Thinking summer in November


First camp fair set for North Shore


For some kids, going to the right summer camp can make or break their summer. Parents, however, are more concerned with finding the right fit for their child. That's why Camp Etc. Showcase will give parents the opportunity to start their search early for the perfect camp. Sponsored by Women's American ORT, a national Jewish fundraising organization, the Camp Etc. Showcase on Nov. 2 will feature camps from across the nation. "Camps are very pleased, because it's a time where they are able to project a little bit better if they can recruit children for their camps," says Barbara Adler, special events coordinator. "For parents, after hearing what the camps have to offer, they can decide what's best for their child." This is the second year for the showcase, which houses many different types of camps-specialty, summer-long, week-long and day. Specialty camps include academic, travel, sports, computer and theater camps, as well as adventure tours around the world. Gail Lanznar, head of the Suburban Chicago Region Women's American ORT, says, "It's a way for kids to get education as well as [have] fun. "To be able to actually meet the people who run the program all in one day, it gives you [the parent] a leg up on the process. We all win," she says. The Camp Etc. Showcase will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, 933 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook. For information, call (847) 291-0475. And if you need more time to think about camp, Chicago Parent and the American Camping Association are co-sponsoring a weekend camp fair Feb. 7-8. Called Summer Fare 2004, running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Saturday's event will be at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel in Northboork; Sunday's at the Marriott Oak Brook, 1401 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. Ashley Ernst

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