May 1, 2011

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Donate online at www.charlotteobserver.com/summercampfund. Or send donations to The Summer Camp Fund, P.O. Box 37269, Charlotte, N.C. 28237-7269.

The camps

Summer Camp Fund donations go to camp scholarships for children from low-income families. The nonprofit POST (Partners in Out-of-School Time), based in Charlotte, administers the program.

The Summer Camp Fund awards grants to the summer camps; individuals cannot apply to receive funding.

The 2011 sites are:

Camp Royall, a residential camp for people with autism. It's near Pittsboro and run by the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Center, a residential camp in Reidsville about two hours northeast of Charlotte.

Camp Celo, a farm camp in Burnsville, about 120 miles northwest of Charlotte.

Camp Grier, a residential camp at Old Fort, about two hours west of Charlotte and operated by the Presbyteries of Charlotte, Salem and Western North Carolina.

Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, which hosts day camps focusing on the 23 species of raptors on site, as well as canoeing, hiking and geocaching.

Charlotte Nature Museum, operated by Discovery Place Inc, which provides day camps focusing on nature and outdoor experiences.

Discovery Place science education center in Charlotte, which partners with area outdoor parks and nature sites for summer day camps.

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, with Camp Ginger Cascades outside Lenoir, about 75 miles northwest of Charlotte.

Camp Low Country, an overnight camp run by Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, about 40 miles north of Charleston.

Camp Lutheridge of Lutheridge + Lutherock Ministries, in Arden, about two hours west of Charlotte and owned by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Charlotte, with Camp Walter Johnson, an overnight camp in Denton, about 70 miles northeast of Charlotte.

The Stanly County Family YMCA, with day camps in two locations and at an outdoor park in Albemarle about an hour east of Charlotte.

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte and Camp Thunderbird, a day and residential camp on Lake Wylie.

Participating Summer Camp Fund camps must provide the scholarships to youths from the following counties:

In North Carolina: Alexander, Anson, Avery, Brunswick, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union, Watauga and Wilkes.

In South Carolina: Chester, Chesterfield, Florence, Horry, Greenville, Kershaw, Lancaster, Scotland and York.

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