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Summer camp expo returns with new options and prizes

Emory's Camp & Learning Expo 2012 will be Thursday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodruff P.E. Center, 4th floor auxiliary court.

The popular event, from the Emory WorkLife Resource Center, offers working parents of school-age children child care options for the summer.

Employees and dependents of Emory University, Emory Healthcare, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta can get information on summer camps and learning programs in metro Atlanta from about 80 vendors, according to Audrey Adelson, dependent care program specialist at the WorkLife center.

Both Emory camps and programs and external ones are represented and cover a wide range of activities and specialties from sports to the arts to academics.  They are for children ages six to 17, Adelson. Also represented are counselor-in-training programs at camps for older children.

This year, Adelson says, camp and program representatives were asked to complete and display a notice that shows what ages are served and where the programs are located. “This was based on feedback from last year,” she says, so parents will know immediately if the program is relevant.

Prizes will be raffled off, including gift cards for restaurants, spas, movies, family activities, gas and more.  Attendees are asked to sign in upon arrival to be entered in the prize drawings.

Among the new vendors this year are child care provider Bean Work Play Café, Oak Tree Camp, Montessori Academy of Scott Boulevard Summer Camp and Chef Tech Academy run by a chef who works with Emory food services, says Adelson.

Free snacks and warm beverages are provided for attendees. Adelson says while the event is free, an RSVP is requested to help determine amount of food needed and other logistics.

A list of vendors attending and prizes to be raffled, plus other information about the Expo is at Or contact Audrey Adelson 404.727.1261.

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