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SUNY Potsdam warming up for summer camps

Though the snow may just be clearing out of the North Country, SUNY Potsdam’s Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation (CLEAR) is hard at work preparing for the summer. This year’s camp season will feature five overnight programs on the SUNY Potsdam campus between May and August. Summer 2009 marks the 39th anniversary of the Bears International Basketball Camp, which runs from July 12 to July 17 and is open to boys and girls entering grades three through 12. Last year, more than 500 American and Canadian players learned skills and fundamentals through individual and group instruction from a staff of top college and high school coaches. This year’s staff features the talents of SUNY Potsdam Head Basketball Coaches Sherry Dobbs, Jr. and Tara Ruckh, with assistance from Hall of Fame Coach and camp founder Jerry Welsh. Coaches Dobbs, Ruckh and Welsh will also bring us the 13th annual CAN-AM Hoops Classic, where teams from around the United States and Canada will converge on Potsdam for six days of international basketball competition. The boys’ tournament is May 29 through May 31 and the girls play June 5 through June 7. The tournaments are open to teams age 12 to l7 and A & B levels will be established in each age division to allow teams of similar age and caliber to compete against each other. Each team is guaranteed to play four games during the tournament and housing is available on campus. This year also marks the 37th annual Crane Youth Music Camp, beginning on Sunday, June 28, and continuing through Saturday, July 11. Under the direction of Crane faculty member Julianne Kirk, CYM continues to be one of the finest summer music programs for young musicians ages 12 through 18. Participants attend instrumental or voice lessons and perform in ensembles, bands, orchestras and choirs under the guidance of some of the most talented music educators and performers in the country. Some instrument quotas will fill soon, so campers are advised to register as early as possible. Debuting July 19 to July 22 is the CAN-AM Double Sticks Camp for male hockey/lacrosse players age 10 to 17. Under the direction of SUNY Potsdam Men’s Hockey Coach Aaron Saul and Potsdam High School Lacrosse Coach Todd Kaiser, this unique camp offers dual sport athletes the opportunity to develop and improve their skills in both hockey and lacrosse at the same camp. Campers can look forward to improving fundamentals, learning new skills on the ice and lacrosse field and dry-land training designed to improve speed and strength in both sports. Also returning is the “Camp d’ immersion en français,” which provides an opportunity for students age 9 to 17 to learn and practice French language skills in an immersive camp environment from July 26 to August 1. The camp is directed by two native French-speaking faculty members from SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Modern Languages, Drs. Céline Philibert and Mylène Catel, and is open to students with any level of ability and experience ranging from beginner to advanced. Camp concludes with an overnight trip to Montréal to practice the campers’ skills. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to reserve your spot in any of the camp programs. To register or request a brochure, contact the Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation at (315) 267-2167 or More information and online registration are also available on the CLEAR Web site at

Media contact:

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Office of Public Affairs,
(315) 267-2918