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June 1, 2009
Online auction for summer camp to raise money for schools

Four California summer camps are auctioning camp sessions at discounted prices and offering parents a chance to raise money for their school.

The new group, called Camps for a Cause, is auctioning the summer camp sessions on eBay until Sunday, a news release states.

Participating camps include Gold Arrow Camp, Shaffer's High Sierra Camp, Catalina Island Camps and Kennolyn Camps.

The camps set each session's reserve price and some are up to 30 percent lower than regular price.

The camps are holding the auction in an effort to attract potential new campers as a fundraising endeavor for schools, the release states.

If the bids for the session surpass the reserve price, the difference will be donated to the winning bidder's public or private school.

"Children really need the opportunities that camp offers," Steve Monke, director of Gold Arrow Camps, said in a written statement. "The chance to really connect with people and our natural world is a vital stage in a child's development and camp allows children to explore these relationships in a fun and caring environment."

To bid on the sessions, search "summer camp" within eBay or search under the camps' names. Bidding closes Sunday.

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