The Breakers Sets Summer Educational Camps for Adults, Kids

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PALM BEACH -- The Breakers this summer is offering educational camps for children and teens.

Cooking and money management are among the scheduled themes of the camps.

Although the camp fees are not commissionable, the hotel stays during the June, July and August dates involved are commissionable.

Instruction is given and seminars are held in the morning, with the afternoon free for golf, tennis, excursions or relaxation.

Lunch and snack breaks are included in the fees as are the graduation reception and formal dinner, if they are part of the program.

Room rates during the summer are at their lowest: $130 per night for superior units and $160 for deluxe.

The aim of the camps, according to David Burke, The Breakers' vice president of sales and marketing, is "to create unique getaways that produce more for our guests than great memories alone."

Highlights of the camp programs and related fees follow:

* Coconut Crew Summer Camp, June 9 to Aug. 22, for visitors ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12.

There are weekly themes, such as the environment, snorkeling and water safety, with most of the time spent on recreational activities.

The price is $200, Monday through Friday.

The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an extension to 5 p.m. optional for $10 a day.

* Culinary Camp, June 22 to 28, for guests ages 12 to 18.

Matthias Radits, The Breakers' executive chef, is the instructor.

The preparation of hors d'oeuvres, salads, appetizers, pastas, seafood, dessert and healthy cooking and food presentation skills are covered.

The cost is $775.

* Etiquette Camp, July 20 to 26, for ages 8 to 18. Dorothea Johnson, director of the Protocol School of Washington, is the instructor.

Telephone techniques, table manners, grooming, invitations, introductions and proper speech are among the skills taught. The price is $775.

* The Money Management Camp, Aug. 3 to 9, for ages 12 to 18. This program focuses on investments, the stock market and the value of savings; videotapes, computer games and tournaments are involved.

The cost is $775 and Susan Bradley, a certified financial planner, is the instructor.

For adults, The Breakers will operate the following program:

* A Business Protocol seminar, July 20 to 26. It will cover investment advice for meeting current and long-term goals, including tax angles, college funding, retirement, estate planning, charitable donations, cash flow and financial planning.

The cost is $1,400, and Susan Bradley is the instructor.

There is a reduction in camp fees for two or more enrolled children and parents in these cases qualify for adult discounts.

The camp, seminars and rooms can be booked through the special-events coordinator at (561) 655-6611 or by calling (888) BREAKERS.

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