Parks and Recreation and the Columbia Association.
Kahler Hall Director Wendy Tzuker notes that this is the ninth annual Camp Expo.
"We are now recognized as having one of the best summer camp expos in the Maryland area. We no longer
have to ask camps to send representatives. Now, they call us well in advance to reserve space," she says.
Admission to Camp Expo '93 is free. For additional information, call contact Jo Anne Miller at 730-3888.
Howard County General Hospital will be offering a number of informative health and first aid courses in February.
Knowing what to do in emergencies can be the difference between life and death.
A course on CPR for infants, children and adults will be held on Tuesday and Feb. 4 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The cost is $25.
Child safety will be the subject of a course for parents, grandparents and child-care providers to be held Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The fee is $20 per person or $35 per couple.
A three-part first aid course will be offered beginning next Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and continuing on Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. Participants will receive certification. The fee is $60.
For additional information, or to register for any of the above courses, call the hospital at 740-7600.
Several months back, I wrote about the baking classes offered by Celeste Slater, Columbia's cake and pie maker extraordinaire. Since then, many people have taken advantage of her classes.
Celeste will begin a new class on the art of cake decorating at Slayton House, in Wilde Lake Village Center, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 1.
The cost of the four-week course is $40. Materials are not included. For additional information and registration, call 730-3987.